News & Notes From Around the Northwest: CU Community Impact and Talented Employees

Providence FCU Makes Mission Aligned Contribution to Caregivers

Providence FCU helps caregivers in mission-aligned contribution

Providence Federal Credit Union made a $50,000 contribution to Providence Helping Hands, which will support caregivers needing financial help. The contribution makes good on the credit union’s pledge last year to match dollar-for-dollar individual donations up to $50,000. Last year alone, the fund provided approximately $200,000 in financial assistance to 220 caregivers.

“The Providence Helping Hands Fund offers hardworking caregivers in our community financial assistance when they need it most,” said Providence FCU President/CEO Shirley Cate. “When we learned that the fund was itself in need of contributions due to increased demand within the Providence family the last few years, we set a goal to match up to $50,000 dollars to encourage giving. The fact that we met our goal is special because it represents so much more than a check. It represents the entire Providence community coming together to support one another.”

Added Tam Everard, Development Coordinator for Providence Portland Medical Foundation, “The contribution not only meets a critical funding need, the credit union’s pledge to match donations helped generate engagement that translated into one of our most successful campaigns in recent memory. Most importantly, the Helping Hands Fund now has a much brighter future as a sustainable resource for caregivers in need who give so much to help others.”

Got Gesa VISA Debit Card? Help Pasco Schools

Gesa’s custom VISA cards will help fund high school activities.

Each time a Gesa Visa Debt cardholder swipes their card, they will be earning money for high school student activities in the Pasco district.

The community partnership agreement was announced by Gesa Credit Unio9n and the Pasco School District during the 2017 Winter Carnival event.

“Our partnership with the Pasco School District provides financial empowerment to youth and now we have an additional opportunity to make a significant impact to school programs,” said Don Miller, CEO of Gesa Credit Union. “We are honored to provide this program for students, parent, faculty, alumni or any member of the community that wants to support Pasco schools.”

Pasco is the fourth district Gesa has partnered with on this program. A similar partnership was announced with the Kennewick, Richland, and College Place School Districts. To date, this program has raised over $10,000 for local students.

Rogue Recognizes Exceptional Employees

Northwest credit unions’ 17,884 employees are some of the best ambassadors who share the Credit Union Difference. Medford, Oregon-based Rogue Credit Union makes sure its team is recognized for great service. Six employees were recently recognized at the annual awards banquet. They employees and their awards are:

  • Maisie Vanderhoff, Rookie of the Year Award
  • Claire O’Connor, External Service Award
  • Jake Gettman, Internal Service Award
  • Kendell Erb, 212 Degrees Award
  • Scott Mulkins, Leader Award
  • Tyler Holbrook, President’s Award

In addition, the Member Contact Center received the External Team Award and the Operations Department received the Internal Team Award.

People on the Move at Oregon State Credit Union

Oregon State Credit Union promoted financial industry veterans Denise Rundell and Patrick Schmerber to Branch Manager positions in Newport and Woodburn.

Denise Rundell

Rundell, who is in her 20th year with financial institutions, was just months into her Assistant Branch Manager post in the credit union’s new Lincoln City location. She has had three other branch management positions in her career spanning Oregon, Wisconsin, and Maine. Her Oregon stops have included Washington Mutual, First Community Credit Union in Florence, and Oregon State Credit Union since August of last year.

Rundell, a 1996 Business Administration graduate of Oregon State University, is already immersed in the Newport community with the credit union’s significant role in the Chamber’s annual Seafood and Wine Festival just concluded. She also volunteered within the Newport High School boosters group to help coordinate a Big Band Fiesta featuring the school jazz band and the Yachats Big Band. She has also been a long-time volunteer for the Oregon Women of Timber annual auction in Eugene.

Patrick Schmerber

Schmerber moves up from Assistant Branch Manager to lead the Woodburn branch located in the Safeway store at the corner of Mount Hood Highway and Highway 99E. He is entering his 10th year with Oregon State Credit Union advancing into management after seven years as a Financial Services Consultant. The 2005 University of Oregon graduate in Spanish is fluent in the language spending stints as an English teacher in Mexico and Costa Rica after college.

He has been a strong advocate for the credit union industry throughout that decade and will be taking on membership with the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club as well as getting involved in additional community events.

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