Community West Bank Calls for Community Support for Fire Victims, Donates $25,000 to Thomas Fire Fund

12/08/17

Goleta, CA, December 8, 2017 — Community West Bank today pledged $25,000 to United Way of Ventura County’s Thomas Fire Fund to support those affected by the wildfires raging across Ventura County and near the Santa Barbara County line.

Together with the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, United Way has set up the Thomas Fire Fund.100% of the donations will support those who have been affected by the fires.Donations can be made by texting UWVC to 41444, online at www.vcunitedway.org or calling 805-485-6288.Checks may be sent to the United Way office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura CA 93003.

“We have many employees, customers, neighbors and friends who live and work in the communities affected by the Thomas Fire,” said Martin Plourd, Community West Bank President and CEO.“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have had their lives disrupted by this fire, and we thank the brave men and women fighting the fires.We encourage everyone to support the recovery effort in any way they can.”

About Community West Bank

Community West Bank is the largest publicly traded and only community bank headquartered and serving California’s Central Coast area of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties with seven full-service banking branch offices in Goleta, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura and Westlake Village and a loan production office in Paso Robles. Founded in 1989, Community West Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community West Bancshares (NASDAQ: CWBC), a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California. For more information, visit www.CommunityWestBank.com.

About United Way of Ventura County

In the aftermath of a disaster, United Way's Ventura County Volunteer Center will serve as an online, call, and walk-in center for spontaneous volunteers. The Volunteer Center will register volunteers and coordinate with the Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services to place them where they can do the most good for the community. 2-1-1 Ventura County will also be available 24/7 to register volunteers, answer questions, and connect those in need with the resources to help them.

About American Red Cross of Ventura County

After a disaster, the role of the Red Cross is to provide food, shelter, health services, financial assistance and other emergency needs for families affected by disaster until they can access more permanent aid provided by local, state and federal agencies. The Red Cross assists with long term recovery by coordinating services with other agencies such as The Salvation Army and United Way to help families affected by disasters.

About Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services

During and after an emergency, the Office of Emergency Services (OES) will coordinate response and recovery activities for Ventura County. OES staff will work with all County departments, United Way of Ventura County, the Red Cross, and other community civic groups to mobilize volunteers and direct them to the locations and organizations where they can do the most good during and after an emergency.

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