A friendly competition involving three Mount Shasta banks this summer resulted in a large donation to support the new Boys & Girls Club of the Siskiyous.

Together, the Mount Shasta branches of Scott Valley Bank, Banner Bank, and Tri Counties Bank raised more than $12,000 to support the Mount Shasta-based nonprofit, according to a press release.

Of the total amount raised, Scott Valley Bank reported that it collected $6,705 from customer donations and $2,500 in matching funds from the bank.

“Our entire staff was behind this fundraiser all the way,” states SVB Mount Shasta Branch Services Manager Karley Buhl in the release. “We realize that the children we are supporting are the future of our community. What could be better than investing in the future of these wonderful little people? We believe in our motto of ‘Locals helping Locals’ and strive to be a part of the growth within our neighborhoods. We are so happy to have this chapter of the Boys & Girls Club opening here in our own backyard.”

All funds will be pooled and contributed toward the club’s startup costs, according to the release.

Boys & Girls Club of America says it serves nearly four million youths annually in more than 4,000 local clubs.

The nonprofit’s mission is, “to enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

The local club hopes to serve 100 children in grades 1-8 this summer. All of the club’s programs will be affordable, and no child will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Programming is tailored to each community’s club, and activities can include sports and recreation, education, the arts, health and wellness, career development, and character and leadership development.

For more information, visit http://bgcredwoods.org/bgcsiskiyous.