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

Point West Unveils Award Winning Caring Tree

Point West Credit Union unveiled its annual Caring Tree recently, in partnership with Multnomah County Early Childhood Services. The tree is decorated with the gift requests of 50 local families in need, and the Point West community is dedicated to meeting those needs.

“The families working with Early Childhood Services are committed to creating stable, financial-sound homes,” said Amy Nelson, President and CEO at Point West. “We want to support and celebrate their efforts. Thanks to the generosity of our staff, members, volunteers and community, our Caring Tree recipients can have a little brighter holiday this year.”

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to pick a name or names from the tree and buy the indicated gifts to help these families enjoy a brighter holiday season. Point West also appreciates financial donations, with which it can buy gifts for the families.

Point West’s Caring Tree was recognized with a CUNA Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award this year at the NWCUA’s Amplify Convention. The program has supported over 1,000 local children and families since its inception over 20 years ago.

For those who wish to participate, unwrapped gifts can be returned to Point West at 718 NE 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232 by Monday, December 15.

For more information or additional questions regarding the Point West Caring Tree, please contact Mitch Beardsley at

Fibre Federal Pays Out Five Save-to-Winners

Fibre Federal recently surprised five lucky Save-to-Win account holders with $50 checks.

Leann O’Brien, one of the winners, said that she and her boyfriend opened their Save-to-Win account in April. “We have a really hard time saving because we play a lot,” said O’Brien, “we ride motorcycles and go camping.” She said they would often pull money out of other savings accounts to finance the next adventure.

They decided to open a Save-to-Win account — “never thinking we’d win” — because “it forces us to save.” And they agreed not to touch their savings in this account.

“I’ve never won anything,” said O’Brien. She said it was a great surprise, and that she invested the $50 right back into her Save-to-Win account. “And I bought a lottery ticket,” she joked.

“What an awesome credit union,” O’Brien said of Fibre Federal. She said they helped her and her boyfriend consolidate their accounts and get their finances in order. “They’re just amazing.”

In April when their Save-to-Win account matures, O’Brien and her boyfriend plan to roll it into another certificate account.

Gesa Invites Families to Carousel of Dreams

Gesa Credit Union and the Gesa Carousel of Dreams will host a family-friendly event to benefit 2nd Harvest of Tri-Cities and Toys for Tots. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10, 2014, from 3-7 p.m. at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901-F Southridge Blvd., in Kennewick, Washington.

The celebration will include complimentary arts and crafts, face painting, free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments, a photo booth and more. This event is free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy or two non-perishable food items. Otherwise, there will be a donation of $5 requested to enter. Admission includes a token for a free ride on the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. 

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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