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

Point West “drives hope” to local nonprofit; Trailhead gets CDFI certified; Inspirus supports housing-insecure kids in Tukwila; Solarity announces winner of 2016-17 community partner vote.

Point West’s #DriveHope Campaign Raises $2,500 for Metropolitan Family Service

Point West Credit Union is proud to announce the successful conclusion of its #DriveHope campaign, which raised $2,500 for Metropolitan Family Service’s (MFS) “Ways to Work” program. Through “Ways to Work,” MFS provides low-cost vehicle financing to families so that they have reliable transportation for work and are able to get their children to and from school or medical appointments.

“MFS and Point West Credit Union have shared values around connecting underserved populations to the financial system combined with providing financial education to help families become financially stable,” says Amy Corbett MFS Chief Program Officer. “The #DriveHope campaign harnessed the power of social media successfully to share our values with the wider community.”

Through #DriveHope, Point West offered to donate $5 to MFS for each social media post answer the question “What drives you?” Hundreds of people shared anecdotes, photos, and stories via social media in support of the campaign. In total, #DriveHope reached over 100,000 community members via social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and at local events like the Big Float, Sunday Parkways, and the Portland Bridge Pedal.

“Financial wellness for the underserved is at the heart of our mission here at Point West,” said Stephen Pagenstecher, VP of Member Experience at Point West. “The work MFS is doing in our community aligns perfectly with that mission. We are just thrilled to be able to partner with them to strengthen the impact of both of our organizations.”

Thanks to those tremendous efforts, Point West gladly donated $2,500 to MFS, and picked two lucky social media participants to win the grand prize ($250) and runner-up prize ($100) respectively. Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to everyone that participated.

For more information regarding MFS and the work they are doing to improve local lives, visit metfamily.org. For more on Point West’s community outreach and charitable giving, visit its Community Impact Map at pointwestcu.com/en/page/impact_map.

Trailhead Gets Certified as CDFI

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The United States Treasury Department recently certified Trailhead Credit Union as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Credit unions that wish to be certified as CDFIs must meet certain requirements, including: having a Primary Mission of promoting community development; predominantly serving and maintain Accountability to eligible Target Markets; and providing Development services. 

“This certification is evidence of our commitment to serving the needs of our community and helping consumers achieve their individual paths to financial success,” said Trailhead President and CEO Jim McCarthy. “We look forward to building capacity and engaging our community in new and exciting ways. The CDFI Certification will allow us to do just that.”

The benefits of certification include access to financial grants from the CDFI Fund and partnership opportunities with other financial institutions and community organizations. Trailhead Credit Union reported that they are delighted to receive CDFI certification to help them better serve the needs of low and moderate-income consumers in the Portland metro area. 

Inspirus Donates $1,500 to Housing-Insecure Students in Tukwila School District

Inspirus Credit Union gave $1,500 to the Tukwila School District’s McKinney-Vento Program, supporting students in need.

Roughly 10 percent of students in the Tukwila School District are housing-insecure. At one Tukwila school, the rate is anywhere from 20 to 25 percent, according to Sara Niegowski, Communications Director for the district.

“It’s hard to even begin to imagine all of the challenges students face when they are homeless or housing insecure,” said Tukwila School District Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Coogan. “They are trying to concentrate on learning and education while some of their most basic survival needs are in jeopardy. We are incredibly thankful for this donation from Inspirus—it’s going to give these students a tremendous boost.”

This contribution will go towards funding supplemental programs for the district such as extra tutoring, homework assistance, and language practice.

“I was deeply moved to witness Inspirus prove their commitment to education, and I am thankful for their acknowledgement and support of our McKinney-Vento students,” said Paraeducator and McKinney-Vento Liaison, Jonathan Houston. “This donation will allow us to provide specific academic supplements for them.”

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that provides funding to homeless shelters. Tukwila School District has its own program to support housing-insecure families within the district. The purpose of this program is to strengthen the quality of lives of those affected.

“There is an overwhelming amount of need in our community,” said President and CEO Scott Adkins. “As a credit union passionate about education, we want students to succeed and have the resources they need to do so. Donations to the McKinney-Vento program are helping students grow and learn inside and outside of the classroom.”

If you would like to learn more about the Tukwila School District’s McKinney-Vento program, contact Jonathan Houston at 206.901.7633.

Congratulations to the YWCA of Yakima, Winner of the 2016-17 Solarity Employee Community Partner!

Solarity Credit Union would like to congratulate the YWCA of Yakima for being voted the 2016-17 Solarity Employee Community Partner.

The Employee Community Partner program is a demonstration of the culture of service that employees at Solarity exemplify. The Solarity culture is focused on creating positive experiences. Solarity employees understand the importance of providing superior service for their members and the community.

Solarity’s Employee Community Partner is the recipient of staff fundraising activities, such as Friday Jeans Day, Seahawk Jersey Day, and employee BBQs. Every two years Solarity accepts applications from nonprofits who make positive things happen in the community. Members and staff then vote on the nonprofit they want to see as Solarity’s Employee Community Partner. This year, after compiling all the votes, the winner of the 2016-17 Employee Community Partner is the YWCA of Yakima.

The YWCA of Yakima is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. This organization provides emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and helps young girls grow by creating enriching experiences.

Solarity’s partnership with the YWCA of Yakima is another example of how Solarity employees are making positive things happen for their members and the community.

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