Spare change makes a difference.
Community Bank is in the throes of its annual “Change for Charity Drive,” a fundraiser designed to benefit the communities where the money is donated.
Donation jars have been placed at Community Bank branches in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, as well as the Joseph, Ore., bank’s other branches throughout the region. Coins and bills will be accepted through Dec. 14.
As in the past, Community Bank will match 50 cents on every dollar, up to $5,000. Over the last two years, this structure has raised more than $27,400 to area charities.
Branch managers at each bank select a charity where the money will be donated. Last year’s drive raised $5,832 for United Way of Walla Walla County and $444 for Milton-Freewater’s City Light and Power Assistance Program.
In addition to the local contributions, the Change for Charity Drive is a competition between two regions of the bank. The company will donate another $1,000 to the charities in the region where the most donations are collected. Region 1 includes branches in Wallowa, Union and Baker counties. Region 2 is Umatilla, Morrow, Walla Walla and Asotin counties. The winning region will be determined once the total funds are collected after Dec. 14.
Funds collected at Community Bank’s Walla Walla and College Place branches have been designated for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. The Milton-Freewater branch’s funds will be designated again for the City Light and Power Assistance Program.