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

Wauna Credit Union Matching Member & Public Donations to NW Wildfire Relief Fund

Wauna Credit Union is currently matching total donations up to $5,000 made by its members and the public through September 30, 2015, in support of the emergency personnel and victims of the NW wildfires. All donations received will be provided to the NW Wildfires Relief Fund, per the Red Cross.

“The staff and volunteer, member-elected officials of Wauna Credit Union want to support the emergency services heroes who are putting their lives on the line, and the victims who are suffering so deeply due to displacement and loss of property,” reports Wauna spokesperson, Mike Chapman, Vice President-Marketing.

“The need is immediate,” says Chapman, “so we have established an in-person donation fund at our seven branches, plus a secured, online donation option on our website and Facebook pages.” Both options offer donation receipts for tax-reporting. Donors have the option to designate their donation to the John Day complex fire in Oregon, the Chelan complex fire in Washington, or to a fund that supports all NW wildfire victims. “Most importantly, one-hundred percent of all donations will be forwarded to the appropriate Red Cross chapter,” says Chapman.

Please contact Wauna Credit Union for more details: 800.773.3236,

Solarity Employees Donate to Help Wildfire Victims

As wildfires continue to burn in Washington and Oregon, Solarity Credit Union employees are taking action by donating their money to help the victims.

During this difficult time Solarity understands the need to support their members and the affected community. Solarity employees have donated $1,745 to aid the wildfire victims in our region and Solarity has matched their employees’ contributions with a combined donation of $3,490. The funds will be distributed through the American Red Cross to ensure immediate relief to those affected.

Solarity employees continue to show that they are committed to serving the needs of their community. Employees demonstrate this commitment throughout the year by fundraising and volunteering. In 2014, Solarity employees volunteered over 1,000 hours of their time and donated over $11,000 to their Employee Community Partner, Rod’s House. This focus and dedication by Solarity employees is benefiting their members and the communities they serve.

Solarity Credit Union and their employees will continue to strive to make positive things happen for their members and the community. For more information regarding Solarity’s involvement in the community visit their website at

Cheney Federal Launches New Logo, Brand

Cheney Federal Credit Union (CFCU) on Monday launched a fresh new brand and logo that emphasize their unique role as the only financial institution exclusively serving the West Plains area.

JoAn Sanders, CEO of CFCU, states, “The new brand emphasizes our long-standing tradition of excellent member service and friendliness. The logo is changing, but our commitment to our members remains the same.”

It is CFCU’s mission to offer members financial services that fulfill their needs, service that exceeds their expectations, and relationships that inspire their trust. By treating members like friends and family, lasting relationships will be built.

CFCU partnered with Mary Lefkowski, owner of Fusion Design, to develop and create the new logo. According to Mary, “Cheney Federal Credit Union approached their new branding design with a very open mind. All of the initial design concepts, including some out of the box ideas, seemed to evoke passion within the company. It was exciting to see how two very different logo design ideas, when fused together, became a favorite and truly came to define what Cheney Federal Credit Union is.”

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