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First Melanie Dressel Community Commitment Day a Success

by User Not Found | Jun 02, 2017

The first annual Melanie Dressel Community Commitment Day, celebrated on April 29, was a huge success! We are grateful for all of the volunteer coordinators, participants, friends and family who gave their time to honor Melanie’s legacy of community service. The day of service resulted in more than 2,200 volunteer hours served within 50 different cities across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

"Melanie helped each of us understand both the importance and the value of giving back to our communities. She served as an extraordinary example, making time within her impossible schedule to do whatever was needed," said Hadley Robbins. "I had the opportunity to visit several volunteer projects and even spoke with a homeowner who was so moved by the dramatic improvements our team of bankers were making to her home. I am very proud of the volunteers who took time out of their weekend to serve their community and honor Melanie's memory. I look forward to seeing volunteers out there again next year."

During this inaugural year, 76 different projects took place across Columbia Bank’s footprint in collaboration with regionally-focused organizations and local chapters of national nonprofits. Organizations included Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Meals on Wheels, Metro Parks Association, Ronald McDonald House, Courage 360 and United Way. Check out some of the successful volunteer projects that took place below.

Spokane, Washington – Meals on Wheels

At Meals on Wheels in Spokane, Wash., members from Melanie’s family proudly served alongside Columbia Bank team members from the Wandermere and Downtown Spokane branches. The group of 20 volunteers gathered to complete much needed yardwork and gardening at a home belonging to a local Meals on Wheels client. Meals on Wheels Spokane provides more than 110,000 meals to elderly, disabled and homebound seniors each year.

Spokane, Washington: Meals on Wheels

Oregon – United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley

At United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley in Salem, Oregon, a group of Columbia Bank volunteers packed personal care kits to help more than 2,000 families in need, including 726 smile kits for children. The United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley is committed to advancing the common good through a strategic focus on the building blocks of a good life including causes related to education, financial stability, health and basic needs.

Oregon: United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley

Image: United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley

Nampa, Idaho – Better Together Treasure Valley

In Idaho, a group of Columbia Bank employees gathered with Together Treasure Valley to help paint a local senior citizen’s home. Together Treasure Valley is a community collaboration that supports variety of projects that will leave a lasting, meaningful impression on the Treasure Valley.

Nampa, Idaho – Better Together Treasure Valley


We’re delighted so many were able to come together for this special occasion and give back to the community, and look forward to continuing Melanie Dressel Community Commitment Day in the years to come.


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