Kitsap Bank made a surprise announcement for Valentine’s Day, donating $15,000 to local non-profit organizations as part of the bank’s mission to #causegood in the communities the bank serves. For every hour that Kitsap Bank employees volunteered in 2020, the bank donated money to a non-profit of their choice. Despite the challenges that 2020 brought, employees still volunteered over 1,400 hours in their communities. Selected non-profits received notification of the surprise donations the Friday before Valentine’s Day.
“Kitsap Bank has a strong tradition of community involvement,” stated Steve Politakis, CEO. “I am proud that our employees, even with the pandemic, were able to find a way to safely give back to their communities. Their dedication, commitment and capacity to contribute not only makes them a great asset to Kitsap Bank, but also to our communities in which we live and work.”
The non-profits that are benefiting from Kitsap Bank’s MAD (Making a Difference) For Our Community Program are:
Bremerton Foodline Central Kitsap Food Bank
Coffee Oasis Dove House Advocacy
Habitat of Clallam County Harbor Wildwatch
Holly Ridge Center Housing Resources Bainbridge
Jumping Mouse Kitsap Humane Society
Kitsap Mental Health Martha & Mary
Meals on Wheels Kitsap North Kitsap Fishline
Northwest Furniture Bank Olympic College Foundation
Peninsula Behavioral Health Port Orchard Bay Street Assoc.
Washington Women in Need
Kitsap Bank provided over $500,000 in financial support to more than one hundred area non-profit organizations in 2020 through the Bank’s Community Connections program. Many non-profit and civic organizations had to cancel their major fundraising events in 2020 due to the pandemic. Regardless of this, the Bank kept all sponsorship commitments during this time of need. Kitsap Bank also hosted nine “From Shred to Fed” events around the region during the months of September and October, raising over $30,000 for local food banks. The public was invited to bring their outdated and sensitive records to various Kitsap Bank branches for secure destruction, while making a donation to their local food bank in return. Over the past five years, Kitsap Bank has invested well over $2.2 million back into the community through sponsorships, donations, and volunteer activities.
Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 18 locations throughout Western Washington. With over $1.5 billion in assets, the Bank provides a full range of financial services to commercial and individual clients. Kitsap Bank has been named a Preferred Lender by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a Corporate Philanthropist by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Kitsap Bank was awarded the 2019 National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion, as part of the Corporations for Communities Award Program and received the Manufacturing Award for Innovation by the Association of Washington Businesses for the edg3 FUND Small Business Competition. Kitsap Bank’s Edg3 FUND was also recognized by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in 2015 with their Strong Communities Award. Kitsap Bank is ranked the 15th largest bank based in the State of Washington and is the sixth largest women-owned business, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The Bank was named Family-Owned Business of the Year in 2015 by Seattle Business magazine and has a 5 Star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. For more information, visit kitsapbank.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.