Community Corner

We are difference makers for members and our communities.

Supporting Our Schools & Financial Education

In 2019, CommonWealth provided support to our local schools in a variety of ways. We value all of the hard work that is done in our local schools to provide tools and resources to students in order to help them meet their goals and prepare them for the future. We are honored to be a trusted resource for participation and support in these local schools.

Educational scholarships have been a part of CommonWealth’s annual giving programs for many years. However, in recent years, we increased our efforts with our scholarship program to help high school seniors meet their educational goals. Our program considers how students volunteer and make an impact in their local community. In 2019, we awarded 20 educational scholarships to deserving high school seniors. We are proud to honor these amazing students for making a difference while achieving their educational goals.

Because we are dedicated to the financial well-being of our members and communities, we are continuing our financial education program, WealthMatters and CommonCents. WealthMatters, our program for adult financial education, offers an interactive learning experience that provides financial tools and tips to help put our members on the path to financial success. CommonCents, our program for youth financial education, makes learning about money fun and provides simple financial tools and games for young people to learn about managing their money.

In The Community

Supporting our local communities is a big part of the culture at CommonWealth. Through volunteering and direct volunteer support, we have participated or sponsored in over 50 local events. In addition, over 70% of employees at CommonWealth have volunteered for various events throughout Santa Clara County.

Throughout the year, you may have seen us at a variety of local community events—from passing out sunglasses and light-up bracelets at Morgan Hill’s Friday Night Music Series to pouring beer & wine at a local festivals like Campbell’s Boogie on the Avenue and the Milpitas International BBQ. Of course, our community efforts would not be complete without our parade participation in Morgan Hill’s 4th of July Freedom Fest and their Kiwanis Club Holiday Lights Parade.

We provided sponsorships to many local schools and community organizations in support of their fundraising efforts in our communities. We also hosted a variety of charitable giving drives at our branches and corporate office where we collected nonperishable foods, backpacks, school supplies, socks, and other children’s essentials for local organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank and Cecelia’s Closet.

In 2019, we continue to strengthen relationships with local organizations like Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, TurningWheels For Kids, and The Sharks Foundation. Through these partnerships, we help with painting and repairing homes for elderly and disabled homeowners, building 2,500 bikes for children in Santa Clara County, and assisting with local park clean-ups.

We are your neighbor. We are a part of your community.

We live here, work here, and volunteer here too.

As a proud resident of Santa Clara County, CommonWealth actively supports the following community efforts:

  • Educational Scholarships - Each year, CommonWealth selects college-bound high school students to receive $1,000 scholarships. We are now accepting applications for the graduating class of 2021.
  • Charitable ContributionsEach year, CommonWealth selects four to five deserving non-profit organizations to receive grants to help the community.
  • Second Harvest Food BankCommonWealth partners with Second Harvest Food Bank to collect food for local families in need.
  • TurningWheels For Kids - In December, CommonWealth partners with Turning Wheels for Kids to help raise money and build bikes for underprivileged children throughout Santa Clara County.
  • Local school sponsorships for Milpitas High School, Pomeroy Elementary School–Milpitas, Live Oak High School and Paradise Valley Elementary School–Morgan Hill.

CommonWealth is a member of the following Chambers of Commerce: San Jose/Silicon Valley, Campbell, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill.

Below is more information about our annual charitable giving programs as well as some upcoming community events.

  • 2019 Charitable Contribution Recipients

    Learning and Loving Education Center (LLEC):

    The mission of the LLEC is to help enable low-income immigrant women from all over the world develop competency in English as well as relationship building with their families and community. LLEC was named the 2018 Morgan Hill Non-Profit of the Year.

    Operation Freedom Paws:

    Operation Freedom Paws empowers veterans and individuals with disabilities to restore their freedom to live life by teaching them to train their own dogs, and certifying them as service dog teams. The vision is for these individuals to live an enriched life through a special canine-human relationship.

    Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley (RTSV):

    RTSV is an organization that performs critical home safety and accessibility repairs at no charge for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners throughout Silicon Valley. The programs at RTSV allow seniors to remain living in their homes and people living with disabilities to live safely with dignity and independence. They also work to preserve affordable homeownership and neighborhood revitalization across Santa Clara County.

    Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (NDS):

    NDS’s mission is to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time. They work to create paths for survivors from crisis to safety, stability and greater self-reliance. They have a hotline as well as a shelter that provides 19 beds to women and children fleeing abuse.

    Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC):

    WERC provides free wildlife education programs along with wildlife rehabilitation services in Morgan Hill. They are known for their innovative techniques of raising bobcat kittens to avoid imprinting, as well as caring for a number of other native wildlife. They are funded entirely through private donations and grants.

    African American Community Service Agency (AACSA):

    AACSA was established to support individuals and families in need as well as to celebrate and preserve African American history and culture. For 41 years, AACSA has advocated on behalf of minorities living and working in San Jose’s most challenging neighborhoods. It is the mission of the AACSA to preserve the dignity and culture of a diverse African American Community.

    Parents Helping Parents (PHP):

    The mission of PHP is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential. They provide training and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care. PHP’s experienced staff members have a national reputation for being a trusted source of information for helping parents, caregivers, and children with disabilities of any kind, at any age.

    If you have any questions or want to learn more about CommonWealth’s Charitable Giving Programs, please call us at (800) 564-1588.

  • Upcoming Community Events

    CommonWealth has been a proud supporter of our local community events for over 60 years. Check out our upcoming community events calendar below and be sure to join us for all of the fun!

    Look for CommonWealth at these upcoming events!