Where can we have the greatest impact? How can our employees be personally engaged in making our communities stronger, better places to live? Where are bridges needed on the road to our members and communities success?
1. Make it a priority
At Pacific Crest, community isn’t an afterthought. We’ve dedicated a member of our staff to focus solely on community involvement: tracing the financial threads that run through our communities, and finding ways to strengthen that fabric so the whole community can thrive.
2. Build partnerships
It’s why we partner with nonprofits to offer financial counseling and other resources, like homebuyer education and downpayment assistance – such as Klamath Lake Community Action Services, which teaches financial investment for people who are trying to get an Individual Development Account (IDA) so they can buy a home.
We’re constantly looking for ways to meet our members at their point of need with products and services that make a difference. For example, how can you make financial progress when money is tight? It’s a common conundrum, and to address it, we offer Dreamsaver accounts: the savings program where you set money aside, and we match it.
Financial literacy is a crucial life skill. That’s why we work with schools to bring financial education to the classroom. Through the software program Banzai, we support students learning financial literacy with real-life scenarios. We donated the Financial Peace University curriculum to local high schools, and we support teachers, sharing our expertise with their classes as needed.
5. Get to work
At Pacific Crest, our team volunteers with organizations doing good work — from local schools to the Klamath Crisis Center. By participating in Casual for our Community, we encourage staff to become individually engaged: anyone can nominate a cause and present on why it deserves support, then we all donate to it as a team. We also honor community involvement by issuing an annual award to an exceptional staff member who has inspired others on our team.
Just a Few Examples
Chambers of Commerce
SMART (Start Making a Reader Today)
Klamath County Economic Development Association
Oregon Department of Forestry
4H-FFA Livestock Auction
Future Business Leaders of America
Oregon Hunters Association
Klamath Outdoor Science School
Hispanic Advisory Council
Newspapers in Education Program
Klamath Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS)
Friends of the Children
Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force
Klamath Crisis Center
Citizens for Safe Schools
Klamath Lake Food Bank
Relay for Life
Integral Youth Services
Klamath Basin Senior Citizen Center
Habitat for Humanity
Stop the Hurt Coalition
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