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

By Brent Petrek

Advantis Credit Union Awards $50,000 in Grants

Advantis Credit Union announced the six nonprofit organizations that will receive $50,000 in grants from its GROW Community Fund. The announcement came on July 2 as a result of a public based selection process involving more than 37,000 votes gathered through Advantis’ Facebook page and website.

Advantis’ GROW Community Fund has contributed over $150,000 to local organizations since the program began in 2011. Here are this year’s winners and how their grants will make a difference in their communities:

  • Café au Play supports the barista training program providing free job skills training to local high school students.
  • North Clackamas Education Foundation willpurchase musical instruments to help provide all students with equal access to music education.
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art willfund the youth programming portion of the Time-Based Art Festival.
  • Rose Haven is now able to purchase paint and furnishings to refurbish thefacility supporting homeless and abused women and children.
  • The Pixie Project will build three permanent shelter kennels for dogs awaiting adoption. 
  • Trillium Family Services supports access to safe recreation for Trillium’s clients, including new basketball hoops and concrete sport courts.

“Supporting the communities we serve is an essential part of Advantis’ commitment to being a local credit union,” said Wendy Edwards, Advantis Credit Union’s senior vice president/chief administrative officer. “We share the same passion for these organizations that our members and communities do and we look forward to seeing how these projects have a positive impact.”

United Health Services Credit Union Opens New Branch

Spokane-based United Health Services Credit Union opened their new Spokane Valley branch on June 9. This new full service location is United Health Services’ third branch. The event was celebrated at a grand opening on June 27.

Featuring two drive-through lanes and a 24-hour drive-up ATM, the new branch is also a part of the CO-OP Shared Branch Network.

Cynthia Pace, VP of Marketing, was not only enthusiastic about the opening, but the future as well. “We are all very excited to be in the Spokane Valley and to provide a full service branch for both our members and the Valley community.”

Clackamas Federal Credit Union Raises $20,000 for Local Nonprofits

The Mount Hood Search and Rescue Council is one of the local non-profits receiving $10,000 checks from Clackamas Federal Credit Union.

Way to go Clackamites! With the help of its strong supportive members in an effort to give back to the community, Clackamas Federal Credit Union (Clackamas) has raised $20,000 in donations for two local non-profits dedicated to safeguarding the lives of Clackamas County residents. The Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council and A Safe Place Family Justice Center both will directly benefit from the total funds raised, which surpassed the original goal of $15,000 by more than 30%.

From mid-February through June, approximately $15 was added for every new loan for a total of $16,080 in donations. This amount was increased to $20,000 through member donations, a t-shirt fundraiser, an online photo contest and an added donation provided by Clackamas. In addition to supporting their community, members also benefitted from great rates on loans through the fundraising program.

“Our board of directors is committed to serving the people of Clackamas County,” said Mary Greco, CEO of Clackamas Federal Credit Union. “And we can’t say enough good things about the work these two local non-profits are doing for our community. We are thrilled that this donation will help both groups in their efforts to save lives.”

Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council offers training opportunities for volunteers and coordinates search and rescue programs in the Clackamas region. A Safe Place Family Justice Center provides a safe location where community partners work together to support victims of both domestic and sexual violence.

This incredible success will be celebrated on July 19, where Clackamas will present two $10,000 checks and give members the opportunity to speak with representatives from both nonprofits.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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