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Advantis Credit Union Kicks off $50,000 GROW Community Fund 

Grant applications are now being accepted for Advantis Credit Union’s fifth annual GROW Community Fund.  GROW is a $50,000 grant fund designed to provide nonprofit and service organizations with financial resources to address a wide range of needs and tackle challenges in the community, one project at a time.

Since 2011, the GROW Community Fund has provided $200,000 to local organizations and funded 27 projects throughout Portland including creating community gardens for elementary students, refurbishing a home for foster children and providing kitchen equipment to an organization that feeds elderly citizens in need. 

Local nonprofit and service organizations are invited to submit a grant application for any amount up to $10,000 at  Applications will be accepted online through June 12th.  A selection committee will narrow down and identify the projects that provide the most long term benefits to the community.  The public will then be invited to vote and determine which projects will receive grant funding.  Online voting will begin June 22nd and take place on Advantis’ Facebook page ( and the Advantis homepage ( 

Red Canoe’s Business Development Officer Wins Mentor of the Year

Bridget O’Connor, Red Canoe Credit Union’s Business Develop Officer, was recently recognized as the 2015 Mentor of the Year by Communities in Schools of Federal Way.  Bridget has mentored Janae, her mentee, for over four years—a commitment that goes much deeper than simply volunteering.     

“Janae is outgoing, funny, smart, beautiful—inside and out—and has infinite leadership potential. It’s incredibly rewarding to watch her mature and grow more confident with her talents. Some of the best fun I’ve had is watching her play against my daughter’s softball and basketball teams over the past 2 years,” stated O’Connor in her acceptance speech from the stage.

The Communities in Schools of Federal Way Mentor Program recruits volunteer mentors from the community and matches them with students in grades 5-12 based on key interests and other criteria. Mentors meet with students for 45-60 minutes per week at the student’s school during the school day. The primary goal of mentoring is to provide the student with support and encouragement. Last year, the program successfully matched 168 students with a caring adult mentor.

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