The Difference Your Membership Makes
The benefits of Salal membership go beyond good rates, low fees, and dedicated personal service. We’re committed to giving 5% of our annual income to help people and causes in the communities we serve. Because we know many small actions, when added together, can make big impacts. Every Salal member plays a part in making this impact, simply by doing your banking or financing with Salal.
At Salal, we aim to make a difference for good in our communities, both through our targeted charitable giving and financial products that empower positive change. Our approach centers on four main areas of focus: healthcare, housing insecurity, social equity, and renewable energy. Below are just a few of the many causes we were proud to support in 2022.
A major community impact highlight from this past year was Salal being named 2022 HealthPoint Partner of the Year this past September. As a longtime supporter of this community health network, it’s a great honor to be recognized by the HealthPoint team. Salal members made it possible for us to give over $46,000 in funding to HealthPoint last year. We also continued our long tradition of support for King County Nurses Association, with $34,000 in funding for scholarship and a unique grants program that empowers nurses to direct funding to address specific needs they see among the people they serve. One such project funded seasonal influenza vaccines for new parents and family members who had close contact with infants.
Part of our support for renewable energy this past year included over $30,000 in funding for GRID Alternatives, an organization that works to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy. Salal’s financial support this year funded four solar industry workforce development programs. These programs provided hands-on job training opportunities with a focus on making opportunities accessible and inclusive for groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the solar industry, including women, people of color, and those impacted by the criminal justice system.
Our efforts to promote social equity and expanded access to opportunity in our communities took many forms this past year. Notable projects included $15,000 to support the building of the Renton Family First Community Center. The new community center will bring quality recreation, education, and wellness programs and services to the historically underserved communities in Renton’s Benson Hill and Cascade neighborhoods. The community center is expected to open in spring 2023.
The Salal Foundation
The Salal Foundation supports organizations that work to build vibrant and sustainable communities and to promote a clean energy future. 2022 provided a meaningful impact to the communities we serve from assisting homeowners in making vital repairs and improving the livability of their homes, to advancing the solar power industry and creating local economic opportunities. We’re dedicated to improving lives and promoting prosperity to help your communities thrive. To learn more about Salal Foundation stories, visit TheSalalFoundation.org. Visit The Salal Foundation