IRVINE, Calif. – August 29, 2013 – Opus Bank (“Opus” or the “Bank”) and Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 25 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 its 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.
The Foundation has awarded grants to 25 nonprofit organizations in California that focus on economic and financial literacy, community health and human services, safety net services, the arts, and education for at-risk children. These organizations include:
A Place Called Home received a grant to support its afterschool and summer programs, which provide courses in health, nutrition, and well-being, academic support, arts education, and scholarships to youth in South Central Los Angeles.
Affordable Housing Clearinghouse received a grant for its financial literacy programs, which help to promote financial knowledge, reduce debt and improve credit, increase savings, and build wealth among low-income families that are in need of affordable housing.
Armory for the Arts received a grant to support its Artful Solutions program, which provides art instruction and activities to those affected by homelessness and mental illness, aiming to increase the self-confidence and self-esteem of participants.
Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana received a grant to support its IMPACT Model program, which provides afterschool academic assistance, career preparation support, health and fitness instruction, and academic enrichment opportunities to students in grades K through 12.
California Council on Economic Education received a grant to support and expand its EconWorks program, which integrates economic and financial literacy into K through 12 classrooms by providing online programming and mentors to students, and training, curriculum, and resources to teachers.
CASA of Contra Costa received a grant for its programs, which provide mentors, counseling, educational services, and financial literacy programs to abused and neglected students in grades Pre-K through 12.
CASA of San Francisco received a grant for its Educational Advocacy Program, which provides carefully matched volunteers to, and establishes communication with, schools and teachers to ensure that the educational needs of students in grades K through 12 are being met.
Casa Youth Shelter received a grant for its Crisis Counseling program, which provides immediate individual and family planning, educational services, academic tutoring, and aftercare counseling to homeless and abused youth ages 12 through 17.
Colette’s Children’s Home received a grant for its life skills classes, which provide individualized development plans that assess barriers and events that lead to homelessness and create solutions for long-term or permanent affordable housing for women and their children.
Fullerton Public Library received a grant to support its cultural and educational programs and partnerships, which improve literacy and support technology use in the Fullerton community.
Hands Together received a grant for its Morning Garden program, which provides resume and job search assistance, parenting skills instruction, and computer literacy and English language courses to parents and families with preschool-age children.
HomeAid Orange County received a grant for its programs, which mobilize building industry members, as well as local governments and volunteers, to build and renovate shelters for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Journey House received a grant for its college support program, which provides funding for books, supplies, transportation, meals, and clothing to emancipated foster care students attending college.
JOYA Scholars received a grant for its programs, which provide mentorship, academic support, financial resources, and opportunities for increased parent involvement to students and families to improve college attendance rates.
Junior Achievement of Orange County and Junior Achievement of San Diego received grants to support their programs, which teach financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness to students in grades K through 12 through a series of business, economics, and life-skills classes that enhance their traditional curriculum.
KidWorks Community Development Corporation received a grant for its programs, which provide tutoring, mentoring, college preparation, health and fitness instruction, financial literacy courses, and leadership networks to students in grades K through 12.
Lennox Educational Advancement Foundation received a grant for its programs, which provide funding for otherwise unavailable afterschool arts programs to students in grades K through 5 in the Lennox School District.
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra received a grant for its Classical Insights program, which provides the opportunity to attend a live concert featuring a symphonic orchestra to hundreds of children, adolescents, and seniors from underserved sectors of the community.
Oak View Renewal Partnership received a grant for its Workforce Development Initiative, which provides case management, resume and job search assistance, job readiness training, and job placement to unemployed adults in the Huntington Beach area.
Operation Jumpstart received a grant to support its college preparation and scholarship programs, which provide individual mentoring, educational case management, developmentally-based educational workshops, college tours, community service initiatives, and social programs to at-risk youth in Long Beach.
Orangewood Children’s Foundation received a grant to support its scholarship program, which provides financial support to recently emancipated foster youth attending four-year universities, community colleges, and trade schools.
South Bay Children’s Health Center received a grant to support its programs, which provide out-patient dental and mental health services to children from low-income families, targeting overall health, increasing self-esteem, and improving school performances through dental care.
Women’s Transitional Living Center received a grant for its programs, which provide safety net, 45- and 90-day shelter and transitional shelter services; advocacy; and educational outreach to victims of domestic violence.
Youth Homes, Inc. received a grant for its programs, which provide crisis assessment homes, intensive residential treatment homes, foster homes, community-based behavioral counseling to troubled youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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 $3.2 billion of total assets, $2.4 billion of total loans, and $2.3 billion in total deposits, as of June 30, 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 58 banking offices, including 35 banking offices in California and 23 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.
Opus Community Foundation
Ms. Katie S. Ellis
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
Facsimile: (949) 250-9988
Mr. Stephen H. Gordon
Chairman, CEO & President
Mr. Jeff L. Leonard
SVP, Director of Communications
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
Facsimile: (949) 250-9988