IRVINE, Calif. – April 30, 2012 – Opus Bank (the “Bank”) and Opus Community
Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 15
grant awards to charitable organizations that the Bank and Foundation believe will
have an immediate and long lasting impact on efforts to rebuild our communities.
The initiatives receiving the Foundation’s financial support create enrichment
and advancement opportunities that directly improve the lives of individuals and
families in the communities Opus Bank serves.
Stephen H. Gordon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Opus Bank and
Chairman of Opus Community Foundation, stated, “While Opus Bank remains
focused on providing capital funding to business owners, real estate investors, and
entrepreneurs who share our vision to expand and grow, our vision doesn’t stop
there. The organizations with whom we have chosen to partner
have programs targeting specific areas of need in our California and Washington
communities. These programs have consistently proven to be very successful and
have shown great results.”
California Grant Awards
Angels Gate Cultural Center received a grant to support its Artists in Classrooms
programs, which provide arts education to underserved youth of San Pedro and Los
Angeles Harbor through sustained, skills-based, in-classroom arts instruction and
field trips to the Cultural Center’s galleries and workshops.
El Viento received a grant to support its programs, which provide low income
youth in grades 4 through 12 from the Oak View Community the support and
opportunity to graduate high school and get into college through their after-school
tutoring, college preparation and guidance, enrichment activities, and leadership
OC Stem Initiative received a grant to support its programs, which are designed to
promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education throughout
Orange County in grade levels K through 12 by developing a collaborative
relationship among Orange County’s schools, teachers, non-profits, businesses, and
educational science centers.
Operation Jump Start received a grant to support its college preparation and
scholarship programs, which provide at-risk youth from Long Beach with the skills
and vision to go to higher education through individual mentoring, educational
case management, developmentally-based educational workshops, college tours,
community service initiatives, and social programs.
Orange County Community Housing Corporation received a grant to support their
College Awareness Program, which prepares students in grades 7 through 12, and
their parents, with the necessary knowledge and resources to pursue a higher
education through academic counseling, character development, leadership development, cultural awareness,
civic duty, and parent involvement.
Reality Changers received a grant to support its after-school programs, which
provide inner city youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the resources and
inspiration to become first generation college students by supplying academic
support, financial assistance, leadership training, community service opportunities,
mentoring, and college application assistance.
Riordan Programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management received a grant to
support its Scholars Program, which provides educational and college preparation
courses, mentorship, and professional development for high school students from
University of California, Irvine received a grant to support its Financial Literacy
Summer Residential Program, which provides a residential education experience
focused on financial literacy to young women and men from underserved, low-to-
moderate income areas of Southern California.
Westside Children’s Center received a grant to support its programs, which provide
underserved, vulnerable children and their families in southwest Los Angeles
County with crucial services, including early care and education, child development,
family preservation, foster care, adoption, mental health, and health services.
Washington Grant Awards
Eastside Friends of Seniors received a grant to support its program, which mobilizes
volunteers to provide basic needs and services to senior citizens residing in
Eastern King County that allow them to remain in their homes and maintain their
Encompass received a grant to support its Family Service programs, which provide
low income families living in the Snoqualmie Valley with family and parenting
support and education that improves early childhood literacy and school readiness.
Housing Hope received a grant to support its programs, which provide affordable
housing, education and employment support, child care and child development
services, and adult life skills education to low income or very low income individuals
and families in Snohomish County.
Village Theatre received a grant to support and fund scholarships, which give at-risk
youth from low income families the opportunity to participate in the theatre’s multi-
faceted youth arts education program.
Volunteers of America-Western Washington received a grant to support its
Mentoring Children of Promise program, which pairs at-risk youth with adult
mentors who help the youth to develop and reach positive academic, career, and
YMCA of Snohomish County received a grant to support its Casino Road Youth
Development Center, which provides academic support, career exploration,
mentoring, and service learning opportunities for youth ages 5 through 18.
About Opus Community Foundation
The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) organization established by Opus Bank on
September 30, 2010. The Foundation targets its philanthropic efforts in the areas of affordable
housing, community development, education, financial literacy, health and human
services, and the arts. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate economic change,
promote reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen our communities.
About Opus Bank
Opus Bank, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial
bank with $2.4 billion of total assets, $1.6 billion of total loans, and $1.9 billion in total deposits,
as of March 31, 2012. Opus Bank provides high value, relationship-based banking products and
exceptional service to its clients comprised of small and mid-sized commercial businesses,
entrepreneurs, real estate investors, professionals, and consumers. Opus Bank offers a wide range
of loan products, including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, multifamily
residential, conforming and jumbo single-family residential, and consumer loans; and is a Small
Business Administration (“SBA”) Preferred Lender. Opus Bank currently operates 45 banking
offices, including 23 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington and 22 banking offices in
Southern California. Opus Bank has announced plans to open new banking offices in Danville,
located in Contra Costa County; Del Mar, located in San Diego County, California; Gig Harbor,
located in Pierce County; and Mount Vernon, located in Skagit County, Washington. For
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