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

Spokane Federal Named One of Nation’s Best Credit Unions to Work For

Spokane Federal Credit Union was honored by the Credit Union Journal as one of the best credit unions to work for in America. “The value we place on service to our members is a direct reflection of the value we place on our employees,” said Charlotte Nemec, Vice President of Administration at Spokane Federal.

From the Journal:

With a committee dedicated to planning events and programs so employees feel appreciated, Spokane Federal Credit Union regularly holds staff events at its branches and outside locations. And in order to better understand the thoughts and concerns of employees, every month a meeting is held for all 46 employees.”

“At our Management Breakfast, for example, the management team cooks breakfast for everyone,” said Spokane Federal CU Human Resources Director Megan Shover. “There is also an employee BBQ and potluck dinners.”

Spokane Federal CU budgets an allowance for travel and conference expenses, which allows selected management and non-management employees to attend industry specific and job specific conferences, workshops and training events.

“We’ve had five staff members who have been thru NWCUA’s Emerging Leaders program in 2014 and 2015. We’ve sponsored three members of our Executive Management team who have graduated from CUNA Management School,” said Shover. “Spokane Federal CU provides the time away from the office, as well as financial support, when needed, for all of these activities. When it’s important to those individuals, it’s important to the credit union too and it’s a win for everyone!”

When they got the news, Spokane Federal’s executive team threw a Hollywood-themed party for the staff, complete with red carpet interviews, a VIP photo booth, and five-star dining.

Industrial CU’s Food Truck Round Up Raises Over $16,000 for Whatcom County Food Banks

Industrial Credit Union held its 3rd Annual Food Truck Round Up on September 26, 2015 to benefit Whatcom County Food Banks. The event featured over 20 local food trucks, a beer garden serving Kulshan Brewing Co., and live music performed by SpaceBand. The event was proudly presented for a second year in a row by Ben Kinney and Keller Williams Realty.

The Roundup raised more than $16,000 that will be divided between 12 Whatcom County food banks.

The Food Truck Round Up was the kick-off event for the 21st Annual Feed the Need Community Food Drive, coming October 12th through 16th. The overall donation goal for Feed the Need is 300,000 pounds of food – or an equivalent of $150,000. Feed the Need is the largest food drive in Whatcom County and the contributions from this effort are heavily relied upon by the 1 in 5 Whatcom County households regularly using a food bank. Cash and food donations can be made October 12th – 16th at all Whatcom County Industrial Credit Union, Haggen Food & Pharmacy and Community Food Co-Op locations.

The Food Truck Round Up was made possible by the generous support of Ben Kinney and Keller Williams Realty, Lithtex NW Printing Solutions, Kulshan Brewing Co., Ideation Design Group, Star Rentals, Rice Insurance and many other local businesses.

St. Helens Community Donates Wagons Filled with Toys

St. Helens Community Credit Union employees happily spent part of their Columbus Day all-staff meeting assembling 10 wagons and filling them with toys for the annual Toy N Joy campaign. Columbia River Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Jay Tappan was on hand to accept the wagons.

Building the wagons, as well as filling those wagons with toys, is part of the credit union’s ongoing commitment to the community.

The Toy N Joy campaign has helped bring toys, joy, and food baskets to thousands of families and children during its 33-year history. With help from local businesses and volunteers, that number will continue to grow as more people get involved with the local charity.

“Everyone at St. Helens Community enjoys giving back to the community,” stated Brooke Van Vleet, President and CEO of St. Helens Community. “It was a special honor to have Jay Tappan come to our all-staff meeting to pick up the wagons and thank the employees for all of their hard work.”

In addition to his duties as Fire Chief, Tappan is also the Toy N Joy Auction Committee Chairman. During the event, Tappan stated the toys would be enjoyed by children throughout the Columbia River Fire & Rescue district. That district spans from Rainier to Warren.

“We were thrilled to receive so much support for the Toy N Joy campaign,” stated Jay Tappan, Columbia River Fire & Rescue Chief. “This contribution is much appreciated.”

Consolidated Community to Open New Branch in Northwest Portland

Consolidated Community Credit Union is set to open a new/remodeled Northwest Portland Branch in February. The 1,350 square foot branch will be located in the newly developed Slabtown Marketplace Building next to the highly anticipated New Seasons. This is the third new/remodeled branch opened by the Credit Union in the past 15 months. In August CCCU reopened the Northeast Portland Branch located on NE Sandy after a complete remodel and in October 2014 it opened a new branch in the Lloyd District on NE 6th.

The Northwest branch is located on the corner of NW 21st and Raleigh. CCCU’s current NW Portland branch is located in the Con-Way Administration office. While the new location is close in proximity to its current one, the visibility will increase significantly. “The new branch is much easier for members to locate and gives us better exposure. It’s important to us to be a bigger part of this emerging and expanding neighborhood,” said Larry Ellifritz President and CEO of CCCU.

The architect/designer for the new branch is Scott Edwards Architecture. The design is a modern, café style branch with the latest in mobile and digital devices. The Slabtown Marketplace and LL Hawkins bring together the adaptive reuse of an existing warehouse building and a newly constructed LEED Gold apartment building on one northwest Portland block.

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