Community Corner

We are difference makers for members and our communities.

Supporting Our Schools & Financial Education

In 2018, 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 2018, we awarded 22 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 2018, 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-up.

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:

  • Student Scholarships - Each year, CommonWealth selects college-bound high school students to receive $1,000 scholarships. We will start accepting applications in August 2019.
  • 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.

  • Charitable Giving Programs

    Second Harvest Food Bank

    Through your donations, we were able to make a big difference in the lives of those in need. Contributions from members and employees has resulted in thousands of pounds of food collected to provide food to our local neighborhoods. In 2018, with the help of our employees and members, we were able to donate 820 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank. That equals about 1,000 meals donated to hungry families. Second Harvest Food Bank is the trusted leader dedicated to end local hunger. This organization provides food to a quarter of a million people each month.

    Second Harvest accepts all non-perishable food donations, but especially need these nutritious items:

    • Canned tuna, chicken or salmon
    • Peanut butter
    • Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili)
    • Low-sodium canned vegetables
    • Canned fruit in its own juice or water
    • Olive or canola oil
    • Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)
    • Canned foods with pop-top lids
    • Low-sugar whole grain cereals
    • Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)

    Please avoid items packed in glass. No candy or sugar-sweetened drinks.

    You can also make monitary donations directly to Second Harvest Food Bank.

    TurningWheels for Kids

    For the eighth year in a row, CommonWealth has partnered with TurningWheels for Kids to help build bikes for underprivileged children throughout Santa Clara County. Not only do these bikes give the children who receive them huge smiles, they also have a profound impact, acting as a vehicle for confidence building, independence, and improved health. We are pleased to announce that we have raised hundreds of dollars and helped build 2,500 bikes during the Big Bike Build.

    Thank you to everyone for your contributions!

    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!

    • 9/28-9/29 Taste of Morgan Hill
    • 10/4 - Financial Education Seminar at Milpitas Teen Center