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

Inspirus pledges $25K to help teachers buy supplies; NW Priority raises over $8K to fight muscular dystrophy.

Inspirus Credit Union Pledges $25,000 to Help Teachers Buy Supplies

Inspirus Credit Union has partnered with DonorsChoose.org, on online crowdfunding site for teachers, to help buy supplies for Washington classrooms in need. When contributions from individual donors hit the halfway mark for select funding requests, Inspirus kicks in the rest. Having set aside $25,000 in matching funds, the credit union has already helped fully fund 43 DonorsChoose.org projects (some in as little as eight hours). One such project is Ms. Wilkinson’s third grade class, which which needs chair pockets, math supplies, and grade-level books.

In addition, when credit union members take out an auto loan before the end of the year, Inspirus is giving them $200 to donate to projects on DonorsChoose.org. Those funds are eligible for the match, too, if the member selects a request from a high-needs school.

Inspirus (formerly School Employees Credit Union of Washington) is open to anyone in the state who shares its passion for education. This is the credit union’s first partnership with DonorsChoose.org.

“We’re inspired by our members who not only give their hearts but their hard-earned dollars to ensure students in their classrooms get a chance for an A+ education,” said President Scott Adkins. “Partnering with DonorsChoose.org is a natural way for us to put our mission in motion. At the end of the day, we want to be valued most for what we give back to education.” 

One DonorsChoose.org project that’s already received matching funds is “Calculators for Sixth Grade Mathematics,” a request from Park Orchard Elementary in Kent, a school where 85% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Ms. Gray, who teaches science and pre-algebra, says the 30 calculators priced at $12.99 each “will greatly impact the learning of integer multiplication and math involving decimals. We have been struggling to do some of the math without calculators, and I know this will make a huge difference!”

NW Priority Raises over $8,000 to Fight Muscular Dystrophy

NW Priority Credit Union raised $8,100 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its annual ‘Fill the Satchel’ campaign in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers, which ended on Friday.

“The real magic came on our final day of collecting donations,” said Michael Murdoch, Marketing Specialist for NW Priority. “We started the day at only $6,500, but then our Air Base and Beaverton branches challenged one another and ended up raising almost $600 each. At the end of the day, employees and members left and right were opening their wallets, and through some massive rallying we were able to raise $1,600 throughout the day!”

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, [email protected].