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OPB plays a role in helping the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshop

Melanie Heard and others involved in the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshop put in a lot of time and hard work to bring the joy of the theater to kids in Florence. There’s one magical moment that makes it all worth it.

“The moment that curtain opens, there’s electricity,” she says. “There’s nothing like it. And to be able to provide that for the community and for the children and their families, that’s such a blessing and such a gift.”

When Melanie first started C.R.O.W. in Florence in 2011, they faced many challenges. Oregon Pacific Bank played a major role early on in helping their fundraising dollars count. OPB offers special banking services for nonprofit organizations that can help them save money, such as OPB’s charitable checking program and discounted merchant services. But OPB didn’t stop there.

“They’ve done fundraising, they’ve done sponsorships, they’ve put ads in our program,” Melanie says. “They are always there for phone calls and questions and needs.”

Oregon Pacific Bank goes the extra mile because we know nonprofit organizations are a vital part of the community, says Kim Erickson, SVP and Team Leader/Residential Lending Manager in Florence. “Oregon Pacific Bank does so many things for nonprofits because there’s a multitude of organizations that make a community thrive.”

Kim says C.R.O.W. is especially close to her heart because her daughter has been involved in the program. She loved seeing her daughter and other children blossom while acting and singing in stage productions.

“It’s a completely different outlet for kids,” Kim says. “Without C.R.O.W., they would not have this opportunity.”

Melanie says those experiences are a big part of what makes the arts a “magical place.”

“There are just some kids that need that in their lives,” she says. “They need to have those opportunities to express themselves and to be who they really are, and the arts provide that.”

Melanie says Oregon Pacific Bank understands the work C.R.O.W. is doing and she’s glad to have our support.

“OPB really sees the merit in what we do, and they help us in ways that a normal bank wouldn’t,” she says. “Everything they do comes from the heart, and we are so grateful.”

Melanie Heard and others involved in the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshop put in a lot of time and hard work to bring the joy of the theater to kids in Florence. There’s one magical moment that makes it all worth it.

“The moment that curtain opens, there’s electricity,” she says. “There’s nothing like it. And to be able to provide that for the community and for the children and their families, that’s such a blessing and such a gift.”

When Melanie first started C.R.O.W. in Florence in 2011, they faced many challenges. Oregon Pacific Bank played a major role early on in helping their fundraising dollars count. OPB offers special banking services for nonprofit organizations that can help them save money, such as OPB’s charitable checking program and discounted merchant services. But OPB didn’t stop there.

“They’ve done fundraising, they’ve done sponsorships, they’ve put ads in our program,” Melanie says. “They are always there for phone calls and questions and needs.”

Oregon Pacific Bank goes the extra mile because we know nonprofit organizations are a vital part of the community, says Kim Erickson, SVP and Team Leader/Residential Lending Manager in Florence. “Oregon Pacific Bank does so many things for nonprofits because there’s a multitude of organizations that make a community thrive.”

Kim says C.R.O.W. is especially close to her heart because her daughter has been involved in the program. She loved seeing her daughter and other children blossom while acting and singing in stage productions.

“It’s a completely different outlet for kids,” Kim says. “Without C.R.O.W., they would not have this opportunity.”

Melanie says those experiences are a big part of what makes the arts a “magical place.”

“There are just some kids that need that in their lives,” she says. “They need to have those opportunities to express themselves and to be who they really are, and the arts provide that.”

Melanie says Oregon Pacific Bank understands the work C.R.O.W. is doing and she’s glad to have our support.

“OPB really sees the merit in what we do, and they help us in ways that a normal bank wouldn’t,” she says. “Everything they do comes from the heart, and we are so grateful.”

Banker Spotlight
Kim Erickson

Kim Erickson

SVP, Team Leader/Manager of Residential Lending
Florence Branch
541-997-7121

“I always tell people that OPB is not just a job for me — OPB is part of my life.”

Kim Erickson has always felt a strong connection to her hometown of Florence. She once spent some time away, but it didn’t work out. “I made it three months,” she says. “I decided to come back home.”

There’s a reason she’s always felt that special bond. “My home base has always been Florence,” she says. “It’s a small town where everybody knows everybody. It has a good feel. Everybody cares about everybody. It has very good community spirit.”

Kim is now a Senior Vice President and Manager of Residential Lending at Oregon Pacific Bank in Florence, where she started out as a teller 23 years ago. “They definitely like to encourage people to move up,” she says.

OPB does a lot to support the local community, Kim says, and she likes being active in civic activities. She has served as president of the Rotary Club of Florence and on the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Community Health Board. She’s also active in community fundraising efforts.

In her personal life, Kim enjoys spending time with her extended family in Florence and going on hunting and camping trips. She also enjoys supporting her children’s involvement in the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops, club sports and school activities.

Part of Kim’s community outreach efforts includes helping teach financial classes at Siuslaw High School and Siuslaw Outreach Services, which aims to help people who need assistance overcoming crisis situations. She says financial education is critical, and she often hears how people who attend her courses wish they’d learned some of the concepts earlier in life.

By helping others and serving the larger community, Kim is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference with the support of Oregon Pacific Bank.

“I always tell people that OPB is not just a job for me — OPB is part of my life,” she says. “They’re my family. I love what I do for a living. When I come to work every day, I’m happy to be here.”

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