At Thurston First Bank, we take great pride in doing our part to sustain and improve the quality of life in our community through sponsorships, donations, or by volunteering our time and resources.Below are some of the organizations we are proud to support:
- Big Brothers & Big Sisters
- Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County
- Concern For Animals
- Friends of the Farmers Market
- Hands On Children's Museum
- Junior League of Olympia
- Music in the Park
- Olympia School District Education Foundation
- Olympia Symphony Orchestra
- Providence St. Peter Foundation
- Rotary International
- South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
- South Puget Sound Community College Foundation
- The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
- Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
- Washington State Senior Games
- And many more!
This past year, we have been a major supporter of the Hands On Children’s Museum, the Olympia School District Education Foundation and the Washington Center for Performing Arts. Read more about each of these below.
Hands On Children’s Museumwww.hocm.org
The Hands On Children's Museum leadership team had a major vision to not only relocate their existing storefront facility, but to expand it into something amazing that would feed the imaginations and minds of our youth and drive revenue into our capital city. Their vision called for a unique funding model which would require a public/private partnership. We put our "outside-of-the-box" thinking to work and created a financing solution that allowed them to successfully launch the largest museum in the state of Washington. It has since grown to be a major early education resource and tourist attraction for the entire community, serving over 300,000 visitors annually!
Olympia School District Education Foundationwww.osdef.org
The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) provides a variety of programs and activities to make sure every student has the tools he or she needs to succeed -- in school and in life. OSDEF awards grants to teachers for instructional tools and funds the Principals’ Emergency Checkbook Fund as well as other important programs. Through the Principals’ Emergency Checkbook Fund, OSDEF ensures students are "ready to learn" by meeting basic needs of students whose families are struggling financially.
In 2007, Thurston First Bank gave legs to this program and, in addition, sponsored the annual breakfast (which was the primary source of income) for the first five years. As a current banking partner, Thurston First handles all of the account logistics free of any administrative fees.
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound's largest performing arts facility, is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of five counties. Located in Olympia, the Center is a community gathering place, providing a focus for the performing arts unique to the region.