Around the Northwest: Contributions, Service and, Engagement

Advantis CU Celebrates ICU Day With $10,000 Contribution to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Advantis Credit Union announced a $10,000 donation to Credit Unions for Kids in honor of International Credit Union Day.

The donation follows a record-breaking Credit Unions for Kids fundraising auction during the MAXX Convention in SeaTac, where Northwest credit unions raised more than $300,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Advantis’ donation to Credit Unions for Kids will go towards endowment funding for pediatric cancer research at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and will support clinical trials for complex and hard-to-treat childhood cancers, as well as ensuring state-of-the-art treatment access for young patients.

“This donation marks Advantis’ commitment to giving back to the community and exemplifies our guiding philosophy of ‘People Helping People,’” said Advantis Credit Union’s President and CEO, Bob Corwin. “Funding this important research through Credit Unions for Kids moves us closer to our hope of a day without childhood cancer.”

Columbus Day is No Holiday for iQ CU’s Q Crew

iQ staff at one of the various Columbus Day volunteer events.

Vancouver, WA-based iQ Credit Union took the recent Columbus Day holiday to engage in community service and volunteerism, rather than a more traditional paid day off.

On Monday, October 10, 2016, iQ Credit Union’s team of more than 200 volunteers, known as the Q Crew, spent their day serving nonprofits in Southwest Washington. Staff at all levels lent their time to stock shelves in a food bank, clean the grounds at a camp for area youth groups, restore wildlife habitat and more.

Organizations that benefited from the credit union’s volunteer program included North Clark County Food Bank, SHARE House, Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, Marshall Community Center, LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park, Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, Evergreen School District Foundation and ReTails-Humane Society Thrift Store.

“Caring for community is an integral part of our culture,” said Kelly Schrader, President and CEO. “We live and do business right here in this community, so it is important to support programs that work to make life better for all of us. It was a wonderful and meaningful opportunity for our staff as well; I look forward to the ongoing impact we can make with our community outreach efforts.”

Check out photos from one of the day’s events from iQ Credit Union on Facebook.

Chantal Jacobson of Red Canoe CU Wins Amazon Echo Through MAXX Leaderboard Contest

When the MAXX mobile phone app debuted earlier this year, the functionality mirrored the year-long CU Sidekick app, which brings Association resources to mobile phone screens. Users were able to map out their convention experience, share photos, post status updates, and complete session surveys through the app.

That ease of transition brought lively engagement. But just to sweeten the deal, we partnered with Tyfone to bump that engagement up a little more.

The top 20 users on the Leaderboard—through commenting, liking posts, completing surveys, etc.—were eligible to win a new Amazon Echo.

Chantal Jacobson of Red Canoe Credit Union in Longview, WA, was in that top 20 and was selected. As you can imagine, she was “excited” to be both a first-time attendee and winner.

Naturally, we grabbed her reaction from the app.

CU Sidekick available for download

Looking for ways to engage with Your Association year-round?

Download the CU Sidekick mobile app today. If you used the MAXX Convention app, the functionality will look strikingly similar. If not, you will find ways to connect with colleagues, read the latest credit union news and Compliance updates, and participate in Chapters, Councils, and more.

Click here to download from the Apple or Google Play stores today.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,

Posted in Around the NW, CU4Kids, Marketing & Communications, MAXX Annual Convention, NWCUA.