Member News: Generosity Throughout the Northwest
Mountain America CU donates $21,000 to St. Luke’s Health Foundation; STCU surprises 6 nonprofits with checks on Giving Tuesday; America’s CU opens new Camp Lewis USO Center.
Mountain America Credit Union Donates $21,000 to St. Luke’s Health Foundation
At the beginning of the 2017 football season, Mountain America Credit Union committed to donating $50 to a charity for every first down completed by the Boise State Broncos.
As the season comes to a close, the numbers are in, and the Broncos completed more than 400 first downs during the season. Mountain America Credit Union presented $21,000 to St. Luke’s Health Foundation in support of the many different causes served by St. Luke’s in the Treasure Valley.
Tim Toy, Vice President of Branches in Idaho for Mountain America, presented the check to Dr. David Pate, President and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System, during the final home game on Nov. 18.
“Our lives and communities are impacted in countless ways through services provided by St. Luke’s,” Toy said. “Mountain America is proud to support their mission of making the Treasure Valley a healthier place for everyone.”
“St. Luke’s relies on community partners like Mountain America Credit Union to provide essential support to our patients and their families,” said St. Luke’s Director of Special Events Zoë Brunelle. “Their efforts make a real difference and we are so grateful!”
STCU Surprises 6 Local Nonprofits With Checks on Giving Tuesday
As part of STCU’s Season of Giving, six non-profit organizations were surprised last Tuesday with checks from the credit union. The checks were delivered by Tom Johnson, who will retire as STCU President and CEO on Dec. 31, and Ezra Eckhardt, who will replace him.
The organizations receiving gifts included:
- Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, which provides a safe place for parents to bring their children when facing adversity. STCU’s $20,000 donation will help with the nursery’s planned new space.
- Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center helps families and children with disabilities through a personalized, comprehensive program of assessment, therapy, education, and support. STCU’s donation of $20,000 will go toward a capital campaign for a planned new facility.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center offers educational and social services inspired by Dr. King’s vision of equal treatment, respect, and accessibility for all people. STCU’s $20,000 donation covers 10 percent of the center’s capital campaign for a planned move to the East Central Community Center.
- CREATE Art Center is a non-profit organization creating opportunities for expression, enjoyment, and appreciation of the arts and humanities. STCU donated $10,000 to improve the organization’s building.
- Sandpoint Youth Center provides programs for middle- and high-school students, helping build leadership qualities, interpersonal skills, and community awareness. STCU donated $10,000 to the cause.
- Gizmo CDA Inc. is a makerspace that provides tools, technologies, and mentors to help children and adults, with a goal of fostering creativity and confidence. STCU gave $25,000 toward Gizmo’s capital campaign to move to a new location at North Idaho College.
During its Season of Giving, STCU donates to any qualifying nonprofit where an employee has volunteered 12 or more hours ($25, or $50 for 20 hours or more). Those donations are made in the employee’s name.
Employees who are especially dedicated volunteers may also apply for additional end-of-year grants of up to $1,000 for the organizations they serve. The recipients are selected in December.
America’s Credit Union Opens New Camp Lewis USO Center
America’s Credit Union announced the opening of a new USO Center at their Washington location at 12th and Pendleton Streets on Joint Base Lewis McChord. The new Camp Lewis USO Center will provide a troop lounge with free internet, TVs, computers, games and donated snacks, and serve as a hub for family services and community outreach.
“After analyzing that the largest concentration of military in the Pacific Northwest without a USO Center was on the Army side of JBLM, our organization made a commitment to open a new center there,” said USO-NW Board Member and America’s Credit Union CEO Ken Leonard. The credit union was able to donate a 1,911-square-foot space in the heart of the base.
A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 20, 2017. During the event, Leonard presented the USO-NW with a check for over $12,000 to help fund programs at the new facility.
As a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO Northwest relies solely on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its activities.
“The USO Northwest is so pleased to open this new center on Joint Base Lewis McChord. Our organization had a vision to help as many military and family members as possible, but we knew USO Northwest could not expand our services without our partners.
“Once America’s Credit Union offered us the facilities, partners like El Gaucho Hospitality came forward and sponsored a Veteran’s Day dinner which raised in excess of $134,000. From that success, other organizations like Sound Kitchen and Bath, the Windows of Hope Foundation, La-Z-Boy of Seattle, Whirlpool and Ferguson Appliance, DeWils Custom Cabinets, Carpet Liquidators, Silestone Countertops by Cosentino, the Seattle Seahawks and others have allowed us to open this amazing hospitality center,” said USO-NW Executive Director, Commander Don Leingang, U.S. Navy (ret.).