Sacramento, Calif., September 27, 2017– River City Bank, Sacramento’s premier business bank, showed its support of mental health advocacy and initiatives in the local community by presenting a donation check in the amount of $14,141.96 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of California (NAMI California). NAMI California is a grassroots organization that provides leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California regarding serious mental illness.
“As one of Sacramento’s longstanding community-based businesses, River City Bank is dedicated to seeing our region grow and prosper, and that includes increasing awareness and support for mental health,” said Steve Fleming, President and CEO of River City Bank. “We applaud NAMI California’s tireless efforts to advocate for those impacted by serious mental illness and influence public policy on the subject, and we are pleased to contribute to the organization’s future success.”
“Although one in four Americans is impacted by mental illness, the experience can be very isolating because it’s not often discussed,” said Jessica Cruz, Executive Director of NAMI California. “To have a prominent business like River City Bank step forward with a donation is incredibly empowering for the families and individuals that access our support and services because it gives them a voice and opens up the opportunity for more conversation.”
River City Bank presented the donation check to Cruz and Steven Kite, Deputy Director of NAMI California, during its bi-annual client appreciation reception, which was held on September 21, 2017. The donation consisted of contributions from River City Bank as a corporate entity, as well as a significant sum provided by the internal fundraising efforts of its employees. As part of an annual tradition, River City Bank employees initiated a series of fundraising activities to encourage staff to provide donations to NAMI California as its charity of choice in 2017.
As a state agency, NAMI California provides technical assistance and training to 62 local affiliates that offer direct service and support to families and individuals in nearly every county in California. The organization’s signature programs include educational courses that address a variety of subjects including medication management, communication with friends and family, setting responsible boundaries, recognizing trigger behaviors, and working with medical providers. Through its affiliates, the organization also supports family-to-family and peer-to-peer support groups, destigmatizing classes, crisis intervention training for first responders and “NAMI on Campus” clubs for schools throughout the state. All local services are free to participants.
For more information about NAMI California, visit namica.org.
About River City Bank
Recently named one of Sacramento Business Journal’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies,” River City Bank is the Sacramento region’s premier business bank with assets of more than $1.9 billion. River City Bank offers a comprehensive suite of banking services, including loans, deposits and cash management tools to the business, consumer and commercial real estate sectors. With tailored, executive-level service and a Five Star “Superior” financial rating from the nation’s leading independent bank-rating firm, Bauer Financial, River City Bank redefines the banking experience and every touch point that surrounds it. River City Bank is the largest, independent, locally-owned bank in the Sacramento region with an office in the San Francisco Bay Area and a presence in Southern California. For additional information, please visit www.rivercitybank.com or call (916) 567-2600. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
About NAMI California
NAMI California is the leading grassroots organization working with families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. The organization provides information and support to 62 local affiliates and represents 19,000 people to the California Legislature and Governor on mental illness issues. NAMI California educates families, professionals and the public regarding scientific research into serious mental illness and works to provide a strong, coherent system that offers a continuum of care for the persistent, long-term needs of people with mental illness.