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

Unitus Community Credit Union expands service with two new branches serving Westmoreland and Multnomah Village; Maps Credit Union launches 2017 Community Challenge.

Unitus Expands Service With Two New Branches Serving Westmoreland and Multnomah Village

Unitus Community Credit Union announced they will soon open two new branches in Portland. The first new branch, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter 2017, will be located in Multnomah Village at 7707 SW Capitol Hwy, Suite 103. The second new branch, opening in the first quarter of 2018, will be in Westmoreland at 1623 SE Bybee Blvd.

“This is a great opportunity to provide a more convenient in-person experience for more Unitus members, putting a friendly face to finances,” said Steve Stapp, President & CEO of Unitus. “We want our members to know that we are here to help walk them through every step along the path toward improving their financial well-being.”

The new branches in Multnomah Village and Westmoreland will be the first Unitus branches to open after Unitus celebrates its 80th anniversary this July. With the two new branches, Unitus will have eleven local branches serving members and community partners.

Oregon-Based Maps Credit Union Launches 2017 Community Challenge Focusing on Small Nonprofits

The Maps Community Foundation will grant $5,000 in awards to nonprofits in Marion and Polk Counties.

“This is the fifth year holding the Community Challenge,” said Maps Credit Union’s Community Development Officer, Mitzi Smith. “This year, we wanted to highlight the groups who are working every day to address the issues facing our community.  There are many organizations committed to providing solutions to community challenges, and Maps is thrilled to support them.”

The contest is open to nonprofits in Marion and Polk Counties with less than 15 employees. The Foundation will accept submissions until July 10, 2017. To apply, the nonprofit must submit a video (no longer than three minutes) describing its work in the community and how the award will be used, and complete the application. Submission guidelines and contest rules are available here.

On July 15, the videos will be released on the Maps Facebook page and official website for the public voting phase. Winners will be announced in early August.

The Community Challenge is funded by the credit union’s Free Community Checking accounts, which generate a penny for the foundation every time members use their Community Checking debit cards.