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American River Bank Foundation Donates $130,500 to Nonprofit Organizations

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American River Bank, a subsidiary of American River Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMRB), today announced that the American River Bank Foundation (the Foundation) will be awarding $130,500 to 15 nonprofit organizations in Northern California. Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded $853,100 to 44 different organizations.

“The American River Bank Foundation is committed to building up our local communities by contributing financially to organizations that help the most vulnerable women and children. We look for organizations that change lives,” said David T. Taber, President and CEO of American River Bank. “We are deeply inspired by the generosity of our employees, Board, clients, partners and sponsors who made it possible for us to donate $130,500 to 15 remarkable organizations.”

In 2015, American River Bank employees donated $19,325 to the Foundation, which is 100% matched by American River Bank, and $43,000 was raised from the Bank’s Annual Charity Golf Classic. All donations received by the Foundation are granted back out to the community as the Foundation is financially supported by American River Bank, its employees and partners.

The Foundation’s grant recipients are as follows:

  • Wellspring Women’s Center will receive $12,500 in 2016 to fund four core programs: Nutritious Meal Program, Children’s Corner Program, Safety Net Support Program and the Women’s Wellness Program.
  • Roseville Home Start will receive $10,000 in 2016 to fund Transitional Housing for Homeless Children and their Families, allowing them to provide for the immediate needs of children and women in their program.
  • St. John’s Program for Real Change will receive $12,500 in 2016 to fund the Stabilization and Job-Readiness Program which will help provide families with hours of intensive, in depth services addressing the issues which contribute to their poverty and homelessness.
  • Child Advocates of Placer County will receive $7,000 in 2016 to fund the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Placer Mentor Program which provides CASA volunteers to foster youth and mentors to at risk youth and former foster youth who have aged out of foster care.
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank will receive $11,000 in 2016 to fund the Megan Furth Harvest Pantry which addresses the specific diet-related health conditions that predominantly affect low income children in Sonoma County by delivering nutritious food emphasizing fresh produce, low fat protein and nutrient-dense, shelf stable foods as well as nutrition education to low income families.
  • Family Promise of Sacramento will receive $12,500 in 2016 to help support the organization’s purchases of clothing for homeless children, mothers and bedding for these mothers and children.
  • Sacramento Life Center will receive $12,500 in 2016 to help fund the Mobile Medical Clinic which will enable one of two Mobile Medical Clinics to be on the road one day each week for a year providing much needed medical care, counseling, education, resources and support.
  • Operation Care will receive $13,000 in 2016 to fund the Fresh Start Program so that women leaving the shelter may obtain and sustain housing.
  • Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) will receive $7,500 in 2016 to expand the Children’s Program Services to all children who participate in COTS housing program.
  • California Parenting Institute will receive $7,500 in 2016 to fund the Family Basic Needs Program which provides rental assistance, temporary childcare, food and transportation assistance.
  • The Arc of Amador & Calaveras will receive $5,000 in 2016 to fund the Enhancing Self-Esteem in Women with Disabilities Program that serves women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Keaton Raphael Memorial for Neuroblastoma Inc. will receive $7,000 to help fund the Family Navigator Program which provides support to families following a child’s cancer diagnosis.
  • Women’s Empowerment will receive $2,500 to help fund The Get A Job Kit Paid Training Program which provides a new pathway for women out of homelessness and into the workforce.
  • Nexus Youth and Family Services will receive $5,000 in 2016 to fund the Youth & Family Transport Vans which provides transportation for local foster youth and other high risk youth in rural areas to weekly classes.
  • Shoulder to Shoulder will receive $5,000 in 2016 to fund specific positions that directly affect the matching and support of mentors and mentees to address the issue of generational fatherlessness.

About the American River Bank Foundation
The American River Bank Foundation was established in July 2004 to give back meaningfully to local organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and provide physical and emotional well-being for the most vulnerable women and children. For information on how to donate to the Foundation or apply for grant funding, visit https://www.americanriverbank.com/AmericanRiverBankFoundation.

About American River Bank
American River Bank, a subsidiary of American River Bankshares (NASDAQ:AMRB), is a regional bank serving Northern California since 1983. We give business owners more REACH by offering financial expertise and exceptional service to complement a full suite of banking products and services. Our honest approach, commitment to community and focus on profitability is intended to lead our clients to greater success. For more information, call (800) 544-0545 or visit AmericanRiverBank.com.

Media Contact: David T. Taber President and Chief Executive Officer American River Bank 916-231-6714

Source:American River Bankshares