Serving up great burgers since construction began on the famous Lake Shasta Dam, Damburger of Redding, California is a beloved institution throughout the region. “Since 1938, we’ve been located in the heart of Redding and are proud that we have been serving generations of families the best food around,” says co-owner Juliet Malik.

While the restaurant has been serving great food through a World War, historic recessions and massive wildfires, the impact of the pandemic has presented Malik and co-owner Nell Cox with a host of challenges. “COVID obviously restricted the way we operated like never before,” says Cox. “It’s been so stressful, and we still deal with employee shortages due to people being out sick.”

Giving back to the community that has supported the business for so many decades is even more important today to both Malik and Cox as the pandemic’s impact wains. Joining forces with Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project provides them with the perfect opportunity for them to give back to those who need it most. As a Pass It On Partner, Damburger is providing gift cards to a local non-profit and Columbia Bank is covering the tab. “We are so happy to be able to join forces with Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project,” says Malik. “We are providing gift cards to One Safe Place, a local nonprofit that supports women and families in difficult circumstances.”