December 2005

Contact: Jennifer Guess/Chris Davis (805) 687-3322

"Banking on Toys" for Hundreds of Youth from Santa Barbara & Goleta

Peoples' Self-Help Housing partners with Community West Bank to collect toys for the holidays

Santa Barbara & Goleta, CA—December 12, 2005: Now through Tuesday, December 20th, Individuals are invited to donate unwrapped, new toys to benefit over 300 children living in Peoples' Self-Help Housing residences in Goleta, Isla Vista, Storke Ranch, and Santa Barbara. Officer Rick Alvarado from the Santa Barbara Police Department, a community partner of Peoples' Self-Help Housing, recognized a need, and was the one to initiate coordination of this toy drive with Community West Bank. Donations may be dropped off at the following Community West Bank locations:

Goleta Branch: 5827 Hollister Avenue, Goleta
NEW Santa Barbara Branch: 1600 State Street, Santa Barbara
Community West Bank Corporate Offices: 445 Pine Avenue, Goleta
In addition to toys for small children, ages infant to 11 years old, individuals are encouraged to donate items appropriate for older chidren, ages 12-17 years old. Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) will provide a bus and a driver to transport the toys from the collection locations to the Peoples' Self-Help Housing property for distribution to the children.

Lynda Nahra, Community West Bank President and CEO commented, "Peoples' Self-Help Housing is a wonderful organization working to provide self-sufficiency for families through affordable housing in our community. We are proud to support their toy drive so that all of the children in their program receive gifts this holiday season."

"We are thankful that Officer Alvarado saw an opportunity with the children and our properties, and deeply appreciative of this generous gesture by Community West Bank," said Jeanette Duncan, Executive Director of Peoples' Self-Help Housing. "These toys will lighten the financial burden for our families, especially during the holidays. Peoples' Self-Help Housing is honored to partner with community leaders that are so committed to local philantrophy."

Company Overview—Peoples' Self-Help Housing
Peoples' Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit organization with 35 years of experience developing affordable housing and community facilities for low-income and special needs households. With over 1000 homes completed and over 1200 rental units developed, Peoples' Self-Help Housing continues to strengthen its repuation and leadership position as the premiere affordable housing and community developer on the Central Coast. Peoples' Self-Help Housing is committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods, building attractive, high quality housing and providing innovative community services, so their residents have every possible opportunity to succeed in life. The Peoples' Self-Help Housing website is at www.pshhc.org

Company Overview—Community West Bancshares
Community West Bancshares is a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California. The Company is the holding company for Community West Bank, formerly Goleta National Bank, which has two full-service branch offices, in Goleta and Ventura, and a loan production office in Santa Maria, California, which will be converted in May to a branch office. The principal business activities of the Company are Relationship banking, Mortgage lending, and SBA lending, with loans originating in California, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.