Funds will aid in expanding urban canopy to under-resourced local neighborhoods
SACRAMENTO, CA – River City Bank, Sacramento’s premier business bank, showed its support for public health and community improvements by presenting a donation check in the amount of $11,894 to the Sacramento Tree Foundation. The donation will be used to bolster the expansion of the foundation’s NeighborWoods Program, which seeks to plant approximately one million trees in under-resourced and under-canopied neighborhoods throughout the six-county Sacramento region. Funds may also be directed toward the organization’s innovative certification program, which aims to ensure that tree canopy considerations are incorporated into all new building developments.
“As one of Sacramento’s longstanding community-based businesses, River City Bank is dedicated to seeing our region grow and prosper, and that includes supporting organizations that provide solutions for enhancing quality of life and providing personal health benefits within our neighborhoods,” said Steve Fleming, President and CEO of River City Bank. “Sacramento Tree Foundation is responsible for significant improvements in our local communities, particularly through the planting of more than one million trees in and around Sacramento, and we are pleased to contribute to its future success.”
“The presence of a healthy and vibrant urban canopy provides tangible benefits to the community, including longer life spans and stronger school and professional performance,” said Ray Tretheway, Executive Director of Sacramento Tree Foundation. “With support from visionary partners such as River City Bank, we’re able to extend those benefits to six of our region’s most underserved neighborhoods.”
River City Bank presented the donation check to Mr. Tretheway and Dr. Janine Bera, Board President of Sacramento Tree Foundation, during its biennial client appreciation reception, which was held on September 19, 2019. 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 Sacramento Tree Foundation as its charity of choice in 2019. Activities included a bake sale, farmer’s market and an event deemed the “Great Banker Bake-Off,” as well as internal competitions between teams in the bank’s various offices and branch locations.
For more information about Sacramento Tree Foundation, visit SacTree.com.