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

Wauna CU hosts groundbreaking event for newest location; St. Helens Community supports local high schools with fundraising campaign; Five Northwest credit unions named in annual “Best Credit Unions to Work For” rankings.

9/26/17

Wauna Credit Union Hosts Groundbreaking Event for Newest Location

Groundbreaking ceremony at new Wauna branch in Forest Grove, Oregon.

On Sept. 21, Wauna Credit Union broke ground for their latest branch in Forest Grove, Oregon. The branch will be located at 3532 Pacific Ave, on the corner of Pacific Ave and Hwy 47.

“This will be our first physical presence in Washington County, and we are very excited to be here,” said Wauna Credit Union’s CEO and President Robert Blumberg.

Mayor Pete Traux, City Counselor Timothy Rippe, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Howard Sullivan attended the event.

“We are very glad that Wauna Credit Union is making the leap into Washington County and into Forest Grove,” said Mayor Pete Traux.

The new location will serve members with Interactive Teller Machine technology alongside additional benefits, including “build-green” construction.

Membership with the credit union is now available to individuals who work, go to school, worship, or live in specific areas of Washington County. Construction of the branch is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

St. Helens Community Supports Local High Schools with Fundraising Campaign

Dr. Taylor, a teacher at Rainier Jr/Sr High School, is the first to be a proud owner of the Rainier School Debit Card.

Through its Team Up for Schools campaign, St. Helens Community Credit Union will donate five cents to area high schools each time members of the credit union use one of three special debit cards. Each card is designed with a local school’s colors, name, and image, including the Rainier Columbians, Scappoose Indians, and St. Helens Lions.

The cards, which are free to receive and use, were issued to members beginning in late August, and are directly tied to a member’s checking account. Every time a member makes a purchase, the credit union donates to that member’s favorite high school.

“Our local communities are passionate about their high schools,” said St. Helens Community President and CEO, Brooke Van Vleet. “It’s an honor to be able to support the local schools and help our members show off their school spirit at the same time.”

Members who want one of the new cards can pick one up at any area branch location, or add the debit card to their membership at shcu.org/TeamUp.

Five Northwest Credit Unions Named in Annual “Best Credit Unions to Work For” Rankings

In a list published last week by Credit Union Journal in partnership with Best Companies Group, a third-party research firm, 40 credit unions across the nation were ranked as the “Best Credit Unions to Work For.” Five of the credit unions named were from the greater Northwest area.

Participating credit unions were required to have at least 25 employees, and agreed to a two-part assessment.

The first part of the assessment gathered information about benefits, policies, and human resources practices. The second part involved a confidential, 78-question employee survey that looked at everything from what employees love about working there, unique benefits offered, and special recognition and appreciation programs, to ways to relieve stress and promote fun in the workplace.

Here are the five Northwest-area credit unions recognized for their outstanding performance on the assessment:

  • Rogue Credit Union: Medford, Oregon
  • Idaho State University Credit Union: Pocatello, Idaho
  • Mountain America Credit Union: West Jordan, Utah
  • HAPO Community Credit Union: Richland, Washington
  • MAC Federal Credit Union; Fairbanks, Alaska

Click here to see the full list, and details on what the top-ranked credit unions’ employees love about their workplaces.