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MECHANICS BANK LAUNCHES NEW “COMMUNITY PARTNERS” PROGRAM

Special products, streamlined donation requests, volunteer match-ups offered



Richmond, CA, April 21, 2010 -- RICHMOND, CA, April 21, 2010 - As the nation celebrates National Volunteer Week, Mechanics Bank announced today the launch of a new Community Partners program to lend a helping hand to Northern California nonprofit organizations. All features of the program can be accessed through a special, dedicted website mechanicsbankcares.com.

“We have a long history of commitment to nonprofits in our community, including relationships with more than 800 of them throughout our service area,” said Rauly Butler, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking at Mechanics Bank. “This program is designed to make it even easier for nonprofits to take advantage of what we have to offer.”

Mechanics Bank has developed a number of special products to meet the unique needs of nonprofits, including a checking account for 501(c)3 organizations that automatically makes a year-end contribution to the organization; savings, lending, investment and cash management products, online banking and bill pay, employee banking and 403(b) retirement plans.

But the program is about more than banking, and significantly different from anything offered elsewhere in the market. Among its unique features is the access that nonprofit organizations get to the bank’s Community Partner employees, helping match their needs with employees’ talents and interests. To help facilitate employee volunteerism, Mechanics Bank has added a new employee benefit of up to 12 hours of paid time off for volunteer activities.

“We know that nonprofits have been faced with unprecedented challenges recently,” said Butler. They’ve been forced to do more with less. While we’ve always encouraged employees to volunteer, we’re now making it easier than ever for them to help their favorite nonprofits without having to use vacation time.”

At the Community Partners website, nonprofits will find a streamlined application process for donations and sponsorships, as well as resources and information about the bank’s products and services, tools, tips and editorial insights from a variety of experts on nonprofit operations and links to other resources. The bank plans to add more benefits over time.

“As a community bank, we’re committed to helping people build prosperous communities,” said Butler. “Supporting nonprofits is a natural outgrowth of that commitment.”

For more information about Community Partners, visit mechanicsbankcares.com.

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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 $2.7 billion independent bank, headquartered in Richmond, California, offers personal banking, business banking, trust, brokerage and wealth management services through 33 offices across Northern California. For more information, please visit mechanicsbank.com.


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