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Change for Charity Drive

Annual Change for Charity Drive Raises Over $22,000 this Holiday Season

Each year during the Holiday season, Community Bank locations select a local charity to raise funds for that will directly benefit citizens in our local area. At the end of the donation collection period, Community Bank will match the donations dollar for dollar with a max match of $1,000. 

2022 Charity Drive Results

The annual Community Bank Charity Drive was conducted in Community Bank’s branch locations during November, through December 20th.  The program is an effort to collect donations in communities to benefit charities in that same area. The bank matches donations dollar for dollar, with a general program max match amount of $1,000 and a minimum match of $500 per branch location. Due to the overwhelming response during the first week of the drive in some locations, the bank match amount was increased to $2,000 in Joseph, Enterprise, La Grande, and Baker City. This season a grand total of $22,071 in donations and bank matches were dispersed to charities in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. 

La Grande Branch manager presenting a check to two members from the La Grande Lions club.The most supported program this year was the Community Connections food bank in Wallowa County. The Joseph and Enterprise locations raised a combined $6,966.50 with the Bank’s match! The La Grande Lions Coats for Kids program received just over $4,500 after the bank’s match.

Other donations include the two food banks in Baker City each receiving a donation of $2,005. The Elgin food bank receiving $1,867. Made to Thrive, a Hermiston organization for improving the lives of kids in the area received $2,004 in support of their programs. Pendleton’s Pioneer Relief Nursery, a program helping prevent child abuse and neglect with early intervention received $1,047. Children’s Home Society Parents as Teachers program in the Walla Walla area received $1,105, and the Christmas Connection Toys for Tots in Clarkston received $500.

Over the past 13 years the Community Bank Charity Drive has provided over $275,000 to charities in the region. Community Bank would like to thank all the people, businesses and clubs who donated to the fundraising efforts. “The spirit of giving is alive and well in our communities, it’s always amazing to see people come together to help these organizations thrive,” said Tom Moran, Community Bank CEO/President.

Pictured: Tim and Linda Gleeson from the La Grande Lions Club and Hailey Durrant, our La Grande Branch Manager. 

2022 Charities

Each branch location selects a local charity to support. This year, we have selected the following organizations: 
Joseph and Enterprise: Community Connections Food Bank ($6,966)
Pendleton: Pioneer Relief Nursery ($1,047)
Elgin: Elgin Food Bank ($1,867)
Baker City: Baker City Food Banks ($4,010, split between two food banks)
La Grande: La Grande Lions Coats for Kids ($4,570)
Hermiston: Made to Thrive ($2,004)
Walla Walla and College Place: Children's Home Society Parents as Teachers Program ($1,105)
Clarkston: Toys for Tots ($500)