Milestones Spark Spirit of Giving at Northwest CUs
OnPoint Community CU gives back to local charities to celebrate $5 billion milestone; Wauna Credit Union staff uses “The Power of Giving” to observe its 50th anniversary; Clackamas FCU celebrates 60 years of service with donations to local organizations.
OnPoint Community Credit Union Gives Back to Local Charities to Celebrate $5 Billion Milestone
OnPoint Community Credit Union recently donated a total of $160,000 to five local charities on behalf of its members and employees. In celebration of the credit union reaching $5 billion in total assets at the end of September, employees each had the opportunity to allocate $250 in contributions from the credit union among the five charities.
“Since 1932, OnPoint has had the privilege of serving our community, which is made possible by our loyal members and dedicated employees,” said Rob Stuart, President and CEO of OnPoint. “There’s no better way to celebrate this milestone than by honoring our valuable employees, thanking our members for trusting us as their financial partner, and giving back to local nonprofits who share in our commitment to community.”
In total, OnPoint gave $160,000 the following organizations:
- OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital: OnPoint’s gift will support the Gary and Christine Rood Family Pavilion, a five-story guest house providing temporary lodging for patients and families who travel long distances to OHSU for specialized care.
- Oregon Food Bank: OnPoint’s donation will provide 100,000 meals to local families.
- Oregon Humane Society: OnPoint’s gift will feed every pet in the shelter for six months, equip three OHS Humane Investigators to rescue pets, fund the OHS animal hospital for one day, and spay and neuter 65 pets.
- Schoolhouse Supplies: OnPoint’s gift will support the Free Store for Teachers program, which distributes free school supplies to 65,000 local schoolchildren each year.
- Nature Conservancy: OnPoint’s donation will help this organization to achieve its goal to restore 4 million acres of Oregon forests by 2026.
Stuart and OnPoint employees recently visited each of the nonprofits to present a check and thank the organization for its critical work in Oregon and SW Washington.
Wauna Credit Union Celebrates 50 Years With “The Power of Giving”
To mark its 50th anniversary, Wauna Credit Union celebrated throughout 2017 not only with giveaways and sweets, but also by recognizing and giving back to the communities it serves. Wauna’s love for its communities, coupled with its passion for helping others, inspired its most recent campaign: “The Power of Giving X 50.”
In December, each of Wauna Credit Union’s more than 100 staff members was allotted $50 to give back to the community as they saw fit. Some chose to buy groceries for another person at the supermarket, or donate to a local charity. Because while we are giving back to these communities, we also belong to these communities.
One Wauna employee chose to give to a local woman who discovered she had stage 4 bone cancer in July.
“I choose this person as my good deed because it hit close to home. I choose this person because I am a two-time cancer survivor,” said the Wauna staff member. “I know what it is like to have to go to chemo and radiation. Not only is it physically draining, but also mentally draining, which is an aspect people often fail to realize. Sometimes when going through difficult situations people need something to distract them, even if it is only temporary. If we can help take her mind off of this situation for even a moment, then to me it would have been well worth it.”
With “The Power of Giving,” Wauna CU’s goal was to be a force of good for its communities, making people’s days brighter, and returning some of the love its members continue to bring the credit union.
Clackamas FCU Gives Life-Changing Donations to Celebrate 60 Years of Service
Clackamas Federal Credit Union celebrated its 60th year of service by making several generous contributions to the well-being of the people of Clackamas County, Oregon.
To celebrate this milestone, the credit union demonstrated its continued commitment to the community by making a $10,000 donation to Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council, and a $10,000 donation to Clackamas Service Center.
“In addition to helping members achieve their financial goals, Clackamas is passionate about the overall well-being of the people who live in the areas we serve,” said Clackamas CEO Mary Greco.
Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council coordinates and improves search and rescue missions in the region. In addition to risking their lives, their volunteers give thousands of hours of time (often using personal vacation time), purchase their own equipment, and pay for their own gas and vehicles used for rescue missions. Without government funding, Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council relies on the generosity of its volunteers and private donations.
Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council will use the donated funds from Clackamus to purchase new equipment that will boost their response capabilities and expand their training resources, translating into faster, more thorough coverage of search areas. This is the fifth annual donation from Clackamas to Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council.
“Clackamas Federal Credit Union is such a godsend,” said Sherri Magdlen, Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council’s fundraising manager. “We don’t receive any government funding and the generosity of Clackamas helps us save lives.”
Clackamas Service Center is using the donated funds to help provide approximately 3,000 meals to the roughly 600 households they help each month. This donation will also help provide around 300 hot showers to community members in need.
Beyond financial support, the credit union’s employees regularly volunteer at Clackamas Service Center, and several branches collect food, clothing, and toiletries donated by Clackamas members.
In addition to these funds, the credit union donated to the following Clackamas County organizations: 60 sleeves of canned tuna to Sandy Action Center, 60 fully-stocked school backpacks to Operation Backpack, 60 sets of diapers and wipes to Canby Pregnancy Care Center, 60 boxes of chemical light sticks to Mt. Hood Search and Rescue, 60 five-packs of baby onesies to A Safe Place Family Justice Center, 60 boxes of exam gloves to Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, 60 two-packs of peanut butter to Clackamas Service Center, and 60 meals to the Meals on Wheels program of Milwaukie.