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

St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union Donates Computers to School

Michael Arthur (left), principal of Yankton Arthur Academy in St. Helens, thanks Jenne Brown and Jay Beatty of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union for the donation of nine desktop computers.

St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union has donated nine desktop computers to Yankton Arthur Academy in St. Helens. The new computers are intended to give the school additional resources and to provide the students with more opportunities.

“We’re all part of the same community,” says Ryann Conrad, the credit union’s vice president of marketing. “The credit union is committed to supporting children whenever we can. Arthur Academy needed computers, and we had the resources to help them out.”

Jenne Brown and Jay Beatty delivered the computers — each complete with monitor, keyboard and mouse — to the school. Principal Michael Arthur says students will begin using the new computers in the coming weeks, with teachers developing technology-based lesson plans to help enrich their students and supplement learning.

This donation, a quick response to the recent theft of computers from the free public charter school, is just the latest example of St. Helens Community’sdeep involvement in the community. In 2013, the credit union donated more than $25,000; much of that went to support programs for children and schools, which is the primary focus of its community giving efforts.

Horizon Credit Union Partners with Moses Lake High School for Series of Financial Field Trips

Moses Lake High School students are learning more about credit and money management this spring, thanks to a unique partnership with Horizon Credit Union.

“MLHS has been working with Horizon Credit Union’s ‘Financial Field Trip’ program for several years,” says math teacher and program champion Kristy Swartz. “Horizon Credit Union builds a lasting partnership by creating a positive connection with our students.”

That connection involves a series of field trips to the credit union, where students develop their financial literacy skills and see firsthand what cooperative financial institutions can do for them. Fifteen students will make their third and final trip to the Moses Lake branch on Wednesday, where they will share what they’ve learned and receive certificates of achievement for their efforts.

“This program continues to impact students with a needed message of financial literacy,” says Alissa Munoz, Horizon’s relationship development representative. “Equipping students with information early can help set them up for smart financial decisions that they are only a few months away from having to make.”

Horizon has partnered with the high school for six years, and Swartz says the results have been positive.

“Our kids know they are not alone in navigating their finances,” she says. “The students in this program have a level of confidence and understanding of finances which surpasses that of many adults.”

For more information about the program, contact Josh Allison, Horizon’s relationship development manager, at 509.928.6494 ext. 1048 or jallison@hzcu.org.

Point West Credit Union’s Bowlers Raise $3,000 for Credit Unions for Kids

Point West BowlingNearly 60 employees, members, friends, family and business partners helped Point West Credit Union raise almost $3,000 for Credit Unions for Kids at a community bowling event in southeast Portland earlier this month.

The event at AMF Pro 300 Lanes, which included a raffle and a silent auction, was organized by Point West staff with support from more than 50 local organizations and individuals, including Unitus Community Credit Union, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Auto Mentors, CUNA Mutual Group and many more.

“It is so incredible to see our staff, members and community come together and raise funds for such a wonderful and necessary cause,” says Amy Nelson, president and CEO at Point West. “It’s a testament to the culture of giving at Point West and the strong relationship our team has built with our members and member businesses.”

Point West has been a strong supporter of Credit Unions for Kids since its inception. Northwest credit unions started the program in 1986. Ten years later, it became credit unions’ national charity of choice and is now one of the most comprehensive fundraising vehicles for members of the credit union movement.

For more information on Credit Unions for Kids, or the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals it supports, visit cu4kids.org.

Oregonians Credit Union Opens New Branch in St. Johns; Emily Spall Named Branch Manager

Oregonians Credit Union has opened a new branch in the historic St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. The branch, which is located at 7825 N. Lombard St., includes a walk up CO-OP Network ATM and will be a CO-OP Shared Branch location.

The National Credit Union Administration granted Oregonians an underserved “investment area” charter expansion, allowing it to serve nine underserved census tracts in North Portland (including St. Johns), surrounding neighborhoods and the Rivergate Industrial District.

The new branch is the credit union’s eighth location.

Emily Spall has been named manager of the new branch. She has worked at Oregonians for more than 12 years, most recently as business development officer.

“We are so excited to be in such a welcoming and vibrant neighborhood,” Spall says. “This is an amazing community, and we look forward to becoming a true partner.”

NW Preferred Federal Credit Union Promotes Tracy Jones to Vice President of Operations/Branch Manager

NW Preferred Federal Credit Union has named Tracy Jones its vice president of operations and manager of the credit union’s Tigard branch.

“I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to leading the effort to serve our members and the greater insurance community in Oregon, Washington and Idaho,” Jones says.

Jones has been with NW Preferred since 1987 and has worked in financial services for almost 30 years. Most recently, she served as the credit union’s Stayton branch manager. She has been an active part of the local community, serving as a volunteer for numerous groups and organizations.

Jones recently was appointed to the board of directors of the Portland/NW Oregon chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. In 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce for her years of service to that community.

Questions about this story? Contact Gary M. Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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