At the national ceremony, Northeast Bank's philanthropical efforts were further recognized as they were selected as the Jefferson Award Business Journal Recipient for Outstanding Community Service. Sue Sjoselius accepted the honors on behalf of the Bank; Sjoselius articulated the bank's gratitude to a crowd of more than 400 people, which included other National Jefferson Award honorees, politicians and dignitaries.
Northeast Bank's submission was based upon their extensive volunteer program. In 2011, board members, officers, and employees logged almost 4,000 volunteer hours as members of organizations, supporters of worthy community projects, and workers at events. The bank's board members and officers are affiliated with over 50 local non-profit organizations.