PORTERVILLE, Calif. — Porterville's Bank of the Sierra today announced that through the Sierra Grant Program was able to donate 33,500 in funding to 13 nonprofits during the first quarter.
The Bank also announced it will prioritize funding to nonprofit organizations that are fighting or have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Sierra Grant Program.
Bank of the Sierra awards $1,000- $5,000 grants to 15-25 nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of the program.
In the first quarter, the Bank awarded a total of $60,000 to nonprofits in the eight counties it serves.
Central California Food Bank will use a Sierra Grant to support its neighborhood market fresh produce distributions in Tulare County.
Normally there are 24 neighborhood markets every month, and each event serves an average of 650 people.
A Sierra Grant will support the Assistance League of Visalia’s Operation School Bell program, this organization provides clothing, backpacks with school supplies, hygiene kits and books for home libraries to students.
The Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation was also awarded a Sierra Grant to support Pink Tea, its primary fundraiser for breast cancer community education and care services, the Tulare County-based organization is also asking people to donate masks, gowns, gloves and other medical gear, give blood and to contribute to its COVID-19 relief fund.
“We want to help our communities in the fight against COVID-19, and we knew the Sierra Grant Program would be the perfect way to do it,” said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra president and CEO. “We’re in this together!”