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

Red Canoe Employees Raise Record Breaking $20,000 for Relay for Life

Red Canoe Credit Union’s Relay for Life staff team raised over $20,000 for their local Relay event, making them the number one team fundraiser for Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Relay for Life. What makes this special for Red Canoe? The funds for their team were raised solely by credit union employees.

“Our staff has a heart of gold.” states David Spaulding, CEO at Red Canoe. “All of the money raised came directly from staff contributions and internal staff fund raising.”

Red Canoe is also a corporate advertising sponsor of the Relay for Life events benefitting the American Cancer Society. The ingenuity of the staff fundraising is what makes their team unique. The volunteer team fundraises throughout the year with different raffles and various fundraising events. This year, the volunteer committee hosted an employee appreciation night complete with a “Family Feud” style playoff challenge. Employees signed up to participate in “family” teams of 5 and faced off against each other.

The catch? They were allowed to solicit donations from fellow employees to get a jump start to the game. The team that raised the most money was advanced to the playoff round automatically. In all, the event, which included a large prize raffle, raised $6,000 in just one night.

Consolidated Community Credit Union Unveils New Brand and Flagship Branch

Consolidated Community Credit Union is raising the curtain on its new brand with the unveiling of its remodeled flagship branch. Located on the corner of NE 20th and Sandy, the branch is recognized as a landmark in Portland for the building’s unique roof structure and its triangular shape.

The Sandy location is the second branch to be opened or remodeled within the past 9 months for the credit union, with the Lloyd branch opening October 2014.

The objective of the remodel was to modernize the space, open up traffic flow and let as much natural light in as possible to the 5,000 square foot building. At the core of the branch is a technology center featuring iPads, iPhones and Android devices as well as large format touch screen TVs which encourage online banking, product research and act as educational hubs for teller/member interaction. 

“This is definitely not a typical financial institution. There are no red ropes cutting off traffic flow. This open environment is meant to speak to a younger, tech savvy demographic,” said Larry Ellifritz, President/CEO of Consolidated Community Credit Union. 

“We wanted to keep the unique roof not only for its recognizable, landmark quality but also because it functionally enabled us to do some unique things with the new design,” said Brian Mares, Principal with Scott Edwards Architecture, which led design on the project. 

Because the structure of the roof requires no columns, it has actually enabled the branch to have maximum open space. It also allows a skylight on top of the building and large windows to let in natural light. All lights are on daylight control system—the branch is able to dial up and down based on incoming natural light. The building was originally built in 1964.

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