Riverview Community Bank is helping towns devastated by recent wildfires with three different efforts to help folks get back on their feet.
"Our hearts go out to the thousands of families affected by the wildfires," Kim Capeloto, executive vice president and chief banking officer said in announcing the efforts.
Riverview, based in Vancouver, Wash., has five branches in Oregon, including one in Gresham. The Riverview branch in Aumsville serves some of the hardest hit communities including Lyons and Detroit.
"Being a community bank, we feel it is very important to be impactful in the communities we serve. As our Aumsville branch shared countless stories of heartbreak from customers and community members, we felt compelled to take action and use our resources to help those in need," Capeloto said.
Riverview employees have "adopted" two families. The families had almost no warning before they had to evacuate their homes and lost almost everything. Riverview employees are chipping in to supplement the families' housing and clothing costs, as well as assistance for other essential purchases.
In one initiative, Riverview partnered with the Santiam SIT (Service Integration Team) and will match all the donations made to the group's Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund, up to a total of $10,000 through the end of October.
The bank said deductions are tax deductible and will be distributed to canyon residents to meet their needs until the fund is spent. Disbursement of funds will be overseen by a committee of community members already involved in SIT.
Riverview also will support another fund to help those affected by the fires. The bank will donate to a fund started by the Oregon Business Council, Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Bankers Association and Oregon Business & Industry Council.
Want to help?
Donations to the SIT fund can be make online at santiamhospital.org or any Oregon Riverview location.
To contribute to the fund started by the business group, visit obiref.revv.co/wildfire or send a check to Business Wildfire Relief Fund, c/o OBI Foundation, 1149 Court St. N.E., Salem, Ore., 97301.
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