Santa Cruz County Bank is a locally-owned and headquartered commercial bank in Santa Cruz County. Our clients, employees, and friends live and work here and consider Santa Cruz County "home." As a local business and as residents ourselves, we understand that the strength of our community and our local economy directly affects our livelihood and the livelihood of everyone we serve. We are committed to long-term community building through our involvement in supporting local businesses and organizations that provide services for the benefit of our community. At Santa Cruz County Bank, we reinvest back into the community through volunteerism, participation in serving on the Boards and Committees of local non-profit groups, service clubs, Chambers and charitable organizations. Our Directors, management team and employees are actively involved in numerous activities and give generously of their time, their energy, and their talent. We encourage and support these commitments and look forward to partnerships which endeavor to strengthen and build our community.
Santa Cruz County Bank has a Community Benefit Program for donation requests. To submit a Community Benefit Program request to the Bank, please refer to our guideline link provided below.
Highlights of Recent Community Involvement Activities
United Way Stuff the Bus Campaign
In partnership with United Way of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County Bank collected school supplies in each of its five locations for the Stuff the Bus campaign. Stuff the Bus is an effort to collect backpacks, school supplies and donations to help ensure that low-income and homeless children around the County are ready to go back to school in the fall. The supplies are distributed through the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Write Start program.
Pictured here are members of the Bank's Watsonville office staff next to their collection "Bus" for the Stuff the Bus campaign.
Women's Crisis Center's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a nationwide event that invites the community to participate in a one mile walk, literally in her shoes by wearing women's high heels to raise awareness around issues of rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The march empowers the community to create safety and provides an opportunity to talk about these important issues.
Walk a Mile provides an amazing opportunity for us to reach our community and create more awareness around sexual assault. This year many of the Santa Cruz County Bank employees came out, heels and all, to rally around this great cause!
Habitat for Humanity
As part of our ongoing commitment to the community we serve, Santa Cruz County Bank employees spent their Saturday, April 14, 2012 helping build three townhomes on Blake Lane in Scotts Valley for Habitat for Humanity.
Bank volunteer participants included: David Heald (Bank CEO), Steve Acosta, Raven Albalos, Leslie Ayers, Fred Caioccia, Mary Anne Carson, Debra Crawford, Claudia Fischer, Doug Fischer, Shawn Lipman, Chris Maffia, Chuck Maffia, Josh Peterson, Aaron Robles, Francisco Rodriguez and Larae Ross.
Beth Bowman, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity stated, "These three affordable townhomes are 90 hours closer to completion thanks to Santa Cruz County Bank. In addition to their hard work as volunteers on this Build Out day, Santa Cruz County Bank has come through for us as a Member Bank which as allowed us to secure funds critical to the success of this project."
Bowl for Kids' Sake
Bowl For Kids' Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters' largest annual fundraising event. It is a fun way to raise money and make a difference in a child's life. Each year Santa Cruz County Bank employees come out and bowl, raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last year we had over 40 employees participate and we raised over $6,000!
The Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofits and schools. The Human Race helps address the financial needs of local non-profit agencies, schools, and faith based social and arts groups. Santa Cruz County Bank has happily participated and helped sponsor the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center's Human Race every year since the Bank opened in 2004.
Relay For Life
Santa Cruz County Bank has had a team at the Santa Cruz Relay For Life event the last three years and we'll be out there again in the next year! All proceeds raised benefit the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are 24 hours in length; representing the reality that cancer never sleeps. By participating, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives we've lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer in your community.
Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive
2011 marks the eighth year that Santa Cruz County Bank has participated in the Holiday Food Drive. For every $1 raised, four meals are provided. Every full barrel provides 125 pounds of food and feeds over 100 people.
Pictured: David Heald, President & CEO of Santa Cruz County Bank and Willy Elliott-McCrea, Director of Second Harvest Food Bank
Boys & Girls Club
Santa Cruz County Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz celebrate their continued partnership to provide benefits for over 2,400 youth in the community. The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz has provided a safe, positive environment for local youth since 1969.
Pictured left to right are Chris Maffia, Relationship Manager for Santa Cruz County Bank, Alex Fey, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club, Peter Dean, Board President of Boys & Girls Club, David Heald, President & CEO of Santa Cruz County Bank, Randy Krassow, Board member and Business Partner Chair, Boys & Girls Club and Julie Penniman, Development Director of Boys & Girls Club.
October 14, 2011 Santa Cruz County Bank received a leadership award from the Santa Cruz County Bar Association.
The award is for showing a leadership role in supporting access to justice for low-income Californians.
Pictured left to right: Tamyra Rice, president of the SCC Bar Association, Mary Anne Carson, Senior Vice President, Santa Cruz County Bank, Elena Enzweiler, Legal Services Trust Fund Program, The State Bar of California, Terry Hancock, Executive Director of Senior Citizen's Legal Services, Ellen Pirie, County Supervisor, George Gallucci, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Santa Cruz County Bank