EVERETT, Wash. – May 30, 2013 – Opus Bank (the “Bank”) and Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of nine grant awards to charitable organizations that the Bank and Foundation believe will have an immediate and long lasting impact on efforts to rebuild and strengthen 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.
Debbie McLeod, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking of Opus Bank, stated, “The programs and organizations we are supporting with these grants fill the basic needs, support educational and personal growth, and address some of most compelling challenges confronting disadvantaged children and families. The grants are indicative of our continuing commitment to the organizations that are creating positive change in the lives of families living in the Seattle/Puget Sound region of Washington.” McLeod added, “We are grateful for the efforts of those with whom we have partnered; those individuals, businesses, families, public agencies, and service groups that give freely of their time, talents, and resources to make a difference in the communities where we live and work.”
The Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations in Washington that focus on education, financial literacy, community health and human services, workforce development, job skills training, and safety net services. These groups include:
Arlington Kids Kloset received a grant to support its free clothing program, which provides new and quality used clothing, shoes, and hygiene products, free of charge, twice yearly to children from low-income families in the Arlington, Darrington, and Lakewood school districts. By fulfilling these fundamental needs, the Arlington Kids Kloset reduces the financial burden on low-income families, and increases the self-confidence of and educational opportunities for students.
AtWork! received a grant to support its programs, which provide job skills training, support and job retention services to developmentally disabled adults that facilitate employment, growth, independence, and sense of community, all of which improve the quality of life for the participants.
Clothes for Kids received a grant to support its Greatest Needs program, which provides essential clothing items, shoes, and coats to children from low-income families, at no cost. By providing a quality wardrobe to at-risk children, the Greatest Needs program increases the self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-sufficiency of the youths and enhances the youths’ learning and social experiences.
Eastside Friends of Seniors received a grant to support its programs, which mobilize volunteers to provide basic needs and services to senior citizens residing in eastern King County, allowing the seniors to remain in their homes and maintain their independence.
Friends of Youth received a grant to support its Homeless Youth Services Center and Mobile Street Outreach programs, which provide emergency housing and basic needs, including food, clothing, hygiene, and first aid supplies to homeless young adults, facilitating the transition from homelessness to self-sufficient living.
Junior Achievement of Washington received a grant to support its programs, which teach financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness to students in grades K -12 through a series of business, economics, and life-skills classes that enhance their traditional curriculum.
LifeSpring received a grant to support its programs, which feed, clothe, shelter, and educate at-risk youth ages 4 to 18 in the Bellevue community, promoting stability, self-sufficiency, and independence.
Smithwright Services received a grant to support its programs, which provide assistance and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. The programs instill autonomy, connection, and empowerment so the participants can live, work, and play in their community.
Washington Council on Economic and Financial Education received a grant to support its professional development program, which provides training and materials that incorporate financial literacy into the core math and economic studies to teachers of students in grades 7 to 12.
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, community health issues, and the arts. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate economic change, promote reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen the communities around us. For additional information about the Opus Community Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website: www.opuscf.org.
About Opus Bank
Opus Bank is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with $3.0 billion of total assets, $2.3 billion of total loans, and $2.1 billion in total deposits, as of March 31, 2013. Opus Bank provides high-value, relationship-based banking products, services, and solutions to its clients comprised of small and mid-sized commercial businesses, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, professionals, and consumers. Opus Bank offers a robust suite of treasury and cash management and depository solutions, and a wide range of loan products, including commercial and industrial, SBA, commercial real estate, multifamily residential, and conforming and jumbo single-family residential loans; and is an Equal Housing Lender. Opus Bank operates 52 banking offices, including 30 banking offices in California and 22 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com. To learn more about how Opus Bank is backing businesses, please visit: www.opusbank.com/Spotlight.
Ms. Debbie McLeod
EVP, Retail Banking
Telephone: (425) 259-7806
Facsimile: (425) 259-8688
Opus Community Foundation
Ms. Katie S. Ellis
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
Facsimile: (949) 250-9988