News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

BECU to Brand 138 ATMs at Rite Aid Stores Throughout Washington

BECU has announced plans to add its name to 138 ATMs at Rite Aid stores in the Puget Sound area and across the state of Washington in 2014, creating one of the region’s largest branded ATM networks.

“One of our top member requests is to add more ATMs,” says Doug Marshall, BECU’s senior vice president of digital product management. “We are pleased to partner with Payment Alliance International (PAI) to expand convenient, surcharge-free ATM access to cash for our members” at Rite Aid stores statewide.

BECU is the largest non-government-employee credit union in the U.S. and the fourth-largest overall, with more than 825,000 members and more than $11.5 billion in assets. The credit union currently offers its members free access to approximately 200 company-owned-and-operated ATMs in Washington.

The new Rite Aid locations will bring the number of BECU-branded ATMs to more than 300 in the Puget Sound area, and to nearly 350 statewide. Marshall says the addition of the Rite Aid stores will allow BECU to reach more members in new and more-convenient locations, including the Olympic Peninsula to the west and Lynden and Bellingham to the north.

All of the new machines should all be in place by the end of the first quarter.

“BECU is not actively looking to expand beyond the Puget Sound area,” Marshall says. “But when we factored in the opportunity to add convenience for our members who do travel, coupled with the fact that the ATMs will be part of the COOP Network, it made sense for us to include all of the Rite Aid locations in Washington state.”

PAI operates one of the largest ATM networks in the U.S., with equipment at more than 60,000 retail locations across the country. That network includes approximately 1,500 Rite Aid locations nationwide. PAI will continue to own and operate the BECU-branded ATMs at the Washington Rite Aid stores.

BECU members will get surcharge-free access at the Rite Aid ATMs for cash-only transactions, Marshall says. In addition, they will continue to enjoy full access to nearly 30,000 ATMs nationwide that carry the CO-OP Network logo.

Gregory W. Mercer, PAI’s senior vice president, said BECU’s expansion into Rite Aid stores is an innovative way “to expand its footprint in Washington.”

“We are happy to help BECU increase member convenience,” Mercer says, and he invited other financial institutions interested in branded ATMs at Rite Aid stores to contact him at greg.mercer@gopai.com or 561.684.6252.

Peninsula Credit Union Donates $13,482.50 to Credit Unions for Kids

Credit union volunteers worked the phone lines during the Miracle Season telethon for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The event raised more than $151,000.

For the second year in a row, Peninsula Credit Union has surpassed its donation goal for Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, almost doubling 2012’s total with a $13,482.50 contribution for 2013.

Peninsula staff staged a variety of fundraising events in 2013, including jeans days, football contests and other activities. CO-OP Shared Branch, Digital Benefits, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Kitsap Chapter and other vendors than added matching funds.

Peninsula staff also participated in the 2013 Miracle Season telethon broadcast live in December on Seattle television station KOMO-TV. The show, which featured stories about Seattle Children’s Hospital patients, raised more than $151,000 for children and their families who do not have insurance or are unable to afford the cost of care.

“I have never had an employer that reached out in the community on so many levels,” says Kandice Clouatre, a Peninsula member service representative who participated in the telethon. “Being part of Credit Unions for Kids is so fulfilling, but last night enhanced that for me greatly. Hearing the heartwarming stories from each caller showed how much of an impact Seattle Children’s Hospital has had on our region. With each pledge came a different story, and with each story came mountains of gratitude.”

Two More Credit Unions Taking the Plunge for Special Olympics

Taking the Polar Plunge in 2013 for Oregonians Credit Union (from left): Krystal Dykes, Meghan McAllister, Michelle Bunnell and Melissa Anthony.

Staffers at Oregonians Credit Union got things started with their Frozen Assets, and now two more Portland-area credit unions have formed teams that will leap into the icy waters of the Columbia River on Saturday, Feb. 8, when Special Olympics stages the first of five Polar Plunges across Oregon.

The teams will make their splash around 11 a.m. at Broughton Beach off North Marine Drive in Portland, following a costume contest and other festivities. It’s a chilling idea, to be sure, but all for a good cause: Proceeds will help to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • The Frozen Assets, captained by Krystal Dykes, hopes to raise $1,500. Sam Launius, Oregonians’ executive vice president, says he’ll jump, too, if the team raises $2,000. You can help make that happen by donating to the team here.
  • Point West Credit Union’s Polar Bears, captained by Randy Majors, have set a $300 team goal. You can jump in and help them reach that goal here.
  • Sunset Credit Union’s Saving Your Assets, led by Erin Trump, has set a $600 fundraising goal. You can join their team or donate here.

Plungers will also make a splash in Eugene and Corvallis on Feb. 8, and there’ll be two more Polar Plunges, in Bend and Medford, on Feb. 15.

 

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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