“People Helping People” Heart Shines on International Credit Union Day

The team from Gesa Credit Union delivered school supplies for students at public schools in the communities they serve.

All over Oregon and Washington on October 15, Northwest credit unions celebrated International Credit Union Day the way they do best—by serving their members and communities.

From volunteering at local community organizations to raising money for the lifesaving work of regional children’s hospitals, the credit unions of Oregon and Washington showed the true heart of credit unions—People Helping People.

Here are just a few examples of Northwest credit unions’ ICU Day celebrations:

  • USAgencies Credit Union, which won the Association’s ICU Day Contest, partnered with JOIN, a local non-profit that serves homeless people, to collect socks that their clients badly need, as well as cash donations, which the credit union is matching up to $1,000. They also planned a day of service, where their staff will volunteer at JOIN’s day center to help sort donations, paint, etc.
  • St. Helens Community Credit Union began the day by buying free coffee for customers at Dutch Bros., then surprised a group of high school students by buying them lunch. Then they found a late lunch crowd at Hometown Pizza and gave them a free buffet.
  • Gesa Credit Union’s CEO started the day by serving up free Krispy Kremes, as his team spread out across the communities they serve to deliver school supplies for students at public schools and clean and winterize a shelter for homeless teens (even changing the light bulbs to save on electricity costs).
  • STCU hosted a community shred day with KHQ News, safely disposing of 147 tons of sensitive documents for community members.
  • Clackamas Federal Credit Union employees volunteered their time at Clackamas Service Center, a local organization helping people overcome poverty. They sorted donated clothes, cleaned the kitchen and dining room, and even helped clean up the neighborhood.
  • Oregon Community Credit Union encouraged members to donate to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital.
  • Unitus Community Credit Union, OnPoint Community Credit Union, and Rivermark Community Credit Union participated in Shop for Miracles, donating money to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each time a member used their credit union debit and credit cards.
  • Mint Valley Federal Credit Union offered members refreshments and treats in their branch.

Even Washington Governor Jay Inslee got in on the action, signing a proclamation to declare October 15 International Credit Union Day. The proclamation recognizes credit unions for their not-for-profit, cooperative structure, their people helping people philosophy, their empowerment of members, their service to those in need, and their leadership in their communities. In the proclamation, Inslee urges “all people in our state to join me in this special observance.”

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

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