Willamette Community Bank completes 135 service hours during Community Bank Week

Bank also donates over $1,000 in cash and goods to local nonprofits

Albany, OR — October 22, 2018. Willamette Community Bank didn’t want to use Community Bank Week (October 15–19) to celebrate themselves. Instead the bank decided to use the week to celebrate the communities they serve. So, last week bank employees and board members completed 135 volunteer hours at six nonprofits in Albany, Lebanon, and Salem while also donating over $1,000 in cash and goods to five local nonprofits serving youth and/or at-risk populations.

“Investing in a strong community means more than giving dollars,” says Joan Reukauf, President & CEO of Willamette Community Bank. “We know the importance of giving back both monetarily and with our hands, bodies, and minds. Volunteering not only has a great impact on our community, but a great impact on our people and building an environment that supports that is one of our top priorities.”

Employees from all three bank branches as well as members of the board of directors for the bank participated in volunteer work benefitting the following organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam (Lebanon & Sweet Home) — 6 total hours
  • Family Tree Relief Nursery (Albany) — 14 total hours
  • Fish of Albany — 14 total hours
  • SafeHaven Humane Society (Albany/Tangent) — 14 total hours
  • Linn Benton Food Share (Albany/Tangent) — 36 total hours
  • Habitat for Humanity (Salem) — 36 total hours

Employees also volunteered 15 hours to purchasing, gathering, and distributing cash donations and goods totaling more than $1,000 to the following nonprofits:

  • St.Mary’s Soup Kitchen (Albany)
  • First Christian Church Lebanon Soup Kitchen
  • Northwest Human Services, Inc. (Salem)
  • Fish of Albany
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam (Lebanon & Sweet Home)

Additionally, there was a non-perishable food collection barrel for Fish of Albany in the lobby of the Albany branch (333 Lyon Street SE). This barrel was filled by Friday and donated to Fish of Albany’s Annual Food Drive.

Oregon Community Bank Week was declared by Governor Kate Brown as a statewide celebration of the positive impact community banks have on their communities. Community banks are economic drivers for the state of Oregon, helping create jobs, providing loans locally so families and businesses can grow, and reinvesting in the communities they serve both financially and through active community engagement.

Willamette Community Bank completed more than 2,000 hours of community service in 2017, and will be looking to surpass that mark again in 2018 with efforts like Community Bank Week 2018.

About Willamette Community Bank: Willamette Community Bank was founded in Albany, Oregon with an interest in preserving local financial decision-making and building a better community. As we’ve grown to also serve Lebanon, Salem, and surrounding communities we remain committed to these principles.

Neighborly bankers. Cutting-edge services. Fiscal Strength. Local Reinvestment. It’s just who we are.

For questions please contact Trina Henderson at THenderson@willamettecommunitybank.com

Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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