22nd Annual Flower Basket Sale Raises $5,000 for the American Cancer Society
Albany 14th Ave. Branch Raises Money for the ABC House
CORVALLIS – Throughout the month of April, our Albany 14th Ave. Branch sold “I Support ABC House” cards and collected loose change as a fundraiser for the ABC House. With the help of our wonderful customers, the Branch was able to raise over $200.
October 15, 2021
Citizens Bank Sponsors Coffee Cart to Boost Hospital Worker Morale
CORVALLIS – As this summer came to a close, hospitals throughout Oregon began experiencing their greatest surge of hospitalized COVID-19 patients since the pandemic’s inception. Frontline healthcare workers were dealing with an environment that was exhausting, stressful, and after nearly two years felt never ending. As the caseloads increased, healthcare workers’ morale was getting extremely low.
After a presentation from Doug Boysen, President/CEO of Samaritan Health Services, on the effects this latest surge was having on medical workers in Benton, Linn, and Lincoln Counties, Citizens Bank’s Board of Directors asked what they could do to help. That’s when Citizen Bank partnered with Good Grounds Coffee.
“We used the coffee truck to welcome back our employees at our Corvallis Main Branch when we reopened our lobbies to the public in June,” said Gordon Zimmerman, President/CEO of Citizens Bank. “When we were discussing a morale booster for the hospital, this was a natural choice.”
The original plan was to have the cart onsite at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center one day per week for the month of September from 6 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. to provide access for employees working any shift at the hospital. Citizens Bank would cover the cost of all drinks and food to say thank you and show appreciation.
Susan Arredondo, Owner of Good Grounds Coffee was excited for the opportunity to give back. “Being in Healthcare Management as my full-time job, I understand the toll that COVID has taken on morale for everyone involved,” said Arredondo. “This incredible group of people needs to be reminded that they have not been forgotten for all the sacrifice and hard work they are doing.”
From the first day, the reaction from frontline workers has been overwhelmingly positive. “Community members continuing to reach out, like Citizens Bank, provides the fuel for healthcare workers to keep doing their good work,” said Boysen. “The free coffee and pastries are appreciated not only because everyone loves coffee and pastries, but because it shows that their work is still recognized and valued.”
Wanting to extend the schedule beyond the original plan, Citizens Bank reached out to other community leaders and businesses to ask if they would be interested in joining to support the hospital staff. The response was immediate, and the schedule expanded into October. Even more companies and organizations have reached out directly to Susan at Good Grounds. The cart is now scheduled at the hospital into November.
According to Susan, the ripple effect has not only given back to healthcare workers, but it has meant a great deal to her partner businesses. “We provide pastries that are baked by small business owner, Annie Zentz of Crumble and Glaze. The exposure of her delicious baked goods and the increase in her volume has been a great blessing for her business.”
Not only did Citizens Bank provide the coffee and pastries, but they and other sponsors have had leadership onsite to personally thank the workers. “You really need to spend a few hours out there with these hospital workers and see what they are going through for our communities,” said Zimmerman. “It’s overwhelming but also rewarding. The small, simple gesture of saying ‘thank you’, providing a token of appreciation via this coffee cart really lifts their morale and their spirits. They feel the appreciation and are happy to know the community is behind them.”
March 12, 2021
Citizens Bank $15,000 Challenge Grant Helps Support the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
Citizens Bank Approves $126.5 Million in PPP Loans for 1,029 Local Businesses
Under the program’s guidelines, banks have 10 days to close and fund a loan once it is approved by the SBA, but according to Gordon Zimmerman, President and CEO, Citizens Bank’s dedicated staff was able to complete the process for many customers in just a few short days.
“Our staff has worked around the clock to go above and beyond for our customers and communities,” said Zimmerman. “We have closed months of normal loan volume in just days.”
While the PPP is a government sponsored program, funding these loans is the responsibility of Citizens Bank. Local deposits from the Bank’s customers are providing critical support to our friends and neighbors throughout our communities during this Pandemic. This is true community banking at its best.
“Our communities deserve our best and I assure you Citizens Bank and its employees will continue this meaningful work until program funds are exhausted,” stated Zimmerman. “We remain committed to disbursing these funds within the guidelines of the program - fairly, equitably and timely. We will continue these efforts until every single loan is funded and the program is complete.”
“Don Zinter from Citizens Bank, along with my CPA and I worked a lot of hours over the weekend of April 17th to get the applications completed and submitted correctly. The game kept changing, the rules were vague, and we needed the money. We got our application submitted early and without the support of Don and Citizens Bank, we would not have received the money.”
CEO, Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal
"Jon Johnson and Citizens Bank were beyond great. I was late on a submission for round 1 and Jon was great at following up and making sure I got in to round 2 consideration. He even walked paperwork from the bank to the store for me to sign. They were just amazing."Linda Hays
Owner, Hopscotch Toys