Community is a cornerstone of our culture. As we reached the end of our Warm Hearts Winter Drive in 2016, we began to look forward to the special moment when we could deliver $209,335 in funds and over 8,100 warm winter items we received from generous community members, employees, customers and partners. These moments are special, but more so because of the positive impact they create for those in need. Below are a few of these moments, and details on the organizations who received these heartwarming gifts in support their respective missions to help men, women and children in need.
Tacoma Rescue Mission
The Tacoma Rescue Mission’s goal is to help and bring hope to men, women and children who need shelter, food and assistance with life changes leading to self-sufficiency. Our President and CEO Melanie Dressel presented a $35,949.93 donation to The Rescue Mission’s Executive Director Mike Johnson on Jan. 27, in Tacoma, Washington.
Catholic Community Services
Catholic Community Services (CCS) is an outreach of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. Its mission is to provide loving and compassionate service to neighbors in need. The employees and volunteers who serve at CCS are passionate about supporting individuals, children, families and communities struggling with poverty. Our Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Dave Lawson presented a $32,176.35 donation to CCS staff on Jan. 20, at the CCS Nativity House in Tacoma, Washington.
Portland Rescue Mission
Portland Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, recovery and other vital services to homeless men, women and children in communities throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hadley Robbins presented a $15,000 donation to Portland Rescue Mission staff on Jan. 27, in Portland, Oregon.
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to men, women and families impacted by homelessness throughout the greater Seattle area. Senior Vice President and Marketing Director David Devine presented a $15,000 donation to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission President Jeff Lilley on Jan. 26, in Seattle.
The Multi-Service Center helps men, women and children impacted by poverty and homelessness achieve greater independence. Federal Way Assistant Branch Manager Lisa Jury presented a $2,764.88 donation to Multi-Service Center CEO Robin Corak on Jan. 19, in Federal Way, Washington.
Auburn Food Bank
The Auburn Food Bank is a volunteer-directed organization that provides food, referrals and emergency assistance to those in need. Branch Managers Diane Fritschy and Michelle LaBrode presented a $5,358.06 donation to the Auburn Food Bank’s staff including President Chuck Folsom and Executive Director Debbie Christian on Jan. 13 in Auburn, Washington.
Washington Gorge Action Programs
Washington Gorge Action Programs is a multipurpose human service organization that is dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities address basic human needs. Goldendale Personal Bankers Kristina Hughes and Toni West presented a $4,695.86 donation to Washington Gorge Action Programs’ staff on Jan. 19, in Bingen, Washington.
Love INC Newberg
Love INC’s mission is to connect families in need with local service agencies to help transform their lives and achieve stability. Newberg Branch Manager Jesse Brooks presented a $4,881.58 donation to Love INC on Jan. 20, in Newberg, Oregon.
Community Action of Skagit County
Community Action of Skagit County is a nonprofit organization helping over 36,000 people with food, shelter and health care access in Skagit County. Burlington Branch Manager Josh Hoines and Personal Banker Stephanie Wright presented a $1,000 donation to Community Action of Skagit County’s staff on Jan. 20, in Burlington, Washington.
The Bethlehem Inn provides a warm and safe place to sleep for men, women and children in need of shelter. All residents are offered three meals each day, a hot shower and transitional services to help them out of the cycle of poverty. The teams from the Bend Wall Street branch and Bend Third Street branch presented a $4,212.08 donation to Bethlehem Inn Executive Director Gwen Wysling on Jan. 25 in Bend, Oregon.
The second annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive benefits 54 nonprofit organizations whose mission is to provide support and essential resources to our neighbors in need during the cold and wet winter season. It also simultaneously commemorates our passion for community and giving back. We would not have been able to distribute the funds and warm winter items raised to these shelters without the generous support from our community, customers and partners. To learn more about the Warm Hearts Winter Drive, visit www.WarmHeartsWinterDrive.com.
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