Bank of the Sierra Provides COVID-19 Funding Through Sierra Grant Program, Awards $27K to Coastal and Southern California Nonprofits During First Quarter
June 3, 2021
Porterville, Calif. – Bank of the Sierra announced today that $27,000 was given to 10 nonprofits in the Bank’s Central Coast and Southern California markets during the first quarter. The Bank will continue to prioritize funding to nonprofit organizations that are fighting or have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Sierra Grant Program. Bank of the Sierra awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-30 nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of the program. Overall in the first quarter, Bank of the Sierra awarded a total of $86,500 to nonprofits in the eight counties it serves.
A Sierra Grant will benefit the Food Rescue and Food Pantry Program from Spirit of Santa Paula. Among many other services, the program offers two weekly food pantries that serve around 5,000 people each month in the Santa Clara River Valley. The number of families going to the organization’s food pantries have only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The French Hospital Medical Center Foundation (FHMC) will use its Sierra Grant to support a bilingual Lay Patient Navigator (LPN) position at Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC). An LPN helps patients make sense of confusing medical terms and health care system intricacies. After identifying a need for bilingual cancer services in San Luis Obispo County, the Center added a full-time, bilingual LPN to its staff. These services are offered free of charge to patients.
Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation will support its Patient Help Fund with a Sierra Grant. The program assists families facing an unexpected financial need during their child’s medical treatment. The fund has helped pay for rent, auto repairs, utility and other bills, baby cribs, strollers, and more. The Patient Help Fund has seen an increased number of requests due to COVID-19. Valley Children’s supports families throughout San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Merced, and Stanislaus counties.
“We are thrilled to support organizations that do so much for our communities,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to making a difference in every community we serve!”
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004, the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over $2.7 million to organizations that improve local communities. Nonprofits 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 bankofthesierra.com/sierragrant.
About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 44th 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 a loan production office and an online branch and provides specialized lending services through an agricultural credit center and an SBA center. Bank of the Sierra is recognized as one of the strongest and top-performing community banks in the country with a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial.