Community Involvement

Santa Cruz County Bank staff at a fundraiser

Reinvesting In Our community

Santa Cruz County Bank is a full-service community bank serving Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties. Since our opening in February of 2004, we have made a commitment to support regional well-being by actively participating in and donating to local nonprofit organizations that provide services for the benefit of our community. We understand that the strength of our community and our local economy directly affects our livelihood and the livelihood of everyone we serve.

Santa Cruz County Bank has a Community Benefit Program for donation and sponsorship requests. To submit a Community Benefit Program request to the Bank, please refer to our guidelines and link provided below. For more information regarding the Bank's community involvement, contact Kim Luke, kluke@sccountybank.com.

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Guidelines

Eligible organizations must be non-profit, tax-exempt as defined in section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code, a public service organization or institution, or a not-for-profit organization. Based on the number of requests we receive, each qualified request will be evaluated based on:

  • The Bank’s key funding priorities
  • The overall community benefit
  • The relationship to the Bank

Please review our Community Benefit Program Info & Guidelines for more information, and submit your request at least 60 days in advance of the event, program, or purpose for which funds are being solicited.

Our Key Funding Priorities

  • Health, Human Services and Community Development
  • Organizations that promote wellness and stability, (particularly in regard to benefiting low-to-moderate income individuals, seniors and minorities), are considered Key Funding Priorities. Requests for support benefitting a broad base of individuals or groups within Santa Cruz, Monterey or Santa Clara counties, are also considered.

Additional Opportunities

Santa Cruz County Bank employees participate and volunteer for many worthy projects within our communities. If your organization could benefit from our volunteers, send information describing your organization and the assistance you need to Kim Luke, kluke@sccountybank.com.

How to Apply

Community Request Application

Applicants may also submit a cover letter and pertinent organization or program material by mail, following the Community Benefit Program Info & Guidelines. If necessary, we will request additional specific information from the applicant.

Send completed applications to:

Santa Cruz County Bank
Attn: Community Benefit Program, Kim Luke
75 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Community Engagement Highlights

Save Our Shores

Save Our Shores group picture

We support Save Our Shores by volunteering for the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day - removing trash and debris from our beaches - and through our annual SCCB Stroll the Bay fundraiser.

CASA of Santa Cruz County

CASA donation presentation

Every year, Santa Cruz County Bank employees share their holiday spirit by contributing holiday gifts and gift cards for the children of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County.

Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz

Volunteer staff posing in front of a Christmas tree

During the holiday season, Santa Cruz County Bank branches participate in the Adopt-a-Family Wishing Stars gift giving campaign through the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz.

United Way

United Way Stuff the Bus Campaign

Santa Cruz County Bank has sponsored and participated in the Stuff the Bus back-to-school supplies campaign since its inception. Each year Team SCCB helps stuff backpacks with school supplies for thousands of local children who're experiencing homelessness and/or extreme hardships.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank donation presentation

Every holiday season Santa Cruz County Bank participates in Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food & Fund Drive, with every $1 raised creating 4 healthy meals for local families.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters Toss for Kids' Sake

Santa Cruz County Bank proudly supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and their one-to-one mentoring program which has served over 6,500 youth in our community over nearly 40 years.

Scotts Valley Chamber

Art, Wine and Beer Festival

Santa Cruz County Bank is a proud member of all our local Chambers of Commerce and Team SCCB enjoys volunteering to support fellow Chamber members and their businesses.

Monarch Services

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Our annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, for Monarch Services, promotes awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity volunteers

Santa Cruz County Bank employees volunteer at Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay's home development sites, helping local families secure affordable home ownership.

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