Yakima Valley Credit Unions Collaborate to Contribute to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

The Yakima credit union community presented checks, toys, wagons, and love to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on January 13.

Continuing a Northwest tradition of Credit Unions for Kids fundraising for children’s hospitals, the credit unions of the Yakima Valley brought toy-filled wagons and checks totaling over $29,000 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital—one of the six Children’s Miracle Network hospitals serving the Pacific Northwest.

The funds—$29,264.90—were raised in October at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual dinner and auction benefitting Credit Unions for Kids. Yakima-based Solarity Credit Union contributed $11,610 toward that effort.

“Commitment to our communities makes us better corporate citizens and more connected to the people we serve,” noted Mina Worthington, President and CEO of Solarity Credit Union.

The toy filled wagons are another tradition the Credit Union Movement started for children’s hospitals. They offer a more cheerful mode of transportation for kids en route to surgeries and appointments.

The Credit Unions for Kids charity was born in 1986 by a group of Northwest credit unions which began raising money for regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their model was adopted nationally a decade later and now is the “charity of choice” for the entire Credit Union Movement. While more than $150 million has been raised for 170 CMN hospitals across the nation, Yakima Valley credit unions alone have collected $100,000 in the past decade.

2016 Auction Committee Volunteers Needed

The NWCUA’s auction benefitting Credit Unions takes place during the Association’s annual convention in SeaTac, Washington, on the evening of October 12. A “Hollywood” theme has been announced. A committee of Credit Union Movement volunteers is needed to help make the auction successful. If you’re interested in contributing ideas, helping to generate auction donations, and assisting onsite during the gala, please contact Carmen Vigil, Northwest Credit Union Association Community Manager at cvigil@nwcua.org.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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