Seattle Bank in our Community
At Seattle Bank, we believe that in order to be a valid part of the fabric of the community, we must work to improve the quality of life of our neighbors, right here in the Puget Sound. We recognize the immeasurable value of the human resources at our company, and cultivate a culture of community responsibility in our staff - many of whom volunteer many hours of their own time. We also take very seriously the power we have to establish and grow partnerships to address our community's greatest needs, and work closely with area non-profits to further their objectives.
May 19, 2013: Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes
Our Seattle Bank/Seattle Mortgage team ran and walked in the Beat the Bridge fundraiser, supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation– for the 20th year in a row! Our team (44 strong!) raised several thousand dollars for the cause. Good work, guys!
April 2, 2013: Banker’s Care Spring Food Drive
A team from Seattle Bank joined the Washington Bankers Association, Northwest Harvest, and KOMO Newsradio’s Morning Show co-anchor, Manda Factor, in the outdoor plaza at Westlake Center to collect non-perishable food and monetary donations as part of the Bankers Care Spring Food Drive. We also donated a check for $3000 to the organization. Overall, the drive raised enough to provide more than 170,000 meals to hungry people through the region!
December 19, 2012: Atlantic Street Holiday Toy Store
The toy Store is a wonderful program that allows low income families to pick out donated toys, books, games, and clothing for their children for Christmas - over 300 families each year! We helped out at the toy store, helping guide families through, and gift wrapping. This was a particularly special event for us, since Seattle Bank’s President and CEO, Pat Patrick, is a long-time fervent supporter of the Atlantic Street Center, with deep personal ties to the organization.
December 7, 2012: Treehouse for kids
During the holiday months, we held a toy drive for Treehouse, a wonderful organization that helps foster kids have a better life and future. A few of us took a little field trip to deliver the toys, and got to tour Treehouse’s warehouse, a free store where foster kids can ‘shop’ for new and like-new clothing, books, and toys – to help them feel good and fit in better. We were totally impressed and inspired. This is a great organization!
October 4th, 2012: Union Gospel Mission with Sounders FC
On October 4th, a team from Seattle Bank volunteered alongside Sounders FC players and fans as part of our United We Serve program. This time we helping serve and (clean up) Union Gospel Mission’s evening meal service.
August 21, 2012: Stuff the Bus
OnSeattle Bank volunteers rode the big yellow school bus to collect all the donated school supplies for the 2012 Stuff the Bus school supply drive. The drive collects supplies for needy children at more than 40 local schools. In addition to our great volunteers, our staff donated 19 backpacks, 48 notebooks, 24 pairs of scissors, 47 packs of ballpoint pens, 45 packs of crayons, 20 pencil sharpeners, 20 folders, 41 packs of pencils, 16 packs of glue sticks, 14 packs of highlighters, 5 binders, 30 packs or notebook paper, and a whole bunch more. Thanks, everyone!
August 12, 2012: ‘Over the Edge’ for Special Olympics
Our Chief Lending Officer Dan Dierdorff rappelled off the 40-story Rainier Tower to raise money for the Special Olympics. This year, more than $220,000 was raised! Dan participates in the 'Over the Edge' event each year. Well, we’re impressed. Thanks for doing this for such a great cause, Dan!
July 29th: Torchlight Parade for Community in Schools Seattle
Our Chief Internal Auditor Sharleen Bonnville and her husband Rob marched in the Seattle Torchlight Parade to help promote the Stuff the Bus schools supply drive. We hear they made a big noise to support this great effort from Communities in Schools of Seattle. Thank you, Sharleen and Rob!
June 27, 2012: Rebuilding Together Seattle
Volunteers from Seattle Bank joined with Wilcox Construction for a Rebuilding Together Seattle work party to help fix up an adult group home in the Shorewood area. Thanks, guys!
May 14, 2012: Serving at Hopelink Kirkland
Employees from Seattle Bank, Sounders FC players, and fan volunteers work to sort donated food at Hopelink Kirkland, on May 14, 2012. In the blue shirt is Dan Dierdorff, our Chief Lending Officer.
June 9, 2012: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America—NW Chapter, Take Steps Be Heard
For the first time this year, a team from Seattle Bank and Seattle Mortgage Company participated in the Take Steps Be Heard fundraiser walk to raise money for the northwest chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. The CCFA raises funds for Crohn's and Colitis research and summer camps for young patients. Our team was the fifth highest fundraising team, helping the CCFA exceed their goal for this event!
Our Take Steps Be Heard fundraising team after the walk on Saturday, June 9th, 2012.
May 20, 2012: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—NW Chapter, Beat the Bridge Run
For 18 years in a row, Seattle Bank and Seattle Mortgage Company employees have run in the Beat the Bridge fundraiser run, a local tradition since 1994. Since that time, we have raised nearly $90,000 to support juvenile diabetes research.
Bank and mortgage employees after the run at this year's Beat the Bridge event. Jeannie Ciesynski, our Director of Community Banking, is front left.
Stuff the Bus
Before each school year, the Seattle Seahawks and Communities in Schools, Seattle (CISS) hold a school supply drive for needy students so that they can be better prepared for the upcoming school year. Each year we participate, offering our banking centers as donation drop-off points, and collecting school supplies. In past years, this drive has collected enough supplies to stuff two buses - which allows CISS to donate to 32 schools, and up to 9,000 students! This year we are collecting supplies from June 18th through August 21st . If you'd like to donate, click here for a list of needed supplies, and drop off your donations at one of your Seattle Bank Community Financial Centers!
Employee Jessica Reed helps “stuff the bus” in the 2010 school supply drive at the stadium.
Financial Literacy Education
Representatives from Seattle Bank are available to teach financial literacy courses. For example, in years past we have taught women who are enrolled in the long-term program at Union Gospel Mission how to budget their money and help them establish savings accounts. Similar programs can be arranged by contacting Jean Ciesynski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-273-7359.
Bank on Seattle—King County
Bank on Seattle—King County is a community wide partnership between the area's financial institutions and local government to ensure access for everyone to basic financial services, without the high fees found at check-cashing companies or payday lenders. For more information, contact Customer Solutions at 206-568-7800 or Customer Solutions.
Home$tart Savings Program
Offered in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Home$tart offers down-payment assistance (up to $5,000) for qualified lower-income homebuyers. To learn more, please contact one of our Loan Consultants.
The finishing touches are put on the 46th Street Mural designed by artist Todd Lown in the Wallingford neighborhood under Highway 99. Seattle Bank donated much-needed funds to complete the project.