News and Notes: Here’s What’s Happening in Northwest Credit Unions

YCUP debuts new website and revised Board, Rogue Credit Union finds creative ways to raise funding for Credit Unions for Kids, and Solarity donates $15,000 to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital.

Young Credit Union Professionals Debuts New Website and Revised Board

Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and Washington (YCUP) unveiled its revised board and a new website.

The members of the new board include:

  • Kym Sajovik, President, OnPoint
  • Shannon Cahoon, Secretary/Treasurer, Fibre FCU
  • Liz Henderson, VP of Membership, Maps
  • Crystal Rustad, VP of Sponsorship, American Reporting Company
  • Michael Murdoch, VP of Communication, NW Priority CU
  • Evan Strandberg, Board Member, IQ

Click here to sign up for more information about how to get involved in the organization’s upcoming events.

Rogue Credit Union Branches Find Creative Ways to Raise Funds for Credit Unions for Kids

During its two-week Credit Unions for Kids Coin Drive campaign, Oregon-based Rogue Credit Union challenged its 17 branches to come up with creative ways to engage members and staff to raise funds for Credit Unions for Kids.

Rogue’s Central Point Branch raised the most money for the cause, coming in at $4,044.95. Their engagement efforts included themed costume days, and branch manager Kacie Harmon teamed up with a local restaurant to spend the evening delivering pizzas in a sumo wrestler suit, contributing all tips to the CU4Kids cause.

The South Medford Branch raised $2,224.53. Their efforts included reaching out to more than 30 local businesses to request raffle item donations and coordinate baskets. The branch also initiated Rogue’s first food truck collaboration—the food truck visited the branch and donated 20 percent of its proceeds to CU4Kids.

Solarity Credit Union Presents $15,000 to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital

Washington-based Solarity Credit Union recently donated $15,000 to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital. The contribution will assist families in the heart of the Yakima Valley and around Washington by helping the Children’s Miracle Network fund critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care.

“At Solarity we deal a lot in financial health, and we often make parallels between the financial services industry and the healthy industry. Our ‘patients’ or our customers/members are often vulnerable in our expert care just as patients are with expert the care within Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Mina Worthington, president and CEO at Solarity. “The management team at Solarity believes that community involvement is more than giving time and money. We believe it’s about building a healthier Yakima and about building a stronger community. We want to promote that idea and make sure we are all doing our part to create a healthier community through giving back.”