Peoples Bank Makes $25,000 Grant to Local United Ways to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Submitted by Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank has awarded a $25,000 grant to local United Ways to support communities across the state impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In Skagit County, the donation will be used to support the Skagit Valley Disaster Relief Fund, which helps sustain nonprofit organizations and agencies as they work to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Skagit Valley. The Peoples Bank grant will also be used to support United Way coronavirus relief efforts in Whatcom, Snohomish, and King counties.

United Way of Skagit County is partnering with the Skagit Community Foundation and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) to manage distribution of the Skagit Valley Disaster Relief Fund, which is distributing grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that directly support vulnerable populations and critical human needs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Skagit County.

“We rely on our community and business leaders to provide the funding necessary to support essential community services in this time of great need,” said Debra Lancaster, Executive Director of United Way of Skagit County. “We are incredibly grateful to Peoples Bank for its generosity and commitment to the Skagit Valley community.”

“United Way plays a critical role in our communities assisting with housing, food, childcare, transportation, medical care, and other necessities during this unprecedented time,” said Lisa Hefter, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative & Risk Officer. “As a community bank with long-standing ties to the neighborhoods we serve, we are steadfast in our commitment to supporting the important work of local nonprofit organizations while addressing the financial needs of local businesses and families.”

Each year, Peoples Bank donates hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support to local and regional nonprofit organizations providing valuable services in the arts, child and family services, education, health and social services, and civics. The Bank also allows employees to use work hours to volunteer in the community and encourages members of the community to help others through creative giving campaigns. For more information about Peoples Bank’s community giving, please visit

About Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank is a locally owned and operated, independent full-service community bank with $2 billion in assets. Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, the Bank was founded in 1921 and operates 23 branches located throughout Washington. Reflecting its strong financial management practices, dedicated employees, and long-standing customer relationships, Peoples Bank was awarded a superior five-star rating from BauerFinancial, a leading independent bank rating firm. Learn more about Peoples Bank at

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