The Couv Cares for our Community
We take our role as a community bank beyond the borders of banking services and products. Our caring staff takes time out of their busy schedules to serve on boards and committees and to volunteer at events and other important activities. We are especially active with local organizations working to make a difference in people’s lives and in the business community in Clark County and beyond.
We are proud of our community partners. If you’d like more information about how you can also get involved with any of these nonprofit groups that we support in and around Clark County, please let us know.
Identity Clark County
Identity Clark County (ICC) is a non-profit business advocacy group that brings a business voice to community development. Regents Bank EVP Tami Nesburg serves on its Executive Committee. ICC’s annual investor meeting brings together its contributors and others in the community, including representatives from private business and public sector agencies, to discuss important community development issues and lobby to elected officials in Olympia. ICC is unique in the Vancouver community for its ability to coalesce different voices in support of community-wide initiatives.
Currently, ICC members and partners are focused on how to rework the operations of the I-5 freeway bridge so that the draw bridge doesn’t open and obstruct vehicular traffic during peak commute times. Each weekday, approximately 75,000 to 100,000 car trips pass over that bridge, but accommodating seaborne freight traffic is important as well. ICC is working toward resolving this issue by engaging a wide variety of stakeholders.
ICC is also working to provide more adequate shelter and day-use for the homeless and to improve educational access and programs in the two largest Clark County school districts. Click here to view Identity Clark County website and see an article from the Daily Insider announcing Tami’s appointment.
Gifts for Our Community
Gifts For Our Community is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to our community in the areas of human services, education and the arts. Tami Nesburg also serves on its Board. Gifts For Our Community runs an upscale furniture consignment store, Divine Consign, where people can exchange their furniture items either for a personal check or to have the proceeds of the sale donated to their favorite charity from a list of vetted organizations. Included in the store is Divine Bites, a cupcake shop. The organization also operates Divine Again, an upholstery service that trains apprentice upholsterers from Partners in Careers and Goodwill Training who want to learn a trade and become self-sufficient. Customers can bring in their furniture pieces for repair. The organization also opened bDivine Clothing a couple of years ago, selling donated women’s clothing and accessories.
Everything sold or raised by Gifts For Our Community’s programs and events goes toward the approximately $50,000 to $75,000 per year the organization grants to deserving charity organizations in southwest Washington, benefitting shelters, food banks, at-risk youth programs and many more. Learn more on their website.
Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Washington
The Boys & Girls Clubs of SW WA seek to provide a positive environment, quality programs and lifelong learning skills for all school age youth in Vancouver and its surrounding areas, with special concern for those coming from disadvantaged circumstances. Instead of hanging out on the streets or being home alone, youth come to the Club where trained professionals provide a safe environment for kids to have fun and be themselves, constructive programs that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits and supportive relationships that help build young people’s self-esteem. The Clubs are deliberately located in neighborhoods that lack services and facilities for youth.
Regents Bank is proud of our relationship with the Boys & Girls Club and is a proud sponsor of the Club’s annual Youth Partnership Luncheon. Last year, we invited Jo’siah, a boy we met at this luncheon, to shadow our staff for a day and explore his interest in becoming a banker one day. Based upon that experience, the Boys & Girls Club is considering implementing a mentorship program for the more than 3,000 members in our area. Click here for the Boys & Girls Club website and see an article on our Blog regarding our “Banker for the Day.”
Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation
Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation’s mission is to strengthen its value to the communities it serves by securing donations, funding and endowments beyond the scope of the library district’s operating budget, funding additional projects and services for all ages including children, teens, and seniors and inspiring community interest and involvement. Regents Bank VP, Devin Jackson serves as Chair of the organization’s Board and is a member of the Investment Committee. He, along with others from the Foundation, District and the community are working hard to establish three new library branches in southwest Washington in the coming years. These libraries are in different stages of site selection, design and fundraising. The Foundation supports life-long learning initiatives through their ongoing support of Summer Reading programs, financial literacy workshops and by increasing access to an expanding array of digital content. Click here for the FVRLF website.
Clark County’s First Citizen
Last month, for the 76th year, Clark County came together to honor its First Citizen, an award representing the county’s highest distinction of citizenship, to Nan Henriksen, former (and first female) Camas mayor. Nan also served on the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board and as chair of the Board of Freeholders. Regents Bank is a proud sponsor of the annual First Citizen Award. Our own EVP, Tami Nesburg, spoke at the event, which attracted 300 local business leaders. Tami loves the First Citizen program, because, she says, “you learn about people you wouldn’t necessarily know of, and the difference they have made in our community is substantial and lasting.” Learn more on their website.
Clark County Food Bank
Clark County Food Bank is a regional food bank that distributes 6 million pounds of food and 5 million meals a year. It partners with 34 local agencies and programs to serve those who would otherwise go without food in our community. With 65,000 hungry individuals in Clark County, the need is great, and Clark County Food Bank is here to help. One more way it’s now doing this is through a recently-added kitchen where meal preparation training is provided for those the organization serves. Regents Bank employees and their families, including Rene Wisch and Brian Feller, regularly volunteer their time to serve at the Food Bank. This summer, Regents Bank presented a $1,000 donation to Clark County Food Bank to help continue the organization’s good work. Our staff also helps out with financial management for the Food Bank. See their website for more information.
Our entire staff is very passionate about our local communities and the organizations that support them. At Regents Bank, we’re dedicated to providing our team the flexibility to contribute time and resources to charitable and civic organizations. Balancing work, family and community makes us feel happy and fulfilled. We know many others feel the same, and we’d be pleased to help you get involved with any of the organizations mentioned in this article. Please feel free to contact us!
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Posted on January 26, 2016, in Charitable Involvement and tagged boys and girls club of southwest washington, clark county's first citizen, devon jackson, fort vancouver regional library foundation, gifts for our community, Identity clark county, nan henriksen, Tami Nesburg. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.