Change for Charity Drive raises more than $23,000

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Community Bank’s Change for Charity Drive raised more than $23,000 for organizations in the area.

The annual fundraising event at the bank’s full-service branches raised $23,467.25 in donations, matches and rewards, the company announced.

That amount brings the total given by Community Bank to charities since the drive started in 2010 to about $75,500.

How it works: Community Bank matches 50 cents on the dollar up to $5,000 on donations made at its branches. To spice it up, the company divides its branches into two regions. The bank provides an extra $1,000 bonus to charities in the region that collected the most donations.

This year, Region 1 collected the most with $13,752. That area includes Joseph, Enterprise, Wallowa, Elgin, La Grande and Baker City branches. Region 2 — comprised of Hermiston, Heppner, Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla, College Place and Clarkston — collected $3,715.

For the local community, $2,554 goes to the City Light and Power Assistance Program in Milton-Freewater, and $454 to Center at the Park for Walla Walla and College Place.

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