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Chamber among top statewide nonprofit employers

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center recently was named to Oregon Business Magazine’s list of top 100 nonprofit organizations to work for in Oregon.

The chamber ranked 19th among 34 organizations with fewer than 20 employees.

More than 5,000 nonprofit workers statewide were asked to rate their satisfaction with their employer in five categories, including communication, mission and goals and career development.

Also recognized as top employers were:

Human Solutions, ranked 24th out of 33 organizations, with more than 50 employees.

The Ride Connection, No. 10 out of 33 nonprofits employing 20 to 49 workers.

And joining the chamber in the “small” category of organizations with fewer than 20 employees were Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camps (No. 6 out of 34), and Friends of the Columbia River Gorge (No. 7).

Fundraiser benefits high school football team

Gresham Ford recently raised $6,780 through Ford Motor Corporation’s Drive 4 UR School program, when more than 240 folks test drove a new vehicle to benefit Centennial High School’s football team.

Gresham Ford hosted the event Saturday, Sept. 22, donating $20 for every test drive taken to the football team for the purchase of uniforms and equipment.

The Drive 4 UR School Program, sponsored by Ford Motor Corporation, helps dealerships support their local schools. For the last five years, Gresham Ford has hosted test drive events twice a year, netting between $2,500 and $4,000 with each event. The September test drive day bested the dealership’s prior record of $4,700 raised in October 2011 for student organizations at Gresham High School.

For more information, call Gresham Ford at 503-665-0101.

Local banker receives masters degree

Riverview Community Bank Vice President Casey Ryan graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School on Friday, Aug. 31, in Seattle.

Pacific Coast Banking School has partnered with the University of Washington Graduate School of Business for 74 years to offer the three-year graduate level program.

Students spend two weeks each August as residents on campus, receiving classroom instruction designed for executive-level understanding of the banking industry. They also are required to author an original management thesis.