By Nick Anderson, SVP, Relationship Banking Manager
Way to go Washington! A recent study shows you rank number three in the United States for volunteer hours worked per state per resident per year with an astounding average of 54.5 hours worked per person. Here at Columbia Bank we are proud of our Washington roots; volunteering and positively influencing our surrounding communities is at the forefront of all we do. This value has been reinforced by a legacy of leaders who truly inspired this call to action throughout our bank. In honor of our late CEO Melanie Dressel, we initiated a day where our entire team has the opportunity help the organizations they feel passionate about. Last year’s inaugural Melanie Dressel Community Commitment Day was such a success that we are extending this year’s celebration into an entire week!
During our second annual celebration of Melanie’s legacy, we set up partnerships and volunteer opportunities throughout our Northwest footprint to encourage our bankers to roll up their sleeves and get involved. We’ve created a short list of some of the best places to volunteer your time and resources to help those in need throughout the Evergreen state and hope you’ll join us in continuing your strong legacy of supporting your fellow Washingtonians.
Step by Step Family Support Center - Puyallup, Wash.
Step by Step’s mission is to bring hope and health to vulnerable women who are about to become new moms by providing resources and support they need to deliver a healthy baby and embrace positive parenting. You can get involved by donating goods such as diapers and welcome home gifts for mom and baby, or by volunteering your time.
Blessings Under the Bridge - Spokane, Wash.
Blessings Under the Bridge serves up warm meals in a safe comfortable place and offers fellowship to those in need in the greater Spokane area every Wednesday night. Volunteer by helping cook, serve or visit with those in need!
Emergency Food Network - Tacoma, Wash.
Emergency Food Network provides 14.4 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to 71 food pantries, meal sites, and shelters for distribution to families and individuals in need in the Tacoma area. There are many ways to volunteer with the Emergency Food Network from helping to package bulk foods, harvesting produce from their eight-acre organic farm or volunteering at many fundraising events.
EarthCorps - Seattle, Wash.
EarthCorps brings together passionate and hardworking young adults from the U.S. and countries around the world, for a yearlong leadership training program teaching leadership skills by working collaboratively, leading community volunteers, and executing technical restoration projects along shorelines, on trails and in forests. Every day the corps is hard at work, improving the health of the Puget Sound region. EarthCorps has volunteer events from Everett to Tacoma, Wash. Help the teams clean up trails in national parks as well as local trails or offer support by becoming a host family.
Share Vancouver - Vancouver, Wash.
Share Vancouver proudly provides a full spectrum of services to both individuals and families in need free of any discrimination. You can help further this mission by volunteering your time to help prepare and serve hot food, leading children’s activities and helping prepare and distribute backpacks to local schools.
Whether you are in Washington, Oregon or Idaho, we hope you’ll join us in partnering with some of these great organizations this year and beyond. Offering just a few hours of service to some of these organizations can make a lasting impact in your community!
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