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Opus Community Foundation Announces 18 Grant Awards to Charitable Organizations in California and Washington

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Opus Bank (Nasdaq: OPB) and the Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 18 grant awards to nonprofit organizations that the Foundation believes will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on efforts to build and strengthen our communities. The organizations 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 organizations receiving grants are located in California and Washington and focus on affordable housing, arts education for youth, domestic violence prevention and child safety, economic and financial literacy, community health and human services, safety net services, the arts, and education for at-risk children. These individual organizations are included below by the state they serve.

California

A Quarter Blue received a grant to support its programs, which provide therapeutic and practical support through professional mental health providers for child victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Brea-Placentia-Yorba Linda received a grant to support its afterschool programs, which provide mentoring, educational support, health and nutrition education, and financial literacy programs for low-income youth.

Haven Hills received a grant to support its programs, which provide a 24/7 crisis hotline, a crisis shelter, transitional housing, and counselling to victims of domestic violence, as well as food, clothing, and an on-site K-12 school so victim’s needs can be met without returning to a place where their abuser can find them.

Home Start, Inc. received a grant to support its Financial Opportunity Center, which works with families to transform their financial behaviors and encourages them to make long-term commitments to increasing income, decreasing expenses, and acquiring assets.

Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County received a grant to support its Reading Partners program, which places trained volunteers in K-3 classrooms to give children in Orange County’s low-income neighborhoods access to individualized attention.

Muckenthaler Cultural Center received a grant to support its Arts Education Outreach program, which brings innovative STEAM education opportunities to underserved areas in North Orange County through collaborations with school districts, foster care sites, libraries, and other community partners.

Mychal’s Learning Place received a grant to support its programs, which help children and adults with developmental disabilities to become independent, productive members of society through daily living skills classes, job placement and support, and afterschool education and enrichment programs.

Reality Changers received a grant to support its programs, which provide youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with resources to help them become first-generation college students, including academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training.

South Bay Children’s Health Center received a grant to support its programs, which provide out-patient dental and mental health services to children from low- to moderate-income families, which services address the social, emotional, and psychological needs of children, adolescents, and their families.

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 assists job seekers with their quest to obtain gainful employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Washington

Arlington Kids’ Kloset received a grant to support its programs, which provide clothing and basic necessities to more than 1,300 children annually in northern Snohomish County who are low-income, homeless, or have emergency needs due to fire, natural disaster or sudden relocation.

Banchero Disability Partners received a grant to support its programs, which help adults with developmental disabilities to excel in all areas of life through assistance with daily living activities, maintaining public benefits, obtaining medical and mental health care, and finding success in school, jobs, and volunteer experiences.

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.

Emergency Food Network received a grant to support its programs, which acquire, store, transport, and distribute approximately 15 million pounds of food each year to food banks and hot meal programs in Pierce County and other sites in Western Washington.

Housing Hope received a grant to support its programs, which provide affordable housing, education and employment support, child care, child development services, and adult life skills education to low-income individuals and families in Snohomish County.

Victim Support Services received a grant to support its programs, which provide highly trained and empathetic advocates for people whose lives have been traumatized by violent crime and provide the support and expertise victims need to get through the crisis.

Washington Community Alliance for Self Help received a grant for its Financial Management Training program, which equips low-income and disadvantaged individuals living in King and Snohomish counties to effectively manage their personal finances, build or repair their credit, and run their businesses profitably and responsibly.

YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish counties received a grant to support its programs, which provide housing and emergency services, employment training, health care access, and youth programs that meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, and increase opportunities for all members of the community.

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. For additional information about the Opus Community Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website: www.opuscf.org.

About Opus Bank

Opus Bank is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with $5.1 billion of total assets, $4.1 billion of total loans, and $3.8 billion in total deposits as of December 31, 2014. Opus Bank provides high-value, relationship-based banking products, services, and solutions to its clients through its Retail Bank, Commercial Bank, Merchant Bank, and Correspondent Bank. Opus Bank offers a suite of treasury and cash management and depository solutions and a wide range of loan products, including commercial business, healthcare, technology, multifamily residential, commercial real estate, and structured finance, and is an SBA preferred lender. Opus Bank is an Equal Housing Lender. Opus Bank operates 58 banking offices, including two in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, 32 in California and 24 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com.

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