Spokane, WA (PRWEB) June 14, 2012
Sterling Bank’s volunteer efforts were recognized June 12 as the Association of Washington Business presented the bank with a 2012 Community Service Award.
Sterling received the award in part because of the generosity of its employees, who last year volunteered nearly 44,000 hours of their time to hundreds of different charitable organizations. Bank executives expect that number to grow for 2012 as they recently implemented a volunteer time off program to encourage more active participation and to provide employees with additional time to serve their communities.
“Sterling is honored to have been selected for this prestigious award,” said Ezra Eckhardt, Sterling Bank president and COO. “I am proud of the efforts and compassion demonstrated by our employees, who are living Sterling’s purpose of improving lives and strengthening communities.”
Sterling Bank was among seven Washington businesses honored with an annual AWB Community Service Award, which recognizes member companies of all sizes and types across the state for their contributions and volunteerism that makes our communities better places to live and work.
“These awards celebrate the dedication of each of these companies to community service,” said AWB President Don Brunell. “They also honor the hard work of their employees, who have made a commitment to giving back in the communities where they work and live.”
The awards were presented at a dinner held June 12 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, in conjunction with AWB’s Spring Meeting.
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,800+ members representing 700,000 employees.
About Sterling Financial Corporation
Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA) of Spokane, Washington, is the bank holding company for Sterling Savings Bank, a Washington state chartered and federally insured commercial bank. Sterling Savings Bank does business as Sterling Bank, First Independent Bank and Sonoma Bank (in California). Sterling offers banking products and services, mortgage lending, and trust and investment products to individuals, small businesses, corporations and other commercial organizations. As of March 31, 2012, Sterling had assets of $9.5 billion and operated 189 depository branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California. Visit Sterling’s website at http://www.bankwithsterling.com.