Community Bank collecting change, with a match, for charity

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When do two quarters make 75 cents? When they’re donated to Community Bank’s Change for Charity Drive.

The bank has launched its annual collection for local charities, matching 50 cents on every dollar up to $5,000.

The drive started Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 13 at each branch, including Walla Walla, College Place, Milton-Freewater and all the way down to headquarters in Joseph, Ore. Coins, bills and checks are accepted.

Each branch manager selects a local charity that directly benefits from the contributions made. Over the last three years more than $52,000 has been donated to organizations in Eastern Oregon and Southeastern Washington. Last year was the first year when the bank’s contribution reached the $5,000 mark, the company said.

As an added incentive competition is encouraged between two regions of the bank to see who can raise the most money. Community Bank contributes an extra $1,000 to the charities in the region where the most donations are collected. Region 1 covers branches in Wallowa, Union and Baker counties. Region 2 includes Umatilla, Morrow, Walla Walla and Asotin counties.

The Milton-Freewater branch collects for the City Light and Power Assistance Program. Walla Walla and College Place branches are collecting funds for Center at the Park, Walla Walla’s senior center.

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