As a community bank, our investment in people extends to our local communities.
At Peoples Bank, we're actively engaged in strengthening, energizing and supporting our communities. We seek ways to help our clients, team members and local communities prosper and thrive. Annually Peoples Bank supports regional and national organizations at the local level through giving and community service campaigns.
Why we Give
Our community service and giving programs are part of what helps our team members achieve the work-life balance they desire. Giving back is an essential component to what makes us a community bank. We are dedicated to providing support to the communities where we live and work.
Where we Give
We support groups and organizations in our markets with an emphasis on supporting causes our employees are directly engaged with. In addition to our human capital, Peoples Bank provides sponsorship and grant support to local community organizations in the following categories:
- The Arts
- Child and Family Services
- Health and Social Services
- Civic Organizations
Peoples Bank encourages employee volunteerism by providing regular opportunities for involvement and paid time off for eligible employees. We call this time "Community Involvement Day." Through this program, we offer employees up to 8 paid hours annually to actively use their skills and knowledge to improve their communities.
Peoples Bank employees serve hundreds of hours annually as board members and volunteers. With just over 400 employees in 2015, more than half volunteered in their communities.
This is just a sampling of the local organizations where our team members have chosen to spend their time.
- Local Food Banks
- Lee Denim Day
- Relay for Life
- Habitat For Humanity
- United Way
- Opportunity Council
- Lynden Music Festival
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- Junior Achievement
- PeaceHealth St. Joseph's Medical Center Foundation
- Girls on the Run International
- Lydia Place
- ALS Association
- Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
Why We Volunteer
"Giving comes from the heart, volunteering is such a reward in my life. If everyone just gave a little, what a perfect community we would have."
Jan Armstrong, VP Retail Branch Manager, Barkley Financial Center
"I volunteer at Royal Family Kids Camp. It is a camp for kids that have been in the foster system and have been abused and/or neglected. I like to see these kids having fun and not having to worry about any of the things that happen to them in their daily lives. It is really heartwarming when a kid that has been a camper wants to come back and be a volunteer at camp when they are old enough".
Nancy Thomas, Universal Banker, Barkley Financial Center
"Nothing brings me greater joy or understanding of the goodness in my own life, than through volunteer service and reaching out to those in my community. Last year I helped coordinate a baby needs drive for our local food bank. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my co-workers and our Executive Team. Nothing describes the community connection I felt delivering and stocking their shelves with diapers, wipes, formula, cereal, and Pedialyte along with cash."
Erin Krawczak, AVP Training and Development Manager
“Customers do a lot for us bankers, so we like to show we will give back to them and community. Be there and be involved, that’s the least we can do.”
Mitch Stewart, Universal Banker, Everett Financial Center
"I Volunteer every year for the Ski to Sea Volunteer BBQ. If it was not for the volunteers and supporters, this event would not be able to take place. It takes many people to pull this event off and many hands make work light. By volunteering I am contributing to our community and also representing Peoples Bank since they are a huge supporter of Ski to Sea".
Lisa Poe, Real Estate Technical Support
"Helping build Star Park in Ferndale this year was so meaningful to me. Our daughter loves playing there and will for years to come, as well as neighbors, friends and others in my community. When our daughter gets older, I will be proud to say Mommy and Daddy helped build this park".
Jessica Poolman, Operations Manager, Downtown Bellingham
"I enjoy volunteering because I like being a part of something bigger than myself. I believe volunteering is a great reminder that despite peoples’ differences (whether religious, political, or otherwise), we mostly all want the same things--- a safe, vibrant community, good schools, people in need to be taken care of; and that everyone can play a part in attaining those goals".
Nancy Keith, Universal Banker, Snohomish
Nancy Keith, Universal Banker, and her
husband Bill volunteer at the Snohomish
Senior Center's Monthly Pancake breakfast.