Pierce County Chapter Launches Website Using Foundation Grant

The Pierce County Chapter of Credit Unions (PCCCU) has used funds from a Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) grant to build and launch a dedicated website to serve as a resource for the chapter’s credit unions.

The website can be found at www.piercecountychapter.org and includes such features as a calendar of events, chapter news and information about the chapter’s credit unions.

“The PCCCU board had been tossing the idea around since 2010,” said Kelly Haag, president of the PCCCU board and employee development consultant at BECU. “We didn’t move forward because of a pretty severe lack in resources. This year, we had some great brainstorming sessions, and with the help of the Washington Credit Union Foundation and some pretty talented web designers, we were able to finally move forward. The WCUF provided us with a grant to help fund the project.”

The chapter was awarded a community outreach grant for $1,000 from the NWCUF, which was formed on Jan. 1 through the merger of the Oregon Credit Union Foundation and the WCUF.

The new site says that the chapter’s mission is “to promote interest and cooperation between credit unions and credit union members within the chapter area.” To that end, Haag said that the board sees the site as a tool to continue to strengthen and deepen connections within the chapter.

“We felt that providing an easier way to connect with chapter members would encourage more people to participate,” Haag said. “We also felt that one of the first places people go to check out an organization is on the web. We wanted an opportunity to self-advocate for our chapter, as well as provide a space to share with others what we do and who we are.”

The new site is also expected to help the Pierce County Chapter in its philanthropic efforts.

“One of our main goals is to raise funds for a selected charity every year,” Haag said. “This year we have chosen to focus our efforts on Washington Business Week. We felt that having a user-friendly and updated site would increase our visibility, therefore helping us raise more money for the organization.”

Design for the site was done by Vanessa Henry of Vanessa Henry Graphic Design, a Tacoma, Wash.,-based graphic design firm.

“What was most important to us is that the site was set up so that members of the board could update it and maintain it themselves,” Haag said. “We wanted to be self-reliant and be able to move quickly if something needed to be communicated. Vanessa was an absolute dream of a partner.”

Haag emphasized the importance of the Foundation grant in helping the chapter move forward with its vision, saying there was “no way we would have had the quality, nor the efficiency, without those funds. It would have taken literally years to save up the money to move this project forward, so for that we are extremely grateful for the Foundation’s assistance.”

The Foundation works to benefit credit unions of the Northwest through a variety of programs, including grants and scholarships ranging from individual professional development scholarships to grants for credit unions of all sizes. Applications and additional information can be found on the Foundation’s website.

 

Questions or comments about the Northwest Credit Union Association’s chapter program should be directed to Director of Outreach Programs Kasey Rockwell: 503.350.2217, krockwell@nwcua.org.

Questions or comments about Foundation grants and scholarships should be directed to Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston: 206.340.4814, jalston@nwcua.org.

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