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Bank of the Sierra and the Red Cross Are Teaming Up to Help Our Communities!

April 21, 2022

We are excited to announce the beginning of a partnership with the American Red Cross of Central California to help our communities! At Bank of the Sierra, our promise is to make every community we are a part of better, and we know the Red Cross shares that goal as well.

We asked the Red Cross what would have the largest beneficial impact on the communities we serve. Their answer was a new emergency response vehicle, or ERV. A next-generation ERV is currently being used throughout several other regions in California, while our local chapter currently drives an older model. To help our communities, we donated $150,000 to the Red Cross for the production of a new ERV that will be dedicated to serving the Central Valley. The new ERV is currently under construction and is expected to be available for service around October 2022.

ERVs play an important role for the Red Cross during disaster relief scenarios. They are used to deliver hot, prepackaged meals to communities affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes and wildfires. Emergency supplies and recovery items from bandages to brooms can be quickly dispersed by ERVs to disaster survivors and the Red Cross volunteer workforce. Among its fleet of nearly 4,600 vehicles, the Red Cross has more than 290 ERVs, and each vehicle drives more than 12,000 miles each year to reach people in need.

The American Red Cross of Central California serves over 4.2 million people in 11 counties, including seven counties where Bank of the Sierra currently has branches: Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara: Tulare, and Ventura counties. Their Central California region includes three chapters, a Central Valley chapter based in Fresno, a Kern County & Eastern Sierra chapter headquartered in Bakersfield, and a Pacific Coast chapter in Camarillo.

Other activities on behalf of Bank of the Sierra and the Red Cross to help our communities are currently being developed. Keep an eye on this blog for more information!

Woman receiving food Red Cross members unloading supplies Man receiving food