Central Valley businesses give back

STOCKTON
November 24, 2017 8:33am
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•  From banks to optometrists

•  “She was so appreciative of all of our hard work”


While it is not unusual for small businesses to set aside money to help groups in their communities throughout the year, during the winter holiday season, much of that effort gets a spotlight trained on it.

Here are a few examples in a story that will continue, generally on Fridays through the season as CVBT is made aware of examples.

Local members of the California Bankers Association are supporting several philanthropic endeavors in the Central Valley community. For example, in 2016 CBA member banks across California donated nearly $82 million.

“Banks and their employees are continually donating time, talent and dollars to strengthen and improve the quality of life in the communities in which they live and do business,” says Simone Lagomarsino, president and CEO of the California Bankers Association.

Some examples:

• Now in its sixth year, Bank of Stockton’s annual “Empowering Young Women” event, the proceeds of which go toward scholarships for young women, helps them build confidence and avoid peer pressure. Keynote speakers in the past have featured female leaders in the community, including the president of the local university, a judge, a doctor and several entrepreneurs – all of whom have shared their stories of overcoming challenges on their way to professional success.

• Central Valley Community Bank supports SCORE, a non-profit organization that provides free business mentoring, educational workshops and seminars at little to no cost. “The impact of a partnership like CVCB gives SCORE the ability to reach more small businesses, making a difference in economic growth and the community,” says Peter Fong, district director of SCORE.

• Suncrest Bank gave back to the local community by repainting the home of an elderly resident of Orosi, in Tulare County. “It was rewarding to see the look on the homeowner’s face when we were finished with the project,” said one employee who participated. “She was so appreciative of all of our hard work.” The bank also raised more than $15,000 for the Judy Sarber Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefited the Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to build and remodel homes for low-income families throughout Tulare County.

• F&M Bank donated more than $83,000 to the United Way of San Joaquin County and its employees have collectively volunteered more than 300 hours of their time.

• Murphy Bank is one of two founding sponsors of the Fresno Community Concert Band, and Paul Heath, a senior vice president of Murphy Bank, was a founding board member of the band. In 24 years, the band has grown to more than 80 members and boasts a full concert schedule throughout the school year.

• Banner Bank works to make the place they live and call home a better place by supporting Transforming Lives, Cultivating Success (TLCS Inc.), a Sacramento-based organization that has been providing mental health and supportive housing services for people with mental health challenges for over 35 years. The bank provided TLCS with a grant for $7,500 to support programs that provide interim and permanent housing for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

• Tri Counties Bank, in partnership with Shasta Regional Community Foundation, issued $90,000 in scholarships to talented students demonstrating a keen interest in public service, community engagement, and business entrepreneurship. These awards were presented to 57 high school seniors from 35 schools throughout the state. “I had the honor and privilege of presenting the scholarship awards last night in McFarland,” says Heather Dobbs, the branch manager of Tri Counties Bank in Bakersfield. “Hearing the stories of how these children of immigrants have overcome adversity, tragedy, and poverty was inspiring.”

Here’s an example of teamwork between a local nonprofit and a local media outlet: Catholic Charities partnered with Fresno television station KSEE 24 and were able to help hundreds of families -- one turkey at a time for a Thanksgiving meal.

Catholic Charities says it had more than 1,000 turkeys donated along with thousands of dollars thanks to the partnership with KSEE24.

"We are really excited to be able to do this today God has blessed us and we get to bless all of these people," says Kelly Lilles, executive director of Catholic Charities.

In Stockton, Midtown Optometry gave its support to helping the nonprofit Children’s Home of Stockton.

Derron and Leanne Lee, the optometrists who own Midtown Optometry along with their entire staff visited the Children’s Home of Stockton on November 21 to help the kids create ornaments with their wish lists on them. Those ornaments will be hung by the students on December 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Midtown Optometry so each of their clients can adopt one of the creative ornaments throughout the month of December and make a child’s holiday wish come true.

“We always give back to the community every year,” says Mr. Lee. “We wanted to encourage our clients to participate to help a child in need. For all those who do not get adopted Midtown Optometry will adopt them so every ornament wish list is fulfilled.”

Midtown Optometry encourages clients to select an ornament from the Christmas tree and bring an unwrapped toy back to their office at 2321 W. March Lane, Suite A by December 21 so they can deliver them to the kids by Christmas.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please let us know what your business is doing to help your community. Drop us a note by email to: editor@bizgnus.com or call us at 209.470.3400.


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