On any given night, over 37,000 people struggle with homelessness in the Northwest. Columbia Bank’s Warm Hearts Winter Drive is helping to keep our neighbors in need warm during the cold winter months by raising funds for more than 60 local shelters and aid organizations. In 2018, the fourth annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive raised $254,034 and collected over 6200 warm winter items.
This volunteer effort was launched in 2015 and is an important component of Warm Hearts Winter Drive. In 2017, Columbia Bank employees volunteered over 250 hours to serve hundreds of meals across WA, OR, and ID.
On December 1, 2015, Columbia Bank launched the first annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive to benefit homeless shelters in local communities across its footprint in the Northwest. The program rallied local communities to make cash donations and provide new warm winter wear including gloves, scarves, coats, socks, shoes, mittens and hats for adults and children at any Columbia Bank location. The program was an instant success, exceeding Columbia Bank's goal of raising $100,000 for local shelters, and raising over $130,000 in the first 30 days.
Since the Warm Hearts Winter Drive began, Columbia Bank has raised over $841,000 and collected more than 20,000 items for over 60 shelters across its footprint in the Northwest. This was made possible through generous donations from clients and employees.
100 percent of the funds and winter wear collected were donated directly to shelters and relief organizations in the communities where they were collected.
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