News & Notes From Around the Northwest: Dream Jobs at Credit Unions and Community Impact

Rouge, Maps among Oregon’s top places to work, Point West x3 in national spotlight, and NW credit unions give back.

Rogue, Maps Recognized Among Oregon’s Top 100 Places to Work

Medford-based Rogue Credit Union and Salem-based Maps Credit Union took high honors in Oregon Business Magazine’s 24th annual survey ranking the top 100 places to work. More than 9,000 employees participated.

Rogue, Maps among 100 Best Companies to work in Oregon

Rogue took fourth place among large companies—the highest ranking financial institution on the entire list. The survey lauded Rogue’s bike loans and interest free credit for professional clothing, for getting the credit union’s 360+ employees to work and helping them to dress for it.  New employees meet the senior leadership team their first day at work, and President & CEO, Gene Pelham, keeps his door open to employees.

“I’m truly honored that Rogue Credit Union is listed as one of the top workplaces in Oregon,” said Pelham. “Our staff’s focus is on taking care of our members, and our Leadership Team is focused is on taking care of our staff. We work each day to create an environment where our employees can be proud of where they work.”

Maps Credit Union was recognized for its generous PTO policy, and for a high number of loyal employees who’ve worked there for more than a decade.

“We are thrilled to be on the list, and even more thrilled with our staff,” said CEO Mark Zook. “Our employees, many of whom have been here for more than 10 years, make Maps what it is with their hard work and dedication to our members.”

Inspirus Commits $100K to Teachers for Supplies

Teachers spend $500-$1,000 of their own money each year to pay for supplies that help their students, according to the Education Market Association. Tukwila-based Inspirus Credit Union has announced $FundFriday as an answer. Inspirus committed $100,000 for 2017, and will fund the project of one teacher every week.  The program is being run in conjunction with DonorsChoose.org—an online crowdfunding site that benefits Washington classrooms.

Most grants will range from $300- to $2,000. The generous giveback will be announced on the credit union’s Facebook page and can be found by searching #FundFriday.

“It’s our mission to give back to education, and this is one way we give back,” said Vice President of Marketing Sherry Lotze. “We want to support those who teach the leaders of tomorrow, and we hope they will benefit greatly from this.”

Teachers can apply for grants, and supporters can make donations to the fund on the website inspirusCU.org/Fund-Friday.

National Spotlight x3 on Point West

Portland-based Point West Credit Union is basking in three national spotlights so far in 2017.

Steve Pagenstecher, VP/Member Experience, Point West CU, and CU Times Managing Editor Natasha Chilingerian

As reported in this week’s Anthem, CEO Amy Nelson is a finalist for Credit Union Magazine’s Hero of the Year Award.

For its outreach to non-citizens and low-income community members, the credit union received a Trailblazer Award at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington in March. Point West recently received Juntos Avanzamos designation for support of the Latino Community, has a partnership with the Mexican Consulate of Portland to provide education, and has been recognized for its non-citizen lending program.

Point West stepped on the national stage during the CUNA Awards program as well, taking home a Louise Herring Philosophy in Action honor for its non-citizen lending program.

CALCOE FCU Personifies People Helping People Philosophy with Youth Contribution

CALCOE FCU’s Skip-a-Pay program benefits Madison House

Yakima-based CALCOE Federal Credit Union’s “Skip-a-Pay for a Worthy Cause” program not only benefits members; it also benefits local charities.

When money is tight, CALCOE members have the option of skipping a loan payment for a minimal fee, which early this year was split with Madison House Youth Community Center. Madison House aims to broaden the horizons of kids growing up in a neighborhood once termed “The Hole.” The amount donated was $3,370.

“Madison House provides a priceless service for all the kids they serve,” said Ryanne Nesary, CALCOE’s Marketing Director. “CALCOE is thrilled in supporting their efforts with our Skip-a-Pay campaign donation.”