Member News: Here’s What’s Happening in Northwest Credit Unions

HAPO Community Credit Union breaks ground on new branch in Vancouver, WA; BECU expands annual People Helping People Awards; Spokane Federal Credit Union celebrates members and launches redesigned website; Credit Unions for Kids appoints inaugural Professorship in Pediatrics.

8/8/17

HAPO Community Credit Union Breaks Ground on Vancouver, WA, Branch

Last week, HAPO Community Credit Union broke ground on its newest branch project in Vancouver, Washington. The branch — the credit union’s first in Southwest Washington — will open for business in early spring of 2018.

The 10,000-square-foot regional branch is designed to meet the WELL Building Standard, which focuses on sustainability and the wellness of the staff and members using the facility. HAPO will be the first credit union to achieve WELL Certification.

The WELL Building Standard takes a holistic approach to wellness, and to become certified nearly every element of the building’s design must take the wellbeing of its occupants into consideration. Some noteworthy features include interior lighting that matches the color of outdoor light to improve circadian rhythms, a living wall and other design elements inspired by nature, abundant natural light with glare control, and sit-to-stand desks. HAPO also will support employees’ overall health through fitness incentives, such as gym subsidies and onsite fitness classes.

“We actively look for ways to improve the communities we serve,” said Steve Anderson, HAPO Community Credit Union’s President and CEO. “Our building strategy will take this to a whole new level. We are extremely excited to welcome the public and our new members here.”

BECU Members Launch People Helping People Awards

Now through August 31, BECU members can nominate non-profit organizations to receive up to $50,000 in donations through the credit union’s annual People Helping People Awards. This year, the credit union is expanding the opportunity for members to get involved. Through September, BECU will donate one cent to the People Helping People Awards every time a purchase is made with a BECU Debit Mastercard, up to $500,000. The 2017 award recipients will be recognized at an event in December.

“Since 2013, BECU members have been at the center of our People Helping People Awards program, introducing us to the non-profits that they support with their talents, time and donations,” said Tom Berquist, BECU’s senior vice president of Marketing and Cooperative Affairs. “This year, members can help us give back even more to the community simply by using their BECU debit card when paying for purchases, helping us reach our goal of donating $500,000 to many deserving local non-profits.”

Spokane Federal Credit Union Celebrates Members and Launches Redesigned Website

Spokane Federal Credit Union celebrated its annual Member Appreciation Barbeque, serving up hot dogs, giveaways, and ice cream to thank members for their support. The credit union’s members and partners echoed the gratitude in a video highlight reel, applauding the credit union’s service to the community.

Spokane Federal Credit Union also recently announced the launch of its redesigned website, home banking platform, and mobile app, all designed to better serve its members.

Credit Unions for Kids Appoints Dr. Michael Powers to Professorship in Pediatrics

Michael “Mike” Powers, M.D. ’85 R ’91, was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Credit Unions for Kids Professorship in Pediatrics.

Credit Unions for Kids has funded five endowed positions for OHSU School of Medicine faculty members who practice at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Since 1986, this commitment has resulted over $15 million in funding to propel the excellence in care and research at the hospital.

Dr. Powers has been a distinguished member of the OHSU faculty since 1991. He has dedicated his clinical career to improving the lives of infants, children, and adolescents with a range of lung and breathing disorders. His special interests include cystic fibrosis, non-CF bronchiectasis, and rare child interstitial lung disease.

Dr. Powers transitioned to leadership roles at OHSU in 2009 when he was named head of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology. Subsequently, Dr. Powers assumed the directorship of the Doernbecher CF research program and therapeutics development center. Dr. Powers is passionate about quality improvement efforts in CF care, heading two CF Foundation-funded initiatives at Doernbecher, with a focus on improving clinical outcomes, experience of care, and collaborating with patients and parents on care. This year, he is also serving as president of the OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Council.