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

Solarity Sees Surge in Mobile Deposits

Solarity Credit Union’s members are leveraging a new mobile deposit feature in big numbers. The Yakima, Washington-based credit union added a Mobile Deposit feature to its mobile banking app in mid-December 2013.

Solarity’s website invites members to “snap, send and spend,” and provides an instructional video on how to use mobile deposit.

“Members love the new addition to the mobile app and the number of items processed through this channel has increased every month since its introduction,” said Public Relations Officer  Amy Cziske. In May 2014 — just five months after the deposit feature was added, the credit union reports the number of deposits made through the app, equaled member deposits at a physical branch.

Solarity’s mobile banking app also offers bill pay services, fund transfers, transaction history, budgeting tools and an ATM finder. The mobile app works on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

OSU Federal’s Bonnie Humphrey-Anderson is a CU Times “Woman to Watch”

OSU Federal CFO Bonnie Humphrey-Anderson is the latest Northwest credit union executive to be honored as a “Woman to Watch” by the Credit Union Times.

Bonnie Humphrey-Anderson is on a mission in her role as EVP/CFO at Corvallis, Oregon-based OSU Federal. It is, she says, all about keeping “the credit union relevant in the future of our members and employees.”

Humphrey-Anderson’s story is told in the June 11 issue of Credit Union Times as she becomes the latest Northwest executive to be honored as a “Woman to Watch.” In an online video, Humphrey-Anderson shares her top three tips for first time leaders:

  • Understand employees are their best asset;
  • Say “yes” to projects so they’re learning and seen as change-leaders; and
  • Collaborate with their peers both inside their own credit unions and throughout the industry.

Providence Federal Credit Union Does More for Oso Mudslide Victims

Providence Federal Credit Union sold raffle tickets to staff and members for Disaster Preparedness Kits at both branches. Proceeds benefitted Oso Mudslide victims.

When the call to action was sounded by the Northwest Credit Union Foundation to raise money for victims of the Oso, Washington mudslide in late May, the credit union community quickly stepped up. Nationally and regionally, credit unions contributed more than $108,000 to the efforts. 

Providence Federal Credit Union (PFCU) quickly responded to the call and immediately contributed $1,000. However, the Portland-based credit union’s Community Impact Team felt more could be done.

Among strategies the team developed: disaster preparedness kits which included water, a fold stove, first aid supplies, canned goods, dried food and fire starting tools. Through a combination of raffle ticket sales and a credit union match, an additional $1,500 was raised.

“All in all, PFCU donated over $2,500 to the families who are still recovering from the mudslide,” said Shirley Cate, president and CEO. “We may be a small credit union, but we know we can make a big difference.”

Clackamas Federal Credit Union Cleans Up West Linn

A team of 16 volunteers from CFCU got into the trenches to help the West Linn community on “Take Care of West Linn Day.”

Volunteerism is in the credit union DNA. Because of their cooperative structure, credit unions attract employees who want to make a difference in their community, and Clackamas Federal Credit Union (CFCU) is no exception.

On June 9, a team of 16 volunteers from the credit union rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty to participate in the annual “Take Care of West Linn Day.”  This meant weeding, removing debris, planting flowers and spreading mulch at the West Linn City Hall and along Willamette Drive.

This marked the third year that CFCU’s volunteer army joined other community organizations in the cleanup event, organized by the West Linn Parks and Recreation Advisory board.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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