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

Founder of Bank Transfer Day Join Wauna Credit Union

Kristen Christian, the founder of Bank Transfer Day, joined Wauna Credit Union last week. She recently moved to Astoria, Oregon and, only two days after arriving, became a member of the credit union.

“I did my due diligence and Wauna Credit Union was the place for me,” said Christian while enjoying a piece of pie at her new credit union. “They are staying on top of technology.”

Bank Transfer Day began in 2011 when Christian decided she was fed up with fees at her big bank. “I called them and politely asked that they discontinue the new $5 a month fee, and they laughed at me,” she explains. “So I Googled ‘alternative to bank’ and when I learned about the Credit Union Movement, I cried!”

Christian started a Bank Transfer Day Facebook page and sent it out to her friends, asking them to join her by closing their accounts at big banks and switching to credit unions. The movement snowballed and only a few days later a reporter from the Village Voice started covering the story.

Now in its fourth year, Bank Transfer Day has seen more than a million people switch to become credit union members. 

Rivermark Whips up Dough for Doernbecher

Each year, Rivermark Community Credit Union partners with the Doernbecher Foundation and Safeway’s Clackamas Bread Plant to produce five-pound bags of cookie dough. All the ingredients are donated and all proceeds are donated to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

The five-pound bags are available in sugar cookie and chocolate chip varieties, with sugar going for $7/bag and chocolate chip for $9/bag.

Ordering is open through Thursday, December 4 on Rivermark’s website or by calling 800.452.8520.

NW Plus Helps Food Banks Meet Holiday Demand

With local food banks struggling to keep up with holiday demand, NW Plus Credit Union is stepping up to accept donations of food and money to keep the shelves stocked. Donations will be accepted through December 19, and will support Lynnwood Food Bank, Lake Stevens Food Bank, Volunteers of America Food Bank, Marysville Community Food Bank, Arlington Food Bank, Stanwood/Camano Island Food Bank and the Helping Hands Food Bank.

To help out those in need this winter, bring your food or monetary donations to any NW Plus Credit Union branch, or send cash donations to Attn: Food Bank Donation c/o NW Plus CU 2821 Hewitt Ave. Everett, WA 98201.

Northwest Community and Fred Meyer Employees Federal Complete Merger

The merger between Northwest Community Credit Union and Fred Meyer Employees Federal Credit Union (FMECU) is now complete. FMECU’s main office and Brooklyn-neighborhood branch now operate as Northwest Community Credit Union.

FMECU’s membership voted to approve the merger on May 29, 2014. Several former FMECU employees were retrained through the transition period, and Northwest Community has provided management support for FMECU since May.

“Northwest Community is pleased to be uniquely positioned to bring our financial strengths to partner with and help other credit unions,” said Northwest Community President and CEO John Iglesias. “Northwest Community merger activity begins as a conversation of mutual interest with both organizations’ boards of directors under the guidance of the National Credit Union Administration. The focus is on improving member services and ensuring regulatory compliance.”

FMECU members gain access to Northwest Community’s 19-branch network, serving members regionally in Portland, Oregon City, Albany, Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, Bend, Redmond, Roseburg, North Bend, Coos Bay, Grants Pass, and Medford locations. 

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, jpearson@nwcua.org.

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