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

Oregon Community Credit Union Mourns Don Moon Lee, Longtime Board Member

The Credit Union Movement lost a passionate and dedicated advocate with the passing of Don Moon Lee recently. Lee was four days from his 84th birthday when he died of natural causes, surrounded by his family in Eugene, Oregon.

The lifelong University of Oregon Duck fan devoted more than half a century of service to Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU) in Eugene, serving on OCCU’s Board of Directors for 36 years, after which he spent nine years as an emeritus board member.

Before joining the board, he served 13 years on the Credit Committee and five years on the Supervisory Committee. In all, Lee contributed 56 years of service to OCCU and was one of its first members.

“Don was a tireless advocate for members and dedicated his life to supporting OCCU’s vision,” said Mandy Jones, CEO of OCCU.

Oregon Community Credit Union will continue to support the Don Moon Lee Scholarship annually through the University of Oregon Foundation.

Spokane Area Credit Unions Join Forces for Community Day With Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, May 21st, employees from several Spokane area credit unions joined forces to work at the Deer Park Habitat site. Volunteers worked side by side to help complete a new home that is being built. The employees, all with different skill levels in carpentry and construction, completed multiple different tasks, such as window flashing, insulation, and prepping for the upcoming blitz build.

Volunteers worked in two four hour shifts with some choosing to work all day. With over 20 volunteers from four local credit unions, they were able to accomplish a lot in one day!

Habitat homes are not given but purchased through a combination of volunteer hours donated and reduced pricing. With the belief that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live, Habitat families are selected using three factors: the family’s level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay the loan through an affordable payment plan.

CU in the Community Day at Habitat for Humanity is just one way credit unions give back to their community working as a co-operative group. This volunteer event was set up by the Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions and is our 2nd annual event. The Chapter feels this is a great way to bring credit union staff together, all working as a group for one cause.

For more information on credit unions in your area and how they are giving back to the community, visit or call Wendie Ellis, Spokane Chapter President at 509-462-6295.

Northwest Community Credit Union Awards 31 Scholarships

Northwest Community Credit Union is proud to announce scholarship recipients for the 2016-17 academic year.

A total of $53,000 in tuition and supplies was awarded to 31 new and continuing students in higher education—a significant increase in committed scholarship support.

Two new scholarships created in cooperation with Umpqua Community College in 2016 were the Larry Levine Scholarships— memorial scholarships in the name of writer and educator Assistant Professor Larry Levine, who was killed along with eight UCC students in 2015 and the UCC Classroom 15 scholarship.

The Larry Levine Scholarship assists Douglas County students attending Umpqua Community College in completing their education and developing career opportunities even in the face of challenge.

The UCC Classroom 15 scholarships awards an additional $24,000 to UCC students-enrolled Fall Term 2015 in the specific course section and classroom involved in the shooting. The scholarship assists survivors in completing their course of study even in the face of challenge.

“We established the Northwest Community Larry Levine Annual Scholarship for UCC students because Northwest Community is committed to assisting Roseburg in recovering and renewing in the long term. We would also like to make sure survivors have a chance to complete their education. We believe future students will benefit from encouragement to develop their own opportunities even in the face of challenge,” said Northwest Community Credit Union President/CEO John Iglesias.

Twenty $1,000.00 Northwest Community Credit Union scholarships have also been awarded. The scholarship winners, selected from a pool of 95 applicants across Oregon, were selected based on responses to three essay questions, along with demonstrated dedication to giving back to their local communities.

From helping sort food at the local food bank or cleaning up Oregon waterways to coordinating a local blood drive, these students are giving back to their communities in significant ways. Northwest Community received 95 applications in 2016 from across Oregon. Applicants were selected based on responses to three essay questions, along with demonstrated dedication to giving back to their local communities.

This year’s Northwest Community Scholarship recipients are from 15 Oregon communities:

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,

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