Northwest CUs Put the Cooperative Spirit into Practice

CUs in Central Oregon unite to combat bullying and teen suicide; YCUP joins individuals throughout the Northwest to raise funds for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

1/9/18

Credit unions across the Northwest continually inspire us with the ways they live out their calling as “cooperatives.” Following are two recent examples of Northwest credit unions coming together to support great causes and demonstrate the Credit Union Difference in their communities.

Picture of big checkOregon Credit Unions Unite to Fund Youth Bullying and Suicide Prevention Efforts

In response to a recent uptick in local teen suicides, credit unions in Central Oregon quickly joined forces to make a difference for young people in their communities.

As part of fundraising efforts in conjunction with the annual Drake Park Rotary Duck Race, a coalition called Credit Unions Working Together presented Younity — a Central Oregon-based nonprofit dedicated to helping students, parents, and teachers effectively respond to bullying by providing bully-awareness and prevention programs — with a check for $10,000.

The funding will provide “Challenge Day” programs to combat bullying and teen suicide at four local middle and high schools in the spring of 2018, to a total of 600 students.

Credit Unions Working Together is a coalition of credit union employees and executives who cooperate to raise funds for local community efforts. The coalition includes Mid Oregon Credit Union, OnPoint Community Credit Union, First Community Credit Union, SELCO Community Credit Union, and Oregonians Credit Union.

“As credit unions, our members expect us to take an active role in the communities we serve, and issues affecting the health of local families always take highest priority,” says Kyle Frick, VP Marketing for Mid Oregon Credit Union. “We believed we had a unique opportunity to respond quickly to this critical issue affecting young people in our community. I’d like to thank our partner credit unions, as well as our local Rotary Clubs, for their partnership in providing this opportunity. We’re delighted we can help Younity provide its award-winning program to even more local students.”

Younity is celebrating its tenth year of supporting and conducting workshops that teach youth and adult participants how to effectively respond to bullying in its many forms, help participants discover their own self power and become more aware of their actions, and develop greater compassion in the way they treat others.

Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington Exceed Goal for Doernbecher Donation

At the end of 2017, Young Credit Union Professionals (YCUP) of Oregon and SW Washington invited individuals from across the Northwest to join forces and raise funds for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at their “Hops for Hope” event. The event exceeded the group’s expectations, raising nearly $6,000 for Credit Unions for Kids.

“We’re very pleased to have surpassed our $5,000 goal for our first-time event,” said Kym Sajovic, YCUP Board President. “We received a lot of positive feedback from attendees, and we look forward to hosting it again in 2018.”

Some 60 attendees, as well as the event’s top sponsors (First Tech Federal Credit Union, OnPoint Community Credit Union, and iQ Credit Union) and supporting sponsors (Point West Credit Union, Consolidated Credit Union, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Kaye Smith, ARC, and Radian) contributed to the event’s success.

“We’re so proud of our partnership with YCUP of Oregon and SW Washington and what they were able to accomplish in the inaugural year of Hops for Hope,” said Joe Dearborn, Senior Director of Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids). “It’s inspiring to see that so many young professionals from throughout the credit union community have embraced the CU4Kids program and are eagerly creating their own legacy of giving back.”

“Hops for Hope” was the final YCUP event held in 2017, a great finale to a year of advocacy, networking, and philanthropic gatherings that touched hundreds of credit union professionals from across the Northwest.