Members in the News

Columbia Credit Union Partners with Nonprofits to Raise Over $2.9 Million

Columbia Credit Union is dedicated to making life better in Southwest Washington. The credit union worked with numerous local nonprofit organizations to log more than 1,200 hours of service and raise more than $2.9 million to benefit the community in 2011.

“Columbia’s philanthropy serves a wide span of needs, including health, the hungry, education, business and animal welfare,” said Columbia Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Laurie Kusch. “In 2011, we strengthened our commitment with increased financial contributions and staff volunteering.”

As a result, members of Columbia’s management team average more than 100 volunteer hours per month serving variety of causes. In recognition of these efforts, Columbia was awarded the 2011 Nonprofit Excellence Award for Corporate Community Support by the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington.

“We were impressed with Columbia Credit Union’s significant reach across the community, touching many organizations with a commitment of time and financial resources,” said Jeanne Kojis, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington.

In addition to community support, financial education comprises a large portion of Columbia’s commitment. Financial workshops are free and open to the public on topics such as budgeting, basic retirement, estate planning, home buying, identity theft and more. Columbia is also the only financial institution in the area offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, teaching people how to get out of debt and build wealth.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Returns as Title Sponsor of Bend WinterFest

OnPoint Community Credit Union, the largest credit union in Oregon, will serve as the title sponsor of the 13th-annual OnPoint Bend WinterFest held Feb. 16-19 in Bend, Ore. This year’s WinterFest features exciting new events, including the Snow Warriors run—a 2K obstacle course through mud, snow, and ice in the Old Mill District. Attendees will experience live music, ski and snowboard competitions, and a food and art marketplace with a new children’s snow play area that includes a life-size igloo.

A portion of this year’s OnPoint Bend WinterFest button sales will be donated to Saving Grace, a local nonprofit that provides services to victims of domestic violence.

“The Bend WinterFest is a great event that brings together both Central Oregon businesses and the community to celebrate the culture and winter activities that Bend has to offer,” said Rob Stuart, OnPoint’s president and CEO. “OnPoint is proud to once again be the title sponsor, and we are pleased that a portion of the WinterFest button sales support a nonprofit like Saving Grace.”

Mid Oregon Federal Credit Union Reaches Lending Milestone

Mid Oregon Federal Credit Union announced that it has again reached the $100 million mark in loans. According CEO and President Bill Anderson, with 22,000 members in Central Oregon, the credit union seems to mirror the local economy.

“The economy in Central Oregon had slowed down,” Anderson said. “People are stressed; things are starting to improve a little bit, and we had also made some adjustments to our products to respond to what people need, and we had seen a slight decrease in lending. But we’ve seen in the past few months that that has turned around.”

Anderson said that Mid Oregon is seeing increased demand for short-term “mortgage accelerator” loans designed for homeowners who owe less than $100,000 on their home. The accelerator loan has lower fees and is designed to help homeowners pay off their mortgage faster.

Maps Credit Union Sponsors Two Young Gardeners

Maps Credit Union held a drawing in its Silverton branch to send two local students through the Oregon Garden’s Junior Gardener Club, allowing two young winners to attend the year-long program at no cost.

“A well-rounded education is so valuable to a child,” said Vice President of Development Jill Nowacki, “and the Oregon Garden’s Junior Gardener Club does a great integrating science, art, physical education and other curriculum areas in real gardening activities. When students are able to apply what they have learned outside of school, it really helps them see the importance of their schoolwork and how to make connections among the things they learn.”

Because of its history as a teacher’s credit union, Maps focuses its sponsorships on programs that provide educational value to children and adults and those projects that provide asset-building opportunities to the community.

The Junior Gardener’s Club includes a one-year membership to the Oregon Garden for a child age 5–10 and the adult who accompanies them as well as admission to 11 special gardening activities each year.

Roll the Dice at Willamette Chapter Casino Night

The Willamette Chapter of Credit Unions and the March of Dimes are joining forces to host their second-annual Casino Night on Feb. 15. The fundraising event will be held at Oregon Community Credit Union (2880 Chad Drive, Eugene, OR 97408).

The Casino Night will kick off with dinner, drinks and registration beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $22, which includes dinner, a pair of drink tickets and an evening of fun, luck and chance. The gambling tables will close 8:30 p.m., with prizes awarded shortly thereafter.

Oregon Community Credit Union Employee Honored for Human Rights Project

Toni Gyatso was honored during a special awards ceremony at the 2012 State of the City Address event Jan. 5, 2012. She was recognized for her work on the Human Rights Listening Project, a seven-month intensive project to identify the views of community members on the current status of human rights in an effort to improve and redefine Eugene’s human rights practices. Gyatso is currently serving as the Chair of Eugene’s Human Rights Commission. She has been with the credit union since 2001 and was recently promoted to Process Improvement Coordinator.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Now Offers Members Comprehensive Insurance Services

OnPoint Community Credit Union has announced that it will add insurance products to the extensive list of financial services that it offers to members. OnPoint Insurance Services now offers customized auto, property, business, life and other insurance plans.

“OnPoint is committed to providing a full line of financial services, and we’re proud to now offer members insurance products for both their business and personal needs,” said OnPoint’s President and CEO Rob Stuart. “OnPoint Insurance Services will help save time and money and allow our members to be served by an institution that they know and trust.”

Members can receive a free quote from OnPoint Insurance Services for plans tailored to their specific needs by visiting or by calling 800.523.3068.

Clackamas Federal’s Oregon City Branch Receives Facelift

Bremik Construction recently completed a remodel of a Clackamas Federal Credit Union branch in Oregon City. Vinyl siding was replaced with cedar siding and stucco, a new roof was installed, and a clerestory vestibule and canopy were added. The building’s entire interior, except for the entrance kiosk and lobby, was remodeled. Design work for the project was handled by Miles Design Group and David Rodeback Architect.


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