In small towns such as Clatskanie, the spirit of teamwork is a big thing. The relationship between Umpqua Bank and the Clatskanie Boosters is proof of that.
Every Friday during fall football season, the staff at Umpqua Bank shows their hometown spirit by wearing Clatskanie Tigers sportswear. “Tiger Pride” Fridays are a decade-old tradition that stems from when bank manager Monica Hastings’ son was an athlete and her daughter was a cheerleader.
Hastings compared football and banking, saying in both you have to keep your eye on the ball and rely on teamwork for the win. That’s part of mentality behind Umpqua providing for each employee to volunteer for 40 hours a year in the community. You’ll find them doing all sorts of good around town, supporting the arts, athletics, serving on boards and more.
On its recent customer/community appreciation day, Umpqua called on the Boosters to run the grill and feed visitors, something they have perfected over the years of snack-shack duty at sporting events. The Boosters received a $100 donation from Umpqua Bank for their expertise that afternoon. It should be noted though that Umpqua staff is no strangers to working the big games and other community events. They can be seen at senior night giving away goodies or donating water at the car shows.
Hastings says the Boosters are the real stars of the show, running the snack shacks, supporting the teams at home and on the road (and feeding them, a huge task), devoting personal time to benefit young people, and literally boosting the spirits of athletes and fans alike. The Clatskanie Boosters have executed a nearly endless list of fundraising projects to improve on the athletic experience for the town’s youth sports enthusiasts.
“There’s always that extra need for financial support for sports that is above and beyond the basics,” the former sports-mom Hastings said. She emphasized the importance of a family-like network for student athletes, propelling each player to success regardless of their social standing or life challenges.
“The Boosters make sure that they feed those kids well on Fridays before they send them out to those games,” she said. “It’s personal care.”
Hastings said it’s not just about sending the teams out to win for us, pitching in with the Boosters promotes safety and integrity and community. She urged those who might be considering helping to connect with the Boosters or the athletics department.