December 2005

Contact: Jennifer Guess/Daniel Cross (805) 687-3322

"Banking on Toys" for Hundreds of Youth in Santa Barbara & Goleta

Peoples' Self-Help Housing partners with Community West Bank to collect toys for the holidays

Santa Barbara & Goleta, CA—December 21, 2005


What: Santa will arrive via donated MTD bus to collect holiday toy donations from Community West Bank toy drive, to deliver to kids at Peoples' Self-Help Housing complexes. Staff, volunteers, and City Council members will load an MTD bus with donated toys bound for kids and teens.

Who: Kids from Peoples' Self-Help Housing Santa Barbara properties, Community West Bank CEO Lynda Nahra, Officer Rick Alvarado, MTD staff, Mayor Marty Blum, City Council Members and volunteers, and… SANTA!

Where: Community Bank West, 1600 State St. (at Arrellaga)

When: 2:00 pm (sharp), Wednesday, Dec. 21

Community West Bank has collected donated new toys to brighten the holidays for hundreds of children living at Peoples' Self-Help Housing affordable rental complexes in Isla Vista and Storke Ranch in Goleta, and the Ladera property in Santa Barbara. Officer Rick Alvarado from the Santa Barbara Police Department, a community partner of Peoples' Self-Help Housing, recognized this need, and initiated coordination of this toy drive with Community West Bank. Donations were dropped off by individuals and companies at Community West Bank branches and corporate offices throughout the past week.

In addition to toys for smaller children up to 11 years old, individuals donated items appropriate for children, ages 12-17 years old. Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) is providing a bus and a driver to transport the toys from the collection locations to Peoples' Self-Help Housing properties for distribution to the children.

Lynda Nahra, Community West Bank President & CEO commented, "Peoples' Self-Help Housing is a wonderful organization working to provide self-sufficiency programs for families through affordable housing and support services in our community. We are proud to support their toy drive so that all of the children in their program receive gifts this holiday season."

"We are thankful that Officer Alvarado saw an opportunity to help the children of our properties, and deeply appreciate this generous gesture by Community West Bank," said Jeanette Duncan, Executive Director of Peoples' Self-Help Housing. "These toys will lighten the financial burden for our families, especially during the holidays. Peoples' Self-Help Housing is honored to partner with community leaders that are so committed to local philanthropy."

Peoples' Self-Help Housing
Peoples' Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit organization with 35 years of experience developing affordable housing and community facilities for low-income and special needs households. With over 1000 homes completed and over 1200 rental units developed, Peoples' Self-Help Housing continues to strengthen its reputation and leadership position as the premiere affordable housing and community developer on the Central Coast. Peoples' Self-Help Housing is committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods, building attractive, high quality housing and providing innovative community services, so their residents have every possible opportunity to succeed in life. The Peoples' Self-Help Housing website is at www.pshhc.org.

Community West Bancshares
Community West Bancshares is a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California. The Company is the holding company for Community West Bank, formerly Goleta National Bank, which has two full-service branch offices, in Goleta and Ventura, and a loan production office in Santa Maria, California, which will be converted in May to a branch office. The principal business activities of the Company are Relationship banking, Mortgage lending and SBA lending, with loans originating in California, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.