Autoland Awards $2,000 Grant to Credit Union-Sponsored Charity

Autoland Inc., the nation’s largest credit union auto-buying service, has awarded its second-quarter charitable grant of $2,000 to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, which was nominated by Portland, Ore.,-based Advantis Credit Union. Founded in 1923, the Sunshine Division provides emergency food and clothing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to those in need in the Portland community.

The Sunshine Division joins Van Nuys, Calif.,-based ONEgeneration, the recipient of Autoland’s first-quarter charitable grant.

“Both of these worthwhile organizations work hard to better the lives of those they serve in their community,” said Autoland President Jeff Martin. “It’s a mission shared by credit unions, and in a challenged economy where public and private donations are often reduced, it’s particularly important to support organizations like these. We’re glad to do our part.”

This December, the Sunshine Division will apply its grant monies towards its annual holiday food program, which strives to deliver 3,500 holiday meals to Portland families.

“What makes this program so special is that it involves hundreds of volunteers, food organizations and members of the Portland Police Bureau working together to make the holidays a little better for local residents,” said Tim Clouse, vice president of information technology at Advantis. “Advantis has been an avid supporter of the Sunshine Division for over 30 years, and our employees are regular volunteers of this great organization that turns away no one in need.”

Credit unions interested in nominating a local charity for Autoland’s third- and fourth-quarter grants can access the application and more details about the program in the resources section of Autoland’s website.

A charity may also complete an application on its own behalf. To be eligible for a grant, a charitable organization must have a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) status and be located in California, Oregon, Washington or Nevada. Interested parties can contact Marcia Francisco at 800.234.6999, ext. 4427, for more details.

Founded in 1971, Autoland is the auto-buying resource of choice for more than 200 credit unions nationwide, representing more than 8 million credit union members. Autoland’s value proposition is to drive high-quality, direct loans for its credit union partners while providing excellent member service and innovative, proactive marketing solutions to support the credit union’s lending goals. Autoland helps members make educated auto-buying decisions and promotes the credit unions’ financing. Providing advanced online tools, concierge car-buying services for both new and pre-owned vehicles, a convenient trade-in process, and a commitment to personalized service, Autoland has delivered more than $1.5 billion worth of vehicles to credit union members in the last decade. Autoland is held by CU Vehicles, LLC., a collaborative credit union service organization (CUSO).


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