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

Gesa Hosts Free ID Theft Recovery Seminars

Gesa Credit Union will provide its members with a blueprint for recovery from identity theft. The Richland, Washington-based credit union has scheduled three “Identity Theft: Road to Recovery” seminars this week. The seminars will be held at Gesa branches, including:

  • Tuesday, June 24th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 51 Gage Blvd., Richland, WA.
  • Wednesday, June 25th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 303 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA.
  • Thursday, June 26th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 1603 Penny Lane, Walla Walla, WA.

“Identity theft can cause extreme damage to your finances, credit history, and even your reputation,” said Gesa President and CEO, Don Miller.  “Our members came to us for guidance, and providing these free workshops is one of the many steps we have taken to help protect their financial futures.”
The seminars will provide members with step-by-step direction on the recovery process, techniques to successfully restore their identity, what to monitor if data has been compromised, and their consumer rights.

Advantis’ GROW Fund Online Voting ContinuesGrow Logo

Advantis Credit Union is again inviting the public to vote on which Portland-area nonprofits should receive grants from GROW, the credit union’s community fund.  A total of $50,000 is available, with grants of up to $10,000 possible.

Advantis selected 12 community projects for consideration, based on whether the projects will significantly benefit the local community, address immediate needs and/or assist a large number of people.

Voting is open online through 5:00 p.m. June 30.  Voters are allowed to cast ballots once every 24 hours. Results will be posted first on the credit union’s Facebook page July 1.

Nonprofit projects eligible for this year’s GROW vote include:

  • Bicycle Transportation Alliance – for purchase of 30 youth and adult bicycles and 200 helmets;
  • Café au Play-to support the Barista Training Program, providing free skills training for jobs;
  • Children’s Center-for equipment used to examine and collect evidence during child abuse physical exams;
  • Community Warehouse-for a grant to purchase donation bins for household goods benefiting “neighbors in need”;
  • GROW Portland-to support gardens for low income families in East Portland;
  • North Clackamas Education Foundation-to purchase musical instruments for low-income students;
  • Northeast Pilot Project-to purchase beds for elderly clients;
  • Pixie Project-to fund three permanent shelter kennels for dogs awaiting adoption;
  • Portland Fruit Tree Project-to fund events to gather fruit for 500 families in need;
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art-to fund the youth portion of the Time-Based Art Festival;
  • Rose Haven-to pay for paint and furnishings for the nonprofit’s hospitality, classroom and activity areas; and
  • Trillium Family Services-funding access to safe recreation for clients

Credit Unions Working Together

Duck RaceCollaborating under the title, “Credit Unions Working Together,” a cell of central Oregon credit unions is again supporting the “Great Drake Park Rotary Duck Race.  The annual event is organized by four Rotary Clubs and since 1989, has raised over one million dollars for local charities helping children and families in need.

The Duck Race is scheduled for Sunday, September 7 in Bend.  Participating credit unions include Mid Oregon, SELCO, OnPoint, Oregonians and First Community.  The credit unions have long collaborated with the Rotary Clubs to help promote the event, and received national recognition two years ago, winning a Dora Maxwell Award from CUNA.

As title sponsors, the cell will advertise the Duck Race with a billboard from July-September.

Prizes for the Duck Race this year include a $20,000 auto voucher.

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