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, as well as 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 generously give their time, their energy, and their talent. We are committed to strengthening and building 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.
Below are highlights of our community engagement activities.
The Farm Bureau of Santa Cruz County and Agri-Culture honored Santa Cruz County Bank with the 2018 Al Smith Friend of Agriculture Award. This award is presented annually to an individual, business or organization that is not directly involved in the production of agriculture, yet supports the industry in other ways.
The United Way of Santa Cruz County honored Santa Cruz County Bank with the 2016 Community Builder Corporate Spirit Award. This award recognizes the Bank's development of successful strategies that encourage employees to give, advocate, volunteer and promote United Way-led community solutions. United Way of Santa Cruz County states, "Santa Cruz County Bank is being recognized for its longstanding partnership with the United Way through its workplace campaign efforts, service on the United Way board, involvement in the Emerging Leaders Circle, and participation in volunteer efforts such as Make A Difference Day and Stuff the Bus."
Santa Cruz County Bank received the 2013 Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz "Be The Difference" Business Award for its leadership and volunteer efforts. We attribute the "Be The Difference" Award success to all of our employees, our Management team members and our Board of Directors, who are all currently engaged in bettering community. Many members of the Bank volunteer time and money, as well as offer their services by sitting on Boards and/or Committees of local non-profit groups, service clubs, chambers and charitable organizations.
The Bank has encouraged its employees to take an active role in giving back to the community since its inception in 2004. Employees are allowed 40 hours per year, paid time off, to volunteer in the community each year.
View our "Be The Difference" Award Video, which includes
a thank you to all of our Board of Directors and employees.
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.
Monarch Services 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.
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 has 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 several thousand dollars for the cause.
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 art 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 a team at the Santa Cruz Relay For Life event every 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, we honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives we've lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer in the community.
Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive
Each holiday season Santa Cruz County Bank has participates in the Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive. Every $1 raised, creates four meals. And for every full barrel of 125 pounds of food can feed over 100 people.
Pictured: David Heald, President & CEO of Santa Cruz County Bank and Willy Elliott-McCrea, Director of Second Harvest Food Bank