Charity drive

Pat Collins, Community Bank Hermiston branch customer service manager, presents a donation to Kriss Dammeyer, executive director of Made to Thrive, as part of the bank’s annual Holiday Charity Drive.

The annual Community Bank Holiday Charity Drive provided support to Made to Thrive, a Hermiston-based nonprofit organization.

This year’s promotion was conducted in the bank’s branches during the month of November and ran through Dec. 20. The yearly program collects donations in communities to benefit charities in that same area. The bank matches donations at 50 cents on each dollar, with a maximum match of $500 per branch location.

Made to Thrive received $1,716 to support programs that engage vulnerable youths in the community. The season’s grand total was $23,357 in donations and bank matches, which were disbursed to charities in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington in communities where the bank serves.

Over the past 10 years the effort has provided more than $217,000 to charities throughout the region. Community Bank expressed appreciation to all the people, businesses and clubs who donated to the fundraising efforts.

“The spirit of giving is alive and well in our communities, it’s always amazing to see the generosity,” said Tom Moran, Community Bank CEO/president.

Community Bank was founded in 1955 by a group of Joseph business leaders as the Bank of Wallowa County. Since then, it has grown across the region, including branches in Hermiston, Pendleton, Heppner and Milton-Freewater.

For more information, contact Moran at 509-525-9860 or

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