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As a community-focused bank, we empowered each of our offices to determine which local organization(s) would benefit from our charitable efforts this holiday season. We know that our employees who live and work in those communities best understand the unmet needs of their neighbors.
While we wish we could support all the wonderful nonprofits working hard to brighten this holiday season, we’re proud to lend a helping hand to these groups mentioned below, and we encourage anyone who wants to help to either participate in our drives or contact these nonprofit groups directly.
Our Vista office is hosting the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree gift drive. You’ll find Angel Trees in the bank lobby with gift tags for specific, requested gifts. The requests come from hundreds of area children, ages infant to 12 years old, who would otherwise have no gifts to open this holiday season. Families in need that sign up for the program must meet Federal minimum poverty guidelines to qualify.
Each angel on our trees has the name, age, gender and gift request of a child in need. You can “adopt” a child and purchase their (unwrapped) Christmas gift wish to deposit in the barrel we have displayed onsite. Our Vista office is also providing a Salvation Army food donation barrel to help families who don’t have enough food to put on their table this holiday season. For more information, visit Salvation Army’s website.
Our Escondido office is also supporting Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree gift drive, with trees displayed in the bank lobby. In addition, the office is collecting nonperishable food items for the Fallbrook Food Pantry and adopting a family through the Pantry. Our downtown office will adopt a family through this organization, as well. Established in 1991, The Fallbrook Food Pantry is one of our many wonderful nonprofit clients and is the largest agency of its kind in the unincorporated areas of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, De Luz and Pala. In 2016, the Pantry distributed 929,970 pounds of food, serving 24,589 families in need. For more information, visit fallbrookfoodpantry.org.
For residents of Fallbrook and Bonsall, the need for food and many other services will increase as a result of the recent wildfires. In addition to our support of the Food Pantry, many of our staff have made donations to the Red Cross to help provide comfort and support to Californians affected by these fires. If you would like to add your support as well, call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Our downtown and La Jolla offices participated in OPERATION: TROOP CARE, a food drive sponsored by Women Benefitting the Community for the families of the young men and women who are new military recruits in training. We collected nonperishable food items and grocery gift cards for the volunteer drivers to pick up in advance of the holiday season.
Our Vancouver, Washington office has been hosting its annual food drive for the Clark County Food Bank over the last month. We’ve had contributions from staff and clients alike, overflowing the red wagon we’ve been filling in our office. Clark County Food Bank is a regional food bank that distributes six million pounds of food and five million meals a year, partnering with over 35 local agencies and programs to serve those in need in the Vancouver community. For more information, visit clarkcountyfoodbank.org.
Our Vancouver team also adopted a family through Share Vancouver, a nonprofit organization that works to “lead the hungry and homeless to self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing, education, advocacy and compassion through the strength of our community.”
We’ve “adopted” a family through Share Vancouver’s ASPIRE/transitional housing program and its Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program. Our bank received a list of gift items requested by the family to purchase that we will have delivered to Share Vancouver. For more information, visit sharevancouver.org.
Wherever you are, we hope your holidays are warm and bright and that you have the opportunity to make the holiday better for those in need.
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