Community bank’s Sierra Grant Program provides funding for 16 non-profit organizations in the South Central Valley, So Cal and the Central Coast.
PORTERVILLE, CA – Bank of the Sierra announced 16 non-profit organizations were awarded grants totaling $45,000 during the second quarter through its Sierra Grants Program. The bank awards approximately 15-20 local organizations with $1000-$5000 in grants every quarter based on the specific needs of the organization.
Teen Challenge of Southern California (Central Valley) is an organization geared toward educating the public about addiction and serving as a support system for those battling addiction. They were awarded $5,000 to fund their Annual 5K Walk for Recovery. Funds raised will help cover the expenses for their residential recovery facility.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Luis Obispo County, Inc. (CASA), is an organization that advocates for neglected and abused children that travel through the court system. They recruit, train and supervise volunteers that put these children first and give them a voice within the court system, making sure that they find a permanent home that is both safe and nurturing. They were awarded $5,000 towards their training program which covers the cost of training two CASA volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire is an organization that aids lower income community members who require assistance with preserving their homes and keeping them safe and accessible. They were awarded $3,000 to support their Home Preservation Program.
Woods Humane Society, an organization that works to get animals off the streets and into loving homes, was awarded $4,000 to support their Pets for Vets Program which gives back to service members by waiving sponsored pet adoptions as a gesture of appreciation for their service.
Ventura Family YMCA/Channel Island Young Men’s Christian Association was awarded $3,000 for their LiveStrong Program which aids cancer survivors in their continued recovery free of charge.
“We are excited to support organizations that give back to our communities,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank President and CEO, adding that, “we will continue working together to help these organizations succeed in making our communities better.”
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 website at www.bankofthesierra.com/resources/sierra_grant_program.
About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 40th year of operations and is the largest independent bank headquartered in the San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra is a community-centric regional bank, which offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services via 34 full-service branches located throughout California’s South San Joaquin Valley and neighboring communities, on the Central Coast, and in Southern California locations including the Santa Clara Valley. We also maintain a loan production office and an online branch, and provide specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center, a real estate industries center, and an SBA center.