IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Opus Bank (“Opus”) and Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 26 grant awards to charitable organizations that Opus and the Foundation believe will rebuild and strengthen the communities which Opus serves.
The Foundation has awarded grants to 26 nonprofit organizations in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington that focus on education, financial literacy, health issues, work readiness programs, and the arts.
Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills (“ACCEL”) received a grant for its job training and school readiness program, which supports students with autism and other disabilities who cannot be served through school districts' in-house programs due to the severity of their disabilities.
The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project received a grant to support its Children’s Program, which provides free legal and social services to unaccompanied immigrant children in Arizona who have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A Place Called Home received a grant to support its afterschool and summer programs, which provide courses in health, nutrition, and well-being; academic support; arts education; and scholarships to youth in South Central Los Angeles.
Affordable Housing Clearinghouse received a grant for its financial literacy programs, which help to promote financial knowledge, reduce and improve credit, increase savings, and build wealth among low-income families that are in need of affordable housing.
Caesura Youth Orchestra received a grant for its youth music programs, which provide basic music education, group lessons, and instruments to 3rd through 5th graders who are economically disadvantaged.
California Council on Economic Education received a grant to support and expand its economic and personal finance educational programs, which integrate economic and financial literacy into K - 12 classrooms by providing online programming and mentors to students, and training, curriculum, and resources to teachers.
El Sol Science and Arts Academy received a grant for its academic and wellness programs, which provide educational opportunities and support as well as on-site health and social services to students from low- and moderate-income households in Santa Ana, and during the evenings and weekends to those living in the community.
Girls Inc. of Orange County received a grant to support its “Eureka!” program, an all-day summer program focused on supporting girls’ interest and involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities and careers.
Hands Together received a grant for its Morning Garden program, which provides high-quality early education for children of homeless and at-risk families, while helping their parents develop their English language skills, financial literacy, job skills, social enterprise training, and parenting skills.
Haven Hills received a grant to support its programs, which provide victims of domestic violence with access to a 24/7 crisis hotline, crisis shelter, transitional housing, counseling, basic needs, and an on-site K-12 school so victims’ needs can be met without returning to a place where their abuser can find them.
High School Inc. received a grant to support its educational programs, which provide industry training to high school students at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California and offer structured pathways to careers in culinary arts, hospitality, healthcare, automotive, logistics, new media, global business, engineering, and computer science.
Long Beach Crime Prevention Fund received a grant to support its re-entry and rehabilitation programs, which provide funds for tattoo removal for victims of human trafficking and ex-gang members, eliminating a major barrier to employment and success.
Marin Center for Independent Living received a grant to support its safety net programs, which provide counseling, housing referral, advocacy, assistive technology, medical equipment referral and recycling, home modifications, and community outreach to individuals living independently or regaining independence after a severe illness, age-related disability, or life-altering accident.
MIND Research Institute received a grant to support its 2016 Orange County Math Fair, which provides K-12 students and their families an interactive, highly innovative learning experience to encourage critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Funding is targeted at students attending underperforming, low-to-moderate income K–12 schools and their families.
Pathways of Hope received a grant to support its transitional living programs, which provide life skills training, job placement services, counseling, and financial management courses to homeless families and individuals in Orange County.
Twentynine Palms Armed Services YMCA received a grant to support its financial assistance programs, which provide emergency financial assistance to military service personnel and their families living in Twentynine Palms.
Volunteers of America Southwest received a grant to support its after school program in Chula Vista, California, which provides tutoring, homework assistance, and enrichment activities to support low-income students living in and around VOASW’s affordable housing community.
Financial Beginnings received a grant to support its financial education programs, which provide personal finance education to low-income high school students in the Portland metropolitan area.
Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County received a grant to support its Money Matters and SMART programs, which provide financial literacy education and Skills Mastery & Resistance Training that help the youth of Skagit County make positive choices.
Child Care Resources received a grant to support its Homeless Child Care Program, which finds and pays for child care for homeless children and helps homeless parents find jobs, obtain permanent housing, and engage in other activities to stabilize their families.
Eastside Friends of Seniors received a grant to support its programs, which mobilize volunteers to provide basic needs and services to senior citizens residing in eastern King County, allowing the seniors to remain in their homes and maintain their independence.
Pike Place Market Foundation received a grant to support its childcare and preschool programs, which provide children from low-income families with access to high quality early learning and enable their parents to pursue education and employment opportunities.
Rainier Valley Corps received a grant to support its leadership programs, which provide leadership training and capacity building for emerging leaders of Seattle-based nonprofits.
Ventures received a grant to support its financial literacy programs, which provide low-income immigrants, refugees, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other minorities educational opportunities and assistance with launching and sustaining small businesses as pathways out of poverty in the Puget Sound region.
YMCA of Snohomish County received a grant to support its youth development programs, which provide academic support, career exploration, mentoring, and service learning opportunities that prepare youth ages 5 through 18 to achieve academic success and move on to post-secondary learning and employment.
YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish received a grant to support its BankWork$ program, which prepares local individuals for employment in banking retail offices, connects trainees with employment opportunities, and provides ongoing support to ensure trainees success in their new career.
Opus Community Foundation
The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) organization established by Opus Bank on September 30, 2010. The Foundation targets its philanthropic efforts in the areas of affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, community health issues, and the arts. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate economic change, promote reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen the communities around us. For additional information about the Opus Community Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website: www.opuscf.org.
About Opus Bank
Opus Bank is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with $6.6 billion of total assets, $5.5 billion of total loans, and $5.3 billion in total deposits as of December 31, 2015. Opus Bank provides high-value, relationship-based banking products, services, and solutions to its clients through its Retail Bank, Commercial Bank, Merchant Bank, and Correspondent Bank. Opus Bank offers a suite of treasury and cash management and depository solutions and a wide range of loan products, including commercial business, healthcare, technology, multifamily residential, commercial real estate, and structured finance, and is an SBA preferred lender. Opus Bank offers commercial escrow services and facilitates 1031 Exchange transactions through its Escrow and Exchange divisions. Opus Bank provides clients with financial and advisory services related to raising equity capital, targeted acquisition and divestiture strategies, general mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, balance sheet restructuring, valuation, strategy, and performance improvement through its Merchant Banking division and its broker-dealer subsidiary, Opus Financial Partners. Opus Bank operates 58 client experience centers, including 33 in California, 22 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington, two in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, and one in Portland, Oregon. Opus Bank is an Equal Housing Lender.
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