Submitted by Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank has awarded a $25,000 grant to local United Ways to support communities across the state impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In Whatcom County, the donation will be used to support United Way of Whatcom County’sCOVID-19 Emergency Recovery Fund, which provides much-needed resources to local nonprofit organizations experiencing increased demand for basic needs such as food, housing, and health services due to COVID-19. The Peoples Bank grant will also be used to support United Way coronavirus relief efforts in Snohomish, Skagit, and King counties.

“We are extremely grateful for Peoples Bank’s support of United Way’s COVID-19 fundraising efforts,” said Peter Theisen, President & CEO of United Way of Whatcom County. “The local agencies supported by these funds are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, working overtime to adapt and adjust to changing conditions in order to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible. These organizations simply could not continue to do this critical work without the generous support of our community and caring companies like Peoples Bank.”

“United Way plays a critical role in our communities assisting with housing, food, childcare, transportation, medical care, and other necessities during this unprecedented time,” said Lisa Hefter, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative & Risk Officer. “As a community bank with long-standing ties to the neighborhoods we serve, we are steadfast in our commitment to supporting the important work of local nonprofit organizations while addressing the financial needs of local businesses and families.”

Each year, Peoples Bank donates hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support to local and regional nonprofit organizations providing valuable services in the arts, child and family services, education, health and social services, and civics. The Bank also allows employees to use work hours to volunteer in the community and encourages members of the community to help others through creative giving campaigns. For more information about Peoples Bank’s community giving, please visit peoplesbank-wa.com/about-us/community-giving.

About Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank is a locally owned and operated, independent full-service community bank with $2 billion in assets. Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, the Bank was founded in 1921 and operates 23 branches located throughout Washington. Reflecting its strong financial management practices, dedicated employees, and long-standing customer relationships, Peoples Bank was awarded a superior five-star rating from BauerFinancial, a leading independent bank rating firm. Learn more about Peoples Bank at https://www.peoplesbank-wa.com/.

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