Bank of the Sierra Provides COVID-19 Funding Through Sierra Grant Program, Awards Over $64K to Central Valley Nonprofits During First Quarter
June 3, 2021
Porterville, Calif. – Bank of the Sierra announced today that $64,500 was given to 17 nonprofits in the Central Valley 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, the Bank awarded a total of $86,500 to nonprofits in the eight counties it serves.
Sierra Grants were awarded to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Fresno and Madera Counties and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kings County. Both organizations recruit, train, and support community volunteers to serve as advocates for high-risk children in foster care. The CASA organizations will use their funds to train their volunteer advocates.
Kern Partnership for Children and Families will use its Sierra Grant to fund Operation Fresh Start. The program helps resource families and foster children between the time a foster child is placed in a caregiver’s home and the resource family is approved by a state-mandated screening process. This process can take several months, which creates a funding gap during which the family cannot receive government payments to help care for the child. The organization will provide starter kits that include backpacks, clothing, diapers, shoes, toiletries, and more to help resource families and foster children.
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 Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara 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.