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Opus Community Foundation Announces 45 Grant Awards to Charitable Organizations in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Opus Bank (“Opus”) (OPB) and the Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 45 grant awards to charitable organizations that Opus and the Foundation believe will strengthen and engage the communities that Opus serves.

The grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington that focus on affordable housing, education, financial literacy, community health services, work readiness programs, and the arts.

Arizona:

ACCEL received a grant to support its programs, which provide educational, behavioral, therapeutic, and vocational services to individuals with special needs, giving them the necessary skills to learn, work, and live with dignity and independence.

Accion Phoenix received a grant to support its financial education and microlending programs, which empower individuals in the small business community to build their self-sufficiency, credit history, and business operations.

Project Veterans Pride received a grant to support its transitional housing program, which provides a safe and well-balanced environment for veterans as they seek permanent housing and gainful employment.

California:

A Place Called Home received a grant to support its after-school and summer programs, which provide courses in health, nutrition, and well-being; academic support; arts education; and scholarships to youth in South Central Los Angeles.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast received a grant to support its IMPACT Model program, which provides after-school academic instruction, fitness and social recreation, and academic enrichment opportunities to students in grades K through 12.

El Sol Science and Arts Academy received a grant for its academic and wellness programs, which provide educational opportunities and support as well as on-site health and social services to students from low- and moderate-income households in Santa Ana, and during the evenings and weekends to those living in the community.

Freedom4U received a grant to support its programs, which provide creative arts education, life skills training, service projects, and leadership opportunities to at-risk youth in the South Bay and Harbor areas of Los Angeles.

Caesura Youth Orchestra received a grant to support its programs, which promote the growth and development of children through the study, practice, and performance of music.

Charitable Ventures of Orange County received a grant to support its programs, which provide resources and fiscal services to emerging charitable ventures and initiatives striving to meet the diverse needs of their communities.

Girls Inc. of Los Angeles received a grant to support its SMART program, which provides academic and enrichment activities designed to increase girls’ interest in learning, education beyond high school, and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as activities that increase their understanding of economic concepts and money management.

Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corporation (H. E. L. P.) received a grant to support its Listen, Then Help program, which provides impartial information, education, and counseling on elder care, law, finances, and consumer protection to seniors.

Hollenbeck Police Activities League received a grant to support its Get Its Straight program, which provides life skills training and mental health services designed to guide at-risk youth toward positive, personal transformation and a path toward a brighter future inside and outside of the classroom.

Jamboree Housing Corporation received a grant to support its after-school programs, which promote the development of social and emotional skills, allowing children to reach their full potential, succeed in school and work, and confident in their own worth.

LINC Housing received a grant to support its LINC Cares youth program, which provides educational support and activities such as tutoring, mentoring, arts and culture field trips, and a summer literacy program that creates positive outcomes and opportunities for children and their families.

Local Initiatives Support Coalition received a grant to support its programs, which promote affordable housing and provide community safety, education, and health services in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Montebello Housing Development Corporation received a grant to support its programs, which educate and assist in the delivery of safe, sanitary, quality, and affordable housing to individuals and families of modest financial means.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County received a grant for its programs, which provide low-income families and individuals looking to become homeowners pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling, homebuyer educational classes, and financial capability resources.

Oasis Center International received a grant for its programs, which improve the quality of life for youth and their families through after-school arts mentoring programs and arts-based community outreach.

Operation HOPE received a grant to support its programs, which provide financial literacy and financial services to low-income youth and adults.

Peninsula Education Foundation received a grant for its programs, which provide critical funding for elementary school music programs that nurture the intellectual and imaginative growth of students ages 5 to 10 through in-class hands-on music instruction.

South Bay Children's Health Center received a grant to support its programs, which provide out-patient dental and mental health services to underserved and at-risk youth and their families.

Templo Calavario CDC received a grant for its Banking on Our Youth program, which promotes financial literacy and entrepreneurship through hands-on experiences and mentoring from business owners and community leaders.

The Wooden Floor received a grant to support its dance and pre-collegiate programs, which address the education and college access challenges of children from low-income families by strengthening their self-esteem and self-discipline, and instilling a sense of accomplishment through dance and academic skills workshops.

Volunteers of America Southwest received a grant to support its after school program, which provides tutoring, homework assistance, and enrichment activities to support low-income students living in and around VOASW’s affordable housing community in Chula Vista, California.

Working Solutions received a grant to support its programs, which provide microentrepreneurs with the access to capital and resources they need to start or grow a successful business.

Youth Employment Services received a grant to support its programs, which provide underserved youth opportunities to obtain meaningful jobs in their communities and grow their job skills through job readiness training, employment search assistance, and ongoing support.

Oregon:

Friends of Baseball received a grant to support its after-school and summer programs, which teach underserved elementary school students life skills and promote physical, emotional, and social development, while integrating topics like history, science, art, math, literacy, and nutrition.

Kinship House received a grant to support its programs, which provide critical therapy, early childhood development, and child safety services to youth and families transitioning through the foster care system.

Self Enhancement, Inc. received a grant to support its Youth Potential Realized program, which provides support, guidance, and opportunities to underserved youth to overcome cultural, educational, and economic barriers and in turn achieve personal and academic success.

Store to Door received a grant to support its programs, which mobilize volunteers to shop and deliver fresh food, medications, and household items to homebound seniors, allowing the seniors to remain in their homes and maintain their independence.

Washington:

Banchero Disability Partners received a grant to support its programs, which help adults with developmental disabilities to excel in all areas of life through assistance with daily living activities, maintaining public benefits, obtaining medical and mental health care, and finding success in school, jobs, and volunteer experiences.

College Success Foundation received a grant to support its programs, which provide a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college, and succeed in life.

Communities in Schools of Tacoma received a grant to support its Project HIRE (Helping Interns Reach Excellence) program, which empowers at-risk high school youth to stay in school, engaged, and on track to graduate with marketable skills and a plan for their future through hands-on STEM workshops, an entrepreneurship club, and internships.

Financial Beginnings received a grant to support its financial education programs, which provide personal finance education to low-income high school students in the Puget Sound region.

Food Lifeline received a grant to support its programs, which procure and efficiently distribute food to low-income individuals and families in Western Washington through after-school and summer meal programs for children, and an innovative mobile pantry serving people in rural areas.

Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas received a grant to support its arts education programs, which are designed to improve writing, increase creativity, build empathy, and foster a growth mindset. Participants enjoy greater self-confidence and improved school achievement, leading to a greater likelihood of high school graduation and matriculation to post-secondary education.

HopeWorks received a grant to support its programs, which provide a pathway out of poverty for homeless and low-income Snohomish County residents through job training, life skills classes, and paid internships that give the participants the skills they need to succeed in the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency.

Housing Hope received a grant to support its programs, which provide affordable housing, educational and employment support, child-care, child development services, and adult life skills education to low-income individuals and families in Snohomish County.

JUMA Ventures received a grant to support its youth employment programs, which provide employment and job training opportunities to low-income youth through social enterprise operations at the major sporting venues in the Seattle region.

Northwest Access Fund received a grant to support its programs, which focus on enhancing the economic opportunities for people with disabilities in Washington through financial counselling, credit-builder loans, savings programs, and financial support for the purchase of assistive technology that allows for greater independence.

Rainier Valley Corps received a grant to support its leadership programs, which provide training and capacity building for emerging leaders of Seattle-based nonprofits.

Shared Housing Services received a grant to support its programs, which provide basic needs, promote self-sufficiency, and reduce and prevent homelessness by providing low-income individuals and families with safe and stable affordable housing, direct case management wrap-around services, and connecting them to vital community resources.

Teens in Public Service received a grant to support its summer internship program, which subsidizes paid internships for teens at local nonprofits, where the interns develop job and leadership skills, provide service to their communities, and increase their social awareness.

Ventures received a grant to support its financial literacy programs, which provide low-income immigrants, refugees, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other minorities educational opportunities and assistance with launching and sustaining small businesses as pathways out of poverty in the Puget Sound region.

Wallingford Community Senior Center received a grant to support its Financial Strength and Independence for Seniors program, which promotes self-sufficiency, security, and independence of low-income seniors living in North Seattle.

Opus Community Foundation

The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) organization established by Opus Bank on September 30, 2010. The Foundation targets its philanthropic efforts in the areas of affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, community health services, and the arts. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate economic change, promote reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen the communities around us. For additional information about the Opus Community Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website: www.opuscf.org.

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Opus Bank is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with $7.3 billion of total assets, $5.2 billion of total loans, and $6.0 billion in total deposits as of March 31, 2018. Opus Bank provides superior ideas and solutions, and banking products to its clients through its Retail Bank, Commercial Bank, and Merchant Bank. Opus Bank offers a suite of treasury and cash management and depository solutions and a wide range of loan products, including commercial, healthcare, media and entertainment, corporate finance, multifamily residential, commercial real estate and structured finance, and is an SBA preferred lender. Opus Bank offers commercial escrow services and facilitates 1031 Exchange transactions through its Escrow and Exchange divisions. Opus Bank provides clients with financial and advisory services related to raising equity capital, targeted acquisition and divestiture strategies, general mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, balance sheet restructuring, valuation, strategy and performance improvement through its Merchant Banking division and its broker-dealer subsidiary, Opus Financial Partners, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Opus Bank’s alternative asset IRA custodian subsidiary has over $16 billion of custodial assets and over 50,000 client accounts, which are comprised of self-directed investors, financial institutions, capital raisers and financial advisors. Opus Bank operates 50 banking offices, including 31 in California, 16 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington, two in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona and one in Portland, Oregon. Opus Bank is an Equal Housing Lender. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com.

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