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

NW Priority Raises Over $10k for Muscular Dystrophy

For four years running, NW Priority Credit Union has teamed with its local National Association of Letter Carriers branch to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). This year they took their fundraising to a new level.

This year, with a goal of $8,000, they have raised over $10,000. “We are not a large credit union by any means, so this feat has been quite magical for us,” said Michael Murdoch, marketing specialist for the credit union.

NW Priority CEO Mark Turnham noted the teamwork and friendly competition of his staff. “Friendly contests arose, unprompted by managers,” he said, “as well as advice and words of encouragement between branches and in the end, we reached our numbers this year by remaining upbeat and compassionate in our support of the MDA.”

Lower Valley Celebrates New Headquarters Grand Opening

Today Lower Valley Credit Union (LVCU) celebrates the grand opening of its new headquarters and main branch in Sunnyside, Washington. The development, which broke ground in August of 2013, is the latest move in an expansion plan that reflects a decade of consistent growth.

“This project has been met with remarkable anticipation on all fronts,” said Suzy Fonseca, president and CEO of LVCU. “We purchased our original location in 1988, with five employees and an asset size of $3 million. We now have more than $80 million and 20 employees under the same, slightly altered roof.”

The new facility, which will serve as corporate office and main branch for the credit union, features an Internet hub, a “Kid Zone” focused on financial education, a multi-purpose conference room available for community meetings, and more.

“We focused our attention in three areas: paying homage to our history, the importance of our membership, and our agricultural roots that tie our valley together,” Fonseca said of the building’s design.

Tuesday’s grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at the new building with a flag, founders’ monument and building dedication, ribbon-cutting, tours, and special cash giveaways. Wednesday, October 29, is “Youth Day.” LVCU will waive the $5 deposit required to open a savings account, award a lunch bag or thermos for each new account opened, and continue its prizes and cash giveaways. Youth can enter to win a bicycle at each branch until 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Festivities continue on Thursday with complementary hot dogs, chips, and pop, face painting, and cash giveaways. Halloween caps the week of events with numerous winners drawn at 4 p.m. for prizes including VISA cards, an iPad Mini and a new ATV.

“This building and all the accomplishments that it represents over the last 62 years, truly belong to our membership and the communities that we serve,” Fonseca concluded.

Maps Awards $1,000 for Affordable Childcare Idea

Maps Credit Union named the Community Action Agency’s Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) of Marion, Polk & Yamhill Counties the winner of its 2014 Maps Community Foundation’s Community Challenge Award. The honor includes a $1,000 windfall and the chance to work with the Maps Community Foundation to select a local nonprofit to receive another $1,000 donation.

This year’s competition focused on the finding solutions to help increase access to affordable, high-quality child care for working parents in Maps Credit Union’s service areas, a topic selected through voting on the credit union’s Facebook page.

CCR&R chose Catholic Community Service to receive the $1,000 donation. CCR&R will put their $1,000 award toward the setup costs associated with the Child Care Finder app.

CCR&R’s winning idea was to integrate the Kids Matter Child Care Finder app into the slate of services CCR&R offers to local families seeking child care. The app contains information about local child care providers as well as information on how to select a high-quality provider that parents can access at no charge 24/7 using an iOS or Android Smartphone. No child care referral agency in Oregon is currently using the app.

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