PASADENA, Calif., April 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- OneWest Bank, CIT's Southern California retail bank division, today announced the Turn Paper into Trees campaign in celebration of Earth Day. Between now and May 31, OneWest will plant a tree in California each time a customer signs up for eStatements, Online Banking, Bill Pay or Direct Deposit.1
"We're pleased to launch this initiative and invite our customers to join us in making a meaningful contribution to the communities where we live and work," said Heather Ellison, senior vice president of Retail Banking for OneWest Bank. "By going paperless and planting new trees, we can collectively make a substantial impact on the environment."
As part of the campaign, OneWest Bank is partnering with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reforestation. In 2017, OneWest and its parent company CIT launched its first interactive philanthropic partnership with One Tree Planted and garnered support to plant nearly 18,000 trees in California and Florida to restore forests affected by wildfires and hurricanes. Last year, CIT planted an additional 25,000 trees in California through a separate partnership with the organization.
According to One Tree Planted, California lost over one million acres to forest fires in 2017 alone. To sign up or find out more visit OneWest Bank or one of our branch locations across the Southern California area.
About OneWest Bank
OneWest Bank is committed to helping Southern California consumers and small businesses meet their financial goals by offering a variety of personal and small business banking and lending solutions. We are passionate about serving the Southern California community and are proud to invest in the neighborhoods where we live and work. OneWest Bank is a division of CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender), a subsidiary of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT). Founded in 1908, CIT Group Inc. has approximately $50 billion in assets. For more information, visit OneWestBank.com and follow us on Facebook.
1 Exact planting location based on discretion of partnering organization, One Tree Planted. A maximum of 15,000 trees will be planted during the campaign.
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