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

Global Gives Big for March of Dimes

Along with hundreds of others, employees of Global Credit Union participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies on April 25, 2015. In addition to being one of the local sponsors, Team Global raised over $8,200. Global currently is one of the top three corporate fundraisers for the event.

Led by co-captains Linda Crane and Morgan Brooks, Team Global consisted of 54 team members, which included employees, family members and friends, including four sets of twins. Team members, aged 18 months to 60+ years, participated in the three-mile March for Babies.

“I am so proud to have served as Team Global’s co-captain,” remarked Linda Crane, executive administrative assistant at Global HQ. “I participate in March for Babies because I have been blessed with three beautiful and healthy baby girls (two of which are twins!). I am so thankful for all the extra monitoring and testing that was done during my twin pregnancy to ensure that my girls came into this world healthy. I am thankful for the work and the research the March of Dimes is doing.”

“I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Global CU Family. I am amazed at the amount of participation from our team,” remarked Morgan Brooks, the other co-captain and administrative assistant at Global HQ. “I am super passionate about healthy pregnancies and healthy beginnings, I personally have benefited greatly from the research and resources that the March of Dimes provides. Because of my own experiences, it put a lot of emphasis on making sure we saw success and then some!”

Global President/CEO Jack Fallis, personally donated $10 for each employee who walked in this year’s March for Babies.

Over the last 13 years Global has raised over $33,950 for the March of Dimes cause. For more information about Global’s commitment to community programs please visit

St. Helens Community Opens Rainier Student Branch

St. Helens Community Credit Union celebrated the opening of its latest high school branch with a ribbon cutting celebration. School administrators, educators, students, as well as credit union staff and management attended the event. 

The Rainier Student Branch, staffed by five members of the credit union’s Student Teller Program, opened to an excited crowd on April 3, 2015. The new, student-run branch is located in the school’s commons area, features a tech bar for secure Online Banking logins, and more.

“This is a great learning tool,” said Brooke Van Vleet, President and CEO of St. Helens Community. “Thanks to the dedication of Tammy Paulson, the Rainier branch manager, we have an ongoing partnership with the school district. That partnership means our student tellers will earn money and gain valuable work experience that will last a lifetime. The rest of the students will learn the importance of saving, how to do their banking, and how to build good credit.”

Those who enjoyed the celebration included Superintendent Michael Carter, several members of the Rainier School Board and Chamber of Commerce, school faculty, as well as St. Helens Community employees.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be a student teller,” said Colton Verhoef, a senior at Rainier Junior/Senior High School. “I know I’ll learn a lot and I cannot wait to help my friends do their banking right here at school.” 

The St. Helens Community Student Teller Program is in its fourth year and already has student branches in Scappoose as well as St. Helens High School.

Point West Throws a $6,000 Strike for Credit Unions for Kids

CU4K Bowling

Nearly 75 credit union staff, members and supporters hit the lanes of the AMF Pro 300 Lanes to have fun and raise needed funds for Credit Unions for Kids. Thanks to the participants’ generosity, and support and donations from over 50 local businesses and credit unions, the event raised $6,000 for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

“The support of our local community cannot be overstated. We are humbled by the generosity of our local credit union friends and businesses,” said Amy Nelson, President & CEO of Point West Credit Union. “It was an amazing, family-fun event that brought real, tangible results back to our local children’s hospital.”

In addition to the bowling action, a raffle and silent auction with nearly 100 items were held with items donated by staff, members, local businesses and credit union partners. Point West would like to thank all of the sponsors and donors for the generous contributions.

Last year’s inaugural bowling event raised $3,000, and in total, Point West raised $7,500 in 2014 to benefit Credit Unions for Kids. For more information regarding the credit union’s community outreach and charitable giving, visit its Community Impact Map at

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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