Giving back to the communities we serve

For more than 125 years, Banner Bank has been proud to volunteer and provide financial support to people, neighborhoods, and organizations in the markets in which we provide services. From Lake Oswego to Los Angeles, Walla Walla to Wenatchee, Bellevue to Boise, Seattle to Selah, San Diego to Sacramento, and many points throughout our region, we’re active members of our communities.

Banner buddies with community organizations to fight hunger all year

Our Fall Food Drive supported families in every state we serve with donations to community organizations. The September effort brought in 22,625 packaged food items and $25,812 in cash across our service area, thanks to clients, employees and friends.

Though the drive happens in fall, our generosity—like the need—is year-round. In May, the Bank sponsored the Crush Hunger Food Truck Event fundraiser for Northwest Harvest in Spokane, Wash. Banner also funded five garden carts and 24 fruit saplings for the Josephine County (Oregon) Food Bank. Volunteers use the carts to harvest produce. The trees, once mature, will provide fresh nutrition for people who depend on the food bank, which works with 23 agencies to help feed 11,000 individuals a month.

These activities are among many Banner undertakes year round to help ensure our neighbors don’t go hungry.

 

Hitting the tracks and trails for the American Cancer Society

 
Tennis shoes on and enthusiasm high, Banner employees in Washington, Oregon and California took part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in their communities again this year. 
 
The team fundraising event consists of a series of individual six- to 24-hour relays at a track or designated path. During the relay, each team must have a member walking or running the track at all times, signifying that cancer never sleeps. 
 
Spring through summer, Banner was well represented at many such events, contributing dollars and volunteers. With crowds cheering participants, the events provided visible support to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. 
 

Spokane-area employees swing hammers for a good cause

 
Across our footprint, Banner Bank and our employees support many Habitat for Humanity projects like the Spokane area’s annual Blitz Build. In June, the Bank again contributed funds and volunteers to support the accelerated build event unique to the Washington city. 
 
The event pairs professional builders, sponsor groups and volunteers with Habitat partner families to build safe and affordable homes in a two-week timeline. Bank employees worked two, four-hour shifts helping frame up a new house for a family in need.
 
Being actively involved with Habitat for Humanity is just one of many ways we live our commitment to the development of affordable, sustainable housing and strong communities.
 

Free lunch just part of the fun at Client Appreciation Days

 
If you saw a walking hot dog and were treated to a free lunch at one of our branches this summer, you were in the right place. While we appreciate all our clients and communities all year, we often host Client Appreciation Days, including lunch, at branches throughout our service territory. So far this year, we’ve hosted 14 such events—and counting.   
 
The Banner Bank Hot Dog Wagon stopped at nine of those branches from Hayden, Idaho, to Folsom, Calif., and was a particularly familiar site along the Oregon Coast and in Northern California. In some cases, guests were entertained by an employee brave enough to don our hot dog costume. 
 
These events are a fun way to thank our clients and to enjoy time together. Stay tuned; the Banner Hot Wagon may visit your area very soon.
 

What do baseball, apples and onions have in common? A diamond and Banner support.

 
The crack of the bat rang out loud and clear this summer in Idaho and Washington, where Banner Bank sponsored local baseball teams. In Boise, we joined Hawks fans in celebrating the team’s 30th season of play. 
 
In Washington, fans of the Yakima Pippins (named for the tasty apple) and the Walla Walla Sweets (after the famous onion) enjoyed discounts on tickets, food and merchandise at home games using our team-branded Mastercard®.  Another team we sponsored in the state’s sun-soaked fruit belt, the Wenatchee AppleSox, enjoyed its best season since 2014. All three play in the West Coast League college-eligible program.
 
On the state’s eastern edge the Spokane Indians, a team whose name honors local heritage, played exciting ball, and ticket package holders enjoyed refreshments in the Banner Bank Diamond Club behind home plate. Like the Boise Hawks, the Indians play in the Class A Short Season Northwest League.