The sight has become all too familiar in recent months: Tent cities, encampments, people sleeping in their cars or in doorways. Homelessness is affecting the Pacific Northwest more than ever, with states of emergency being declared in both Seattle and Portland.
These issues are not limited to the major cities in our communities. We experience homelessness in every one of our communities, regardless of size. And the challenges faced by individuals and families who find themselves living on the streets increases exponentially during the cold winter months.
We believe that we can make a difference for our neighbors in need this winter. Will you join us?
How are we Helping?
The Warm Hearts Winter Drive is our commitment to making a difference this winter. Warm Hearts is a community fundraising campaign benefitting homeless shelters in the Pacific Northwest. It allows all of our branches and customers to support local homeless shelters through donations of cash and new warm winter wear. 100 percent of contributions will be distributed directly to local homeless shelters and relief organizations in the communities where they were collected. Donations are accepted through January 31st.
We expect to raise $100,000 in cash donations through the Warms Hearts drive. All proceeds will be given directly to shelters and will be used to purchase their most desperately needed winter items.
“I am very proud that Columbia Bank has launched this essential program to provide support to our neighbors in need this winter,” said Melanie Dressel, CEO of Columbia Bank. “Over 34,000 people will be living on the streets in the Northwest this winter and it is our hope the Warm Hearts Winter Drive will provide assistance to those struggling with homelessness in our own backyard. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to donate and support your community during this critical time of need. I look forward to seeing what we accomplish together.”
How can you Help? By setting the goal of the Warm Hearts Winter Drive at $100,000, Columbia Bank hopes to bring warmth and comfort to thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest this winter. With your help, this goal is within our reach!
Visit your local Columbia Bank branch to make a donation or go HERE to make a donation online.
For more details about the Warm Hearts Winter Drive, please click here.
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