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Mechanics Bank Volunteers Renovate Oakland Home

Bank sponsors “Rebuilding Together Oakland” project for the 6th year

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OAKLAND, CA, April 30, 2011 -- For the sixth year, Mechanics Bank has sponsored Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO), a program that brings together communities and volunteers to repair the homes of low income Oakland homeowners.

Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 30th, 2011, about a dozen Mechanics Bank volunteers, and several non-bank volunteers worked to renovate the home of an elderly woman near the Rockridge BART station. They landscaped the yard, painted portions of the exterior of her home, helped build a new front porch, installed electrical circuits and repaired a fence.

The bank provided breakfast and lunch for the volunteers and coached volunteers during the renovation process.

Elizabeth Swift, Vice President, Real Estate Industries Group, at Mechanics Bank, who organized the effort, said, “This was a great opportunity for all of us to invite our family, friends and clients to contribute to a great cause. It also allowed us the opportunity to get to know our bank colleagues better. The house looked great when we were finished, and I think everyone had a real feeling of satisfaction in having done something nice for someone else. By improving one resident’s home, we not only helped her, but also contributed to the overall community.”

Bank employees who volunteered on Friday the 22nd had the option of using some of the 12 hours of paid time off the bank provides specifically for volunteer work.

“Our mission is to help build prosperous communities as a trusted financial partner,” said Fernanda Rodrigues, Vice President, Community Affairs Officer. “This project is a way for us to fulfill that commitment.”

About Mechanics Bank

For more than a century, Mechanics Bank has been committed to helping people build prosperous communities as a trusted financial partner, forging lasting relationships through teamwork, respect and integrity. The bank has consistently been recognized as one of the Top 100 Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area and one of the Top Ten Best Places to Work in 2010 and 2011. The $2.9 billion independent bank, headquartered in Richmond, California, offers personal banking, business banking, trust and wealth management services across Northern California. For more information, please visit

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