PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (10/23/09)--During the first three quarters of 2009, Pacific Service CU donated more than $70,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout Northern California. “The need for services in the greater San Francisco Bay Area continues to be very high,” said Toni Bullard, Pleasant Hill branch manager of the $1.7 billion asset, Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Pacific Service CU. “Our continued support of local non-profit organizations, like the Bay Area Rescue Mission, provides a measure of stability in uncertain times.” The Bay Area Rescue Mission was established in 1965 to provide food, shelter and charitable service to the homeless to help them achieve self-sufficiency. The mission offers long-term substance and homelessness recovery programs, short-term emergency assistance, and an after-school center for youth. Pacific Service donated funds to support the educational programs of the mission. Also, the credit union donated four computers to the organization for computer literacy, education and homework assistance, and writing skills. Other San Francisco Bay Area groups receiving donations from the Pacific Service in the third quarter include Oakland Ballet and Marine Mammal Center. “Every year, local non-profit organizations provide valuable benefits to our community, and this year fund-raising for charitable organizations has been decimated by the economy,” said Steve Punch, president of Pacific Service CU. “With the continued support of our members and board of directors, we are very proud to able to continue to support local organizations that contribute so much to our community.” Pacific Service has donated money this year to:
* The American Red Cross; * Axis Community Health; * Bay Area Rescue Mission; * Cal Ripken Youth Baseball of Fresno; * Children’s Hospital Central California; * Children’s Hospital Oakland; * City of Fresno Crime Prevention Office; * Easter Seals Child Development Center in Fresno; * Elder Financial Protection Network; * Embarcadero YMCA; * Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; * Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission; * Fresno Police Activities League; * Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of the Bay Area; * Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Fresno; * Lindsay Wildlife Museum; * Marine Mammal Center; * Oakland Ballet; * The Salvation Army of Fresno; * The Salvation Army of San Francisco; and * Shih-Yu Lang YMCA.
During the third quarter, Pacific Service also hosted free child safety events in Livermore and Vacaville. These events offered free DNA LifePrint kits, electronic fingerprinting and child safety journals, along with child health and safety information provided by area public safety groups and non-profits. Launched in 2001, the credit union donates funds through its Community Involvement Program. Over the years, the credit union has given more than $1 million to area charities, impacting an estimated 386,000 people. An ongoing program funded annually by the credit union’s board of directors--the Community Involvement Program-- primarily focuses its efforts on organizations that assist low-income and at-risk individuals, especially children. The credit union gives to charitable organizations located in the 12 counties it serves: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.