Sowing the Seeds for a Greener, Safer Space for Children



This month, over 30 bank team members joined with local parents and students on an early Saturday morning for a day of tree planting and community beautification at Trinity Street Elementary in South Los Angeles.

Trinity Street is a Title I school located in a deeply underserved, low-income area where gang activity in the neighborhood is not uncommon. In collaboration with Tree People, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and People for Parks, our tree planting initiative is part of the bank’s continuing efforts to create green and safe spaces within underprivileged communities.

In addition to the trees planted, our volunteers provided tree care, weeding, mulching and more to create a shaded reading garden for students that is open to the public afterschool and during weekends.

The space, which was previously overgrown with weeds, is now a flourishing garden thanks to the participants who came and worked together to build a community space. As a reflection of our bank’s commitment to community service, each tree was planted carefully and even named during a special naming ceremony, in which a few of the trees were respectively named “East”, “West”, and “Bank”.

Our visible and tangible efforts exemplify the bank’s dedication to uplift the community. The new reading garden will serve as a reminder of the impact we continuously make when we work together as a team and create positive change.