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Opus Community Foundation Announces 16 Grant Awards to Charitable Organizations in California and Washington

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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Opus Bank (the “Bank”) and Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation's approval of 16 grant awards to charitable organizations that the Bank and Foundation believe will have an immediate and long lasting impact on efforts to rebuild our communities. The initiatives receiving the Foundation's financial support create enrichment and advancement opportunities that directly improve the lives of individuals and families in the communities Opus Bank serves.

The Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations in California and Washington that focus on affordable housing, community health issues, education, financial literacy, or the arts. These groups include:

California Grant Awards

Affordable Housing Clearinghouse received a grant to support its programs, which are focused on the creation of affordable housing throughout Southern California.

Boys and Girls Club of the South Bay received a grant to support its afterschool arts program, which provides arts education to at-risk youth, promoting self-directed learning, improving school attendance, and sharpening critical and creative skills.

Clothes the Deal received a grant to support its programs, which provide business clothing and job preparedness and financial literacy workshops to individuals from low-income communities in Los Angeles County, as they attempt to re-enter the workforce.

Hands Together received a grant to support its Morning Garden program, which provides educational opportunities for homeless families and families in transitional housing, through vocational training, parenting skills, computer literacy, and English language courses for adults; and early learning opportunities for preschool aged children to support their emotional, social, and educational development.

Human Options received a grant to support its programs, which help to stabilize the lives of victims of domestic violence by providing them access to emergency and transitional housing, counseling, supportive services, children's programs, legal advocacy, therapy, family healing center, and a 24 hour crisis hotline. Human Options helps victims stabilize their lives through housing, job placement, counseling, educational support, and through efforts to break the cycle of violence.

Orangewood Children's Foundation received a grant to support its independent living programs, which prepare teens living in foster care homes and at the Orangewood Children's Home to successfully transition into independent adulthood through life skills instruction, which focuses on four key areas: education, career preparation, relationships, and daily living.

San Diego Youth Symphony received a grant to support its Community Opus Project, which provides music instruction and personal development to elementary school aged children from underserved, low-income communities and encourages supportive bonds between the children and their families, neighbors, and communities.

The Wooden Floor received a grant to support its dance and pre-collegiate programs, which bridge the education and college access challenges of children from low-income families by strengthening their self-esteem and self-discipline, and instilling a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic skills workshops, and family programs.

Women Helping Women/Men2Work received a grant to support its Employment Success Program, which provides low-income and disadvantaged men, women, and teens access to life skills courses and training that assist job seekers with their quest to obtain gainful employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Working Wardrobes received a grant to support their Career Success Network, which provides job seekers with vocational training, career assessment tools, resume development assistance, financial literacy education, and placement services.

Washington Grant Awards

Children's Museum of Skagit County received a grant to support their family and parenting programs, which promote, encourage, and increase understanding of the arts, science, culture, and literature among children, youth, families, and educators in Skagit County.

Cocoon House received a grant to support its programs, which provide emergency shelter and services for at-risk and homeless teens with the objective of transitioning the youth into safe, permanent housing, while also addressing other challenges including educational, mental health, and addiction issues.

LifeWire received a grant to support its programs, which provide victims of domestic violence access to advocacy, counseling, housing, and safety net services, which stabilize and transform their lives.

Millionaire Club Charity received a grant to support its Transitional Jobs Program, which increases the participant's self-reliance, dignity, and employment opportunities through housing and job placement services, career and life skills training, and critical medical and social services.

Secret Harbor received a grant to support its Foster Care Resources Program, which provides at-risk girls and boys, and the families who care for them, a range of structured services including family support, crisis intervention, independent living skills training, and counseling that promote safety, growth, success, and independence.

Skagit Preschool and Resource Center received a grant to support its Assistive Technology program, which promotes early childhood development for special needs children from birth to age six through services and devices that allow for increased communication, promote independence, and expand their opportunity to play and learn.

Opus Community Foundation

The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) organization established by Opus Bank on September 30, 2010. The Foundation targets its philanthropic efforts in the areas of affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, community health issues, and the arts. The Foundation's goal is to stimulate economic change, promote reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen the communities around us.

About Opus Bank

Opus Bank, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with $2.4 billion of total assets, $1.6 billion of total loans, and $1.8 billion in total deposits, as of June 30, 2012. Opus Bank provides high-value, relationship-based banking products and exceptional service to its clients comprised of small and mid-sized commercial businesses, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, professionals, and consumers. Opus Bank offers a wide range of loan products, including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, multifamily residential, conforming and jumbo single-family residential, and consumer loans; and is a Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Preferred Lender. Opus Bank operates 58 banking offices, including 34 banking offices in California and 24 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington. Opus Bank has announced plans to open new banking offices in Gig Harbor, located in Pierce County, Washington. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com.

Opus Community Foundation
Ms. Katie Steele
Executive Director
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
Facsimile: (949) 250-9988
or
Opus Bank
Mr. Stephen H. Gordon
Chairman & CEO
or
Mr. Jeff L. Leonard
SVP, Director of Communications
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
Facsimile: (949) 250-9988

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