SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - The American River Bankshares (AMRB) Foundation, a program of American River Bankshares (NASDAQ: AMRB), the Northern California-based holding company for American River Bank, today announced its 2009 grant recipients, awarding a total of $60,000 to six local non-profit organizations serving Amador, Placer, Sacramento or Sonoma Counties. Since 2005, the AMRB Foundation has donated $315,000 to over 25 organizations in the communities we serve.

"We received proposals from so many worthwhile organizations that it certainly makes it difficult to choose from among them, however given the current economic environment, we felt it important to focus on those organizations that provide basic services, such as food, clothing and shelter, to those most in need," said David T. Taber, President of the AMRB Foundation. "American River Bankshares is proud that as a strong, profitable and growing local banking Company, we can continue to give back to the community regardless of the market cycle."

The AMRB Foundation's 2009 grant recipients are as follows:

  • Assistance League of Sacramento in Sacramento County will receive $10,000 to support Operation School Bell, a program that provides new school clothing and other appropriate school items to economically disadvantaged children.

  • Interfaith Council of Amador in Amador County will receive $10,000 to support the Emergency Food Purchase Program.

  • PEACE for Families in Placer County will receive $10,000 to support the Emergency Safe House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

  • Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County will receive $10,000 to support the Megan Furth Harvest Pantry, which gives healthy, fresh and nutritious foods to low-income children.

  • Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center in Sacramento County will receive $10,000 to support the Homeless Prevention Project, which provides rental assistance to single women who are in danger of homelessness.

  • Wellspring Women's Center in Sacramento County will receive $10,000 to support its general operations of providing hospitality with dignity and love to women in need.

The mission of the AMRB Foundation is to support organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and provide physical and emotional well-being for the most vulnerable women and children. Proposals are accepted to fund either the general operations of an organization's mission or a specific program relating to women and children. Each proposal is vetted by a volunteer employee committee, which then gives its funding recommendations to the Foundation's Board of Directors.

About the American River Bankshares Foundation

The American River Bankshares Foundation was established in July 2004 to fulfill the shared vision of American River Bank, Bank of Amador and North Coast Bank to give back meaningfully to local organizations based in the communities in which the three Banks do business. The Foundation receives 100% of its donations and is supported by the three Banks, their employees, friends and the Board of Directors of American River Bankshares. For more information on the Foundation, please call (916) 231-6717 or visit

Contact Information: Media Contact: Diana Walery Corporate Communications American River Bankshares 916-231-6717