Porterville, CA – Bank of the Sierra announced today that $36,500 was given to 11 non-profits in the Central Valley during the third 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. Overall in the third quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded $54,500 to non-profits within the bank’s eight-county, 40-branch footprint.
The CenCal Mentoring Academy will use their Sierra Grant for resources and training to help at-risk students develop and practice life skills, increase school attendance and improve their chances of graduating. The Clovis-based organization serves 1,200 students and has 30 locations throughout California, with most in the Central Valley.
The mission of the Kings County Commission on Aging is to maintain and improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of the county’s older residents. The organization will use grant funds to support services including adult day care, nutrition site management, legal assistance services, emergency assistance, transportation and more.
A Sierra Grant will help support the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Foundation's Scholarship Program to help ease the financial burden of textbooks and other school supplies on local students. The Scholarship Program began six years ago in response to the growing costs of higher education.
Family Services of Tulare County’s goal is to help children, adults and families heal from violence and thrive in healthy relationships. The organization operates the Goshen Family Center (GFC), which provides resources, information, supportive programing and services to the community. A Sierra Grant will be used to help pay for a full-time victim advocate for the GFC. Family Services serves more than 5,000 people each year.
“The Sierra Grant program is fantastic because it allows us to give back to the communities that have given so much to us!“ said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “We know these excellent organizations are devoted to our communities, and we’re thrilled to help.”
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004 the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over 1.9 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 was recognized as one of the strongest and top-performing community banks in the country, with a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial and a Sm-All Star award from Sandler O’Neill.