Community Bank collects money for area nonprofits

Lacey Wallis, Community Bank Hermiston branch manager, presents a check form its holiday Charity Drive to Aaron Treadwell, deputy director of Umatilla-Morrow Head Start.

More than $24,000 in donations and bank matches were disbursed to charities in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington through Community Bank’s annual holiday Charity Drive.

Each of the bank’s full-service branch locations collected donations from Nov. 1 through Dec. 20. The program collects donations at each location to benefit charities in that same area. The bank matches donations at 50 cents on each dollar, with a max match amount of $500 per branch location.

Organizations receiving money in Umatilla and Morrow counties include: Milton-Freewater City Light and Power Energy Assistance Program through The Salvation Army (Milton-Freewater branch), $3,518; Neighborhood Center Food Bank (Heppner branch), $1,646 CASA of Umatilla Morrow County Head Start (Hermiston branch), $1,520; and the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon (Pendleton branch), $1,203;

Over the past seven years the Community Bank Charity Drive has provided more than $143,000 to charities in the region. Community Bank appreciates all the people and clubs that donated to the fundraising efforts.

“These charitable organizations do such wonderful things for our communities, it is a pleasure to round up some extra assistance for them during the holiday season,” said Tom Moran, Community Bank president/CEO. “We’re continually blown away with the generosity of our customers and communities, it’s truly amazing.”

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