Oso Response: Northwest Credit Unions Mobilize After Catastrophic Mudslide

On a Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, an entire hillside collapsed 4 miles east of Oso, Washington. Forty-three people perished in a mudslide that left more than $10 million in damage. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation in addition to individual credit unions in Washington and Oregon quickly mobilized to aid survivors.

By mid-April, credit unions contributed more than $108,300 for housing, supplies and other critical needs.

Of that, more than $65,600 in donations came through the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s #530 Mudslide Fund.

“The support and leadership of credit unions has been inspiring,” says Troy Stang, NWCUA President and CEO. “Not only did they write checks, but they also reached out with a ‘people helping people’ message that resonated deeply with their members.

Individual credit unions found creative ways to give. TwinStar Credit Union employees raised money by asking members to pay for parking at the credit union’s corporate offices in Lacy. At Newrizons Federal Credit Union employees sold cookies and raffle tickets. At Our Community Credit Union, staff joined local firefighters and police in collecting donations and much-needed supplies and also donated to the #530 Mudslide Fund. BECU and Gesa Credit Union announced programs matching employee or community member donations.

The credit unions of Oregon and Washington not only improve their members’ lives, they are foundational to the entire Northwest economy. Learn more here.

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