IRVINE, Calif. – December 22, 2011 – Opus Bank (the “Bank”) and Opus Community
Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 16
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
in California and Washington. The initiatives receiving the Foundation’s financial
support create enrichment and advancement opportunities that directly improve
the lives of individuals and families living 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. Additionally, seven of these organizations, A Place Called
Home, Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA, Christmas House, Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Washington, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Sky Valley Food Bank were selected by
Opus Bank team members through the Foundation’s Celebrate Generously holiday
Carol K. Nelson, President of Opus Bank’s Washington Region, stated, “We are
delighted to support these important community organizations in our state of
Washington. These grants are indicative of Opus Bank’s commitment to making a
difference in the communities in which we live and work. I’m particularly pleased
to be able to continue to support so many of those Washington organizations that
we’ve been partnering with over the years.”
The Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on critical
health issues, education, financial literacy, housing, or the arts.
California Grant Awards
A Place Called Home received a grant to support its afterschool program, which
provides children from low-income neighborhoods tutoring, mentoring, and music,
dance, and art classes in their youth center in South Central Los Angeles.
Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA received a grant to support its Secret SANTA
(Support And Nurture Those Americans who serve) program, which provides toys
and gifts to the children of the most junior members of the armed services.
Homework House received a grant to support its programs, which provide at risk
youth with mentoring and tutoring opportunities that help change their attitudes
about education and learning.
Human Options received a grant to support its Second Step housing program, which
provides battered women and their children financial literacy and life skills classes,
job readiness training, legal and supportive services, and assistance with locating
and obtaining affordable and permanent housing.
LA Goal received a grant to support its job training programs, which provide
developmentally disabled adults with vocational training, life skills classes, and
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire received a grant
to support its programs, which provide unique experiences that delight and inspire
children diagnosed with life threatening medical conditions.
Mercy House received a grant to support its Homeless Family Transitional Shelter
Program, which provides emergency shelter in a safe environment and support
services to families and pregnant women who otherwise would be placed into an
Palos Verdes Symphonic Band received a grant to support its programs, which
provide cultural enrichment through public concerts in the South Bay area of Los
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County received a grant to support its
Emergency Food Box program, which provides those in need with nonperishable
food items designed to supplement a family of four for a week.
Share Our Selves received a grant to support its holiday food relief program, which
provides emergency food and financial aid to low-income individuals and families,
ensuring that their basic subsistence needs are met.
Washington Grant Awards
Christmas House received a grant to support its annual toy give away, which
provides qualifying, low-income Snohomish County parents the opportunity to
select free holiday gifts for their children.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Washington received a grant to support its programs,
which provide unique experiences that delight and inspire children diagnosed with
life threatening medical conditions.
Master Builders Care Foundation received a grant to support its programs, which
provide building resources and expertise to Friends of Youth, an organization
dedicated to housing homeless youth.
Quilceda Community Services received a grant to support its residential and day
programs, which provide fitness, art, and social activities designed to keep the
developmentally disabled participants active, engaged, mentally stimulated, and
Shoreline Arts Council received a grant to support its Artists-in-Residence program,
which provides children with the opportunity to participate in curriculum-based
projects in dance, drama, visual arts, literary arts, and music under the supervision
and leadership of teachers and professional artists.
About Opus Community Foundation
The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) organization established by Opus Bank on
2010. The Foundation targets its philanthropic efforts in the areas of affordable
housing, community development, education, financial literacy, critical health
issues, and the arts. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate economic change, promote
reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen the communities around us.
About Opus Bank
Opus Bank, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial
bank with $1.9 billion of total assets, $1.1 billion of total loans, and $1.4 billion in total deposits,
as of September 30, 2011, before the impact of the acquisition of RMG Capital Corporation and
Fullerton Community Bank (“Fullerton”) that closed on October 31, 2011. At September 30,
2011, Fullerton reported $636.3 million of total assets, $475.9 million of total loans, and $473.8
million in total deposits. 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, high-net-worth individuals, professionals, and consumers.
Opus Bank offers a wide range of loan products, including commercial and industrial,
commercial real estate, multifamily residential, jumbo single-family residential, and consumer
loans; and is a Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Preferred Lender. Opus Bank currently
operates 37 banking offices, including 22 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington and
15 banking offices in Southern California. Opus Bank has announced plans to open new banking
offices in Danville, located in Contra Costa County; Encino, Long Beach, and West Los
Angeles, located in Los Angeles County; Irvine, and Laguna Niguel, located in Orange County;
Del Mar and La Jolla, located in San Diego County, California; and Kirkland, located in King
County, Washington. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com