Since our founding in 1990, North Olympic Land Trust has continued to grow and with that growth the nonprofit was in need of a larger space. Recognizing this need, Sound Community Bank officials offered a generous opportunity that allowed us to move to our own location at 602 East Front Street, Port Angeles in early July, 2016.
The partnership with Sound Community Bank deepened a lasting relationship between the Bank and the Land Trust by providing our team with the room needed to build our efforts to conserve the lands that sustain the communities of Clallam County. Additionally, the larger office space acts as a wonderful place to reflect the community’s land conservation achievements and future goals.
“Sound Community Bank is continuing a long tradition of businesses investing in local nonprofits,” said Tom Sanford, North Olympic Land Trust Executive Director. “This investment in the Land Trust gives us the space we need to attempt to meet the growing community demand for land conservation. We see this donation to the Land Trust, as a gift to the entire community, and intend to use it accordingly.”
Working beside the community and with willing landowners, we’ve conserved more than 3,200 acres on over 90 properties across Clallam County. These lands include about 650 acres open for public recreation, 460 acres of active farmland, both marine and freshwater shorelines and about 1,800 acres of conserved forestlands, including 460 acres of working forests.
With a focus on fish, farms and forests, wet help local citizens protect the land base that defines the North Olympic Peninsula and in doing so ensure these lands are permanently conserved for future generations. The support of Sound Community Bank through this tremendous partnership is instrumental in the our ability to pursue current and future land conservation opportunities on behalf of the community.
Furthering the development of North Olympic Land Trust aligns with the commitment of Sound Community Bank to provide sustainable and secure financial services and support for individuals, businesses and communities. The Bank’s partnership with the Land Trust is just one example of their support, as Sound Community Bank has supported holistic sustainability on the North Olympic Peninsula for nearly 20 years.
“We playfully state that ‘community’ is our middle name – but it really is!” said Laurie Stewart, President and CEO of Sound Community Bank. “Partnerships with like-minded community organizations affirm our long-term commitment to the places we do business.”
“I was born and raised in Sequim,” she added. “North Olympic Land Trust ensures those fields, farms and rivers I fondly remember endure for generations to come. Sound Community Bank looks forward to this partnership and the great work we’ll achieve together.”
About Sound Community Bank
For over 60 years, Sound Community Bank has been providing personal financial services in the Puget Sound area. What began in a single office as the Associated Grocers Employee Credit Union in 1953 has now grown into a regional community bank with six branch locations and a loan production office. Sound Community Bank has grown to over $550 million in assets and offers a suite of personal and business banking products and services.