The best way to celebrate turning 100? Giving back.

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How do you normally celebrate a big anniversary or milestone birthday? I would guess most people go to a nice restaurant for dinner or go on vacation. Or, maybe splurge on an expensive gift for yourself or your significant other. Well at UMB, we decided to celebrate our 100-year anniversary with a few million of our closest friends.

UMB has always stressed one thing above everything else – dedication to our communities. We currently touch 19 states throughout the United States with a physical presence for a wide variety of financial services, and we wanted to celebrate 100 years with the people who have supported us.

At the beginning of our milestone anniversary year, we challenged all of our associates to join together and give back. We asked 500 associates throughout our footprint to volunteer 5,000 total hours to organizations in their communities in 2013. That’s a pretty hefty ask, don’t you think? Our associates didn’t even blink. We still have a few more days left on our challenge, and our associates have already volunteered more than 31,700 hours with more than 1,000 organizations. More than six times the original goal. Now that’s dedication to the community!

But our associates still didn’t think that was enough. After all, turning 100 is a really big deal. So, more than 220 associates in St. Louis, Denver and Kansas City organized three separate days dedicated entirely to volunteerism. Approximately 50 St. Louis associates planted more than 40 trees at a Forest Park playground. Additionally, 70 associates in Denver built storage cabinets, painted rooms and even weeded overgrown flowerbeds for Urban Peak, an agency that offers services to young people struggling with poverty and homelessness. And in our hometown, associates helped spread the support across eight locations in Kansas City by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, American Royal, Della Lamb, and much more. We also spent a day uplifting veterans at the Kansas City Stand Down event in November.

I encourage you to join us in supporting your community through organizations you are passionate about! Cheers to another 100 years!


Ms. Vaughn West is the Vice President of Community Relations at UMB in Kansas City, Mo. In this role, she is responsible for managing corporate community outreach, associate volunteerism, charitable giving and the UMB Big Bash concert for a cause. She joined UMB in 2008. She earned a BA in Communications from University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She also has a certificate of business proficiency from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.  She has served on many community boards and volunteer councils, including her current position as vice-president of United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council. 

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