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NW Priority Makes Two-Wheeled Magic With Doernbecher

Many people remember a magical holiday morning when their parents opened a door to reveal a bow-topped bicycle shining in the cool December sun. This holiday season, NW Priority Credit Union and Auto Solution are making magic for the children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital with their annual bike drive.

Through December 15, for every car purchased through the NW Priority and Auto Solution, the credit union and broker will donate a bicycle to Doernbecher. Each bike will be tagged with the name of the member who made the purchase.

Doernbecher will have the final honor of surprising their young patients with a new bike for the holidays.

As of last week the credit union already had 20 bikes, with nearly a month left in the drive.

Solarity Prepares a Holiday Feast for Rod’s House

In November the departments of Solarity Credit Union united to prepare a home-cooked holiday feast for Rod’s House, a facility designed for homeless and at-risk youth in Yakima Valley. They made turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the other fixings of a delicious holiday meal.

The Solarity staff chose Rod’s House at the beginning of 2014 as its annual community project. Throughout the year they have focused substantial volunteering and fundraising efforts on the organization, raising thousands of dollars to help them maintain the facility.

Rod’s House was founded in 2009, after a 14-year-old girl walked into a Yakima non-profit agency called For A Better Tomorrow. She asked for rubber bands to keep her pant-legs out of the snow. She was pregnant, and as staff talked to her they learned that her mother was institutionalized for drug use, her father was dying of cancer, the baby’s father had left town, and she was homeless.

A group of community members realized that there were no services for homeless youth in Yakima, and they created Rod’s House. Now homeless and at-risk youth can drop into Rod’s House for showers, clean clothes, hot meals, and to learn life and job skills.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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