REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Every Child Central Oregon recently received a $25,000 gift from First Interstate Bank and the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation as part of their second-annual Believe in Local grant campaign.
These funds will be deployed to address the needs of children and families connected to foster care and human services in Warm Springs and Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties.
“We are incredibly appreciative of First Interstate’s generosity and support,” said Melissa Williams, executive director of Every Child Central Oregon. “This donation helps us to further our mission of revolutionizing the foster care system. We’re thankful to have dedicated partners like First Interstate working with us to support our community.”
First Interstate Bank launched its Believe in Localcampaign in 2022 to celebrate the Bank’s longstanding commitment to the communities it serves. Each year, 40 nonprofit organizations across the Bank’s 14-state footprint receive a $25,000 gift in support of their mission. Every Child Central Oregon was nominated by local First Interstate employees and selected from a pool of over 500 submissions thanks to its alignment with the Bank’s philanthropic goals.
“Giving back to the places we call home is central to who we are as a community bank,” said Jamie Rockafellor, First Interstate retail hub manager in Redmond. “Our Believe in Local grant campaign captures our core values in action and is the ideal way to celebrate the nonprofit organizations that deliver the greatest positive impact. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to further support Every Child Central Oregon in its work to make our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
In addition to campaigns like Believe in Local, First Interstate makes annual donations and grants of 2% of its pre-tax earnings to local communities. These funds aid in the improvement of workforce development, boost early childhood education, mitigate poverty and support nonprofit organizations.
For more information on First Interstate Bank’s philanthropic efforts, please visit the bank’s website.
About First Interstate Bank
First Interstate is a community bank headquartered in Billings, Montana, delivering best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. With more than 300 offices, First Interstate enhances the communities it serves through an innovative corporate philanthropy program, which includes donating a portion of Company profits, matching employees’ personal financial contributions, and donating $10 per hour for volunteer efforts made at qualifying organizations. To learn more, please visit www.firstinterstate.com.