Porterville, CA – Bank of the Sierra announced today that a total of $62,500 was given to 18 non-profits within its footprint during the second quarter. The bank awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-20 local non-profit organizations each quarter as part of its Sierra Grant program. In the Central Valley, $36,000 was distributed to 10 non-profits, including the following organizations:
Arts Visalia received funding for its Youth Education Program, which offers a year-round selection of activities and art classes for children ages 5 to 18. The funding will also support scholarships for children, including those who are at-risk or from low-income families and would not otherwise be able to participate in an art program. The non-profit community art center showcases exhibitions of various artists in their gallery, provides art education classes and hosts artist talks.
The Kings Guild, a leading donor to projects funded by the Valley Children’s Hospital Guild, received funding to assist with operational costs for their annual themed dinner dance fundraising event. Their costs include items for auctions and raffles, catering, entertainment, security, tickets, portable bathrooms, tents and more. The Kings Guild includes members from throughout Hanford, Lemoore and the rest of Kings County, and it is one of 15 guilds that supports Valley Children’s Hospital.
Fresh Start Youth Center dba Mollie’s House received funds to support mental health services for girls between the ages of 12 to 17 who are victims of sexual trafficking. The funds will also help the costs of improved nutrition and hygiene programs, emergency shelters, counselor visits and educational opportunities. The Fresno non-profit provides these services and 24-hour residential care to trafficking victims.
The Kern Partnership for Children and Families was awarded a grant to help fund its Operation Fresh Start – 2018 program. The non-profit puts together starter kits for resource families, who are parents that take care of foster children but are not eligible to receive temporary government support until they pass the required approval process, which can take up to 90 days or more. The starter kits include items such as backpacks, clothing and books, and for smaller children, diapers and toys.
Kevin McPhaill, Bank President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are thrilled for the chance to help so many wonderful organizations!” He added, “We are here to help our communities and the Sierra Grant program is just one example of that fact.”
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004 the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over 1.7 million dollars to organizations that improve local communities. Non-profits who wish to apply for a Sierra Grant can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch, or visit the bank’s web site at www.bankofthesierra.com/resources/sierra_grant_program.
About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 41st year of operations and is the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra is a community-centric regional bank, which offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services with full-service branches located within the counties of Tulare, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. The bank also maintains an online branch, and provides specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center, a real estate industries center, and an SBA center. In 2018, Bank of the Sierra received a Bauer Financial 5-star rating, an honor only awarded to the strongest financial institutions in the country.