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February 2023
4 Tips for Using Peer-to-Peer Payment Apps
Enjoy the convenience of payment apps while staying aware of potential risks. Whether you’re splitting the bill at a restaurant with friends, paying back your parents, or buying snacks at a sports event, it’s hard to beat the convenience of peer-to-peer payment apps like Venmo, Zelle, Google Pay, Cash App, and PayPal.
 
January 2023
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From The President's Desk - Q1 Update

I recently ice-skated my rig over to Eugene, Oregon to attend an Oregon Bankers Association conference. There aren’t many of us left; Community Bank is one of only 15 banks still chartered in the State of Oregon. I pointed out to the folks running the show that based on the current rate of banker-attrition, we could probably save everyone a lot of time and money if we just hold the conference in the back room of a Denny’s somewhere. They were not amused.

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January 2023 
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Build Your Savings With the 52 Week Savings Challenge

Many people view the start of the new year as a time to reset, create new goals, and focus on achieving those goals. While some people choose to focus on their physical or mental health (which are excellent things), we are a big proponent of focusing on your financial health.  Build your savings this year with the 52 week savings challenge! 

December 2022
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Change For Charity Drive Raises $22,000! 
Each year Community Bank branches select a local non-profit to raise funds for. At the end of the charity drive, Community Bank will match all donations collected dollar for dollar up to $1,000.  

November 2022
Annual Holiday Design Contest 
Our 2022 Holiday Design Contest winner has been announced! We love seeing all the creativity by our young community members each year.  

October 2022
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From The President's Desk - Q4 Update
There’s a bit of a process that goes into the creation of these messages. It all generally starts with Morgan Jones, our Marketing Manager. I’ll be sitting here at work minding my own business, when she suddenly pops up out of nowhere to inform me that my homework (that is, this letter) is due in a couple weeks. I’ll usually retort with something to the effect of, “that can’t be possible, I just wrote one”.

October 2022
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$1,000 Traveling HAMilton Contest Results
Community Bank's annual Traveling HAMilton photo contest returned on September 5th, 2022. Check out the winning photos! 

August 2022
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Annual Program Celebrates Students Academic Success

2022 marked the twelfth year of Community Bank’s annual Earn While You Learn program. The program paid out over $8,900 to 394 student-customers in the Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington area. This brings the total paid out since the program began in 2011, to $146,028.

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6/1/22
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QR Code Fraud On The Rise
 

Have you used a QR code recently? You may have caught onto the tricks that these same criminals use in phone call or text message schemes, but how can you stay alert when using a QR code?

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Recognizing And Avoiding Scams

Defend yourself against scammers by learning to recognize red flags.



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Cybersecurity 
 
Whenever you're online, you're sharing information, whether you mean to or not.

 

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Protect Your Personal Information and Data

The internet has been called the information superhighway. But with scammers, hackers, and other bad guys trying to steal your personal information online, it’s a good idea to know how to lock down your devices, network, and information. 












1/4/2023
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Build Your Savings With the 52 Week Savings Challenge

Many people view the start of the new year as a time to reset, create new goals, and focus on achieving those goals. While some people choose to focus on their physical or mental health (which are excellent things), we are a big proponent of focusing on your financial health.  Build your savings this year with the 52 week savings challenge! 


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Teaching Children About Money

Whether you’re teaching finances to your kids, your grandkids, or those of a loved one, it’s absolutely essential to teach children how to manage the money they have and invest for the future.

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Buying a Home

Start by defining your goals. Consider where you want to live, the features you're looking for, what you can afford, and a realistic date for having the money you'll need. Then apply your knowledge to making this key decision.

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3 Jar Allowance For Kids

The sooner you teach your children the basics about budgeting, the better, and the 3 jar money system is a great way to get started.

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Health Insurance Options

Health insurance can help you pay for the medical expenses you and your family might encounter. In general, most health insurance plans cover the cost of doctor and hospital visits. Some also include dentist visits, physical therapy, and alternative care.

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Get Out Of Debt

Managing debt is the best way to find financial freedom. This Coach session acts as a virtual Debt Coach, providing useful strategies to manage your personal debt situation and create a plan to pay off your debts using the debt snowball or avalanche methods.

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Banzai Junior

Designed for kids aged 8 to 12, Banzai Junior uses the storyline of a summer lemonade stand and the goal of a new bike—or hoverboard for the financially daring—to teach concepts like interest and fees, envelope budgeting, and discretionary income. Plus, Banzai Jr. is available in both English and Spanish!

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