Seattle, Wash. – HomeStreet Bank today announced that they donated $159,000 to 26 charitable organizations during their “Vote Your Heart” social media campaign. The campaign spanned from June 13 to November 20, 2016. Charities from differing regions were awarded every two weeks. Regions included Puget Sound; Eastern Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Hawaii, and California– all areas where HomeStreet has local banking branches.
Three local charitable organizations were chosen for each biweekly contest, all of which met a requirement of providing housing and shelter or basic needs support for those in need. One of the winning organizations, which was awarded $5,000 for the contest that took place between August 14 and August 28 was Pure Hearts R Us, based in the greater Los Angeles area, Calif.
“We are honored to accept this wonderful award from HomeStreet Bank for our programs,” said Aaron Leonard, CEO of Pure Hearts R Us. “It is very dear to us to provide everyday items like clothing, home supplies, home products, school supplies, food, etc. to the many families and individuals in need. With this donation we will be able to continue to service the community.”
Community members were encouraged to visit HomeStreet Bank’s Facebook page to vote on one of three local organizations. The voting periods were tiered so that small and large organizations were weighted equally, and each participating organization was guaranteed a donation with prizes being awarded for $3,000, $5,000, or $10,000, depending on number of votes received.
We are proud to be able to support so many non-profit organizations in the communities where we do business,” said HomeStreet CEO Mark Mason. “The support and response by the thousands of community members who participated in this program, as recipients and voters, was overwhelming.”
HomeStreet Bank prides itself on being an active philanthropic member of the many communities in which it serves, and this program is just one of the many ways HomeStreet gives back to its neighbors.
The full list of recipients and their corresponding donation amounts are as follows:
The Mockingbird Society – Seattle, Wash.
Community Health Systems, Inc. – Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego, Calif.
Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii – Hilo, Hawaii
Mary's Place – Seattle, Wash.
Dignity Delivery – San Diego, Calif.
Family Promise of Hawaii – Honolulu and Kailua, Hawaii
African American Alliance for Homeownership – Portland, Ore.
Cocoon House – Everett, Wash.
Rod’s House – Yakima, Wash.
Atlantic Street Center – Seattle, Wash
Mama’s Kitchen – San Diego, Calif.
Making Ends Meet – Aiea, Hawaii
Housing Hope – Everett, Wash.
Pure Hearts R Us – Lancaster, Calif.
Hope Services Hawaii, Inc. – Hilo, Hawaii
Rose Haven – Portland, Ore.
Sound Outreach – Tacoma, Wash.
Love Inc. – Yakima, Wash.
Childhaven – Seattle, Wash.
Mutual Housing – Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Ownership of Tacoma – Tacoma, Wash.
Rebuilding Together Kern County – Bakersfield, Calif.
Project Hawaii Inc. – Kea’eu, Hawaii
Outgrowing Hunger – Portland, Ore.
Dignity for Divas – Bellevue, Wash.
Elijah Family Homes – Richland, Wash.
About HomeStreet, Inc.
Now in its 96th year, HomeStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ:HMST) is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Seattle, Washington and is the holding company for HomeStreet Bank, a state-chartered, FDIC-insured commercial bank. HomeStreet offers consumer, commercial and private banking services and investment and insurance products, and originates residential and commercial mortgages and construction loans for borrowers located in the Western United States and Hawaii. The bank has consistently received an “outstanding” rating under the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).