Spokane Credit Unions Unite for Habitat for Humanity Day

Six Spokane credit unions volunteered for Community Day at Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, August 1. Employees from United Health Services Credit Union, PrimeSource Credit Union, Global Credit Union, Horizon Credit Union, STCU, and Numerica Credit Union worked two shifts at the Deer Park Habitat Site where two houses are currently being completed. This event was especially important for the credit union crew as all their volunteer hours were donated to a fellow credit union employee who has recently been approved for a habitat home. 

Over thirty credit union employees with diverse levels of carpentry skills came together to tile floors, paint the home’s exteriors and install siding. Volunteers worked in two, four-hour shifts with some choosing to work all day.

“What started out as a way to collaborate and network among credit unions while giving back to the community ended up meaning so much more knowing that we were giving back to someone within our credit union family,” said Wendie Ellis of Numerica Credit Union. “Being able to put a face to a cause helps your connect better with the event and the community itself.”

While the houses being completed won’t be the one purchased by the credit union co-worker, the hours will go towards her required volunteer hours that must be completed before her house can be started.

Habitat homes are not given but purchased through a combination of volunteer hours donated and reduced pricing. With the belief that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live, Habitat families are selected using three factors: the family’s level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan through an affordable payment plan. Volunteers at the August 1 event were grateful to be able to donate their time to help a fellow employee achieve the dream of homeownership.

Community Day at Habitat for Humanity is just one way credit unions give back to their community. This volunteer event was set up by the Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions. 

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, jpearson@nwcua.org.

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