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Oregonian Credit Union Takes the Plunge for Special Olympics

Oregonians Credit Union staff and friends braved a cold Northwest day to support the Special Olympics.

This year, Oregonians Credit Union raised $8,860 during their annual fundraiser for Special Olympics—the Polar Plunge—and its companion 5K run. To support Special Olympics’ work with children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities, the Oregonians team of 23 participants plunged into the Columbia River—the highlight of the event—and several team members also ran the 5K. In addition to the frigid fundraiser, Oregonians CU raised money over the last few months through member and staff donations, and the team ranked third for the most money raised among all teams participating in the 2018 event.

Oregonians Credit Union CFO Jeff Schwarz said, “I’m so proud of the team. Everyone worked hard to fundraise for this great cause, and it shows.”

Unitus Continues Sponsorship of the Portland Rose Festival

Picture of Unitus Community CU 2017 Rose Festival float

Unitus Community Credit Union has again signed on as a Rose Festival sponsor. Seen here is the credit union’s 2017 float.

For the past four years, Unitus Community Credit Union has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the Portland Rose Festival, one of the city’s signature events. The sponsorship pairs Unitus’ female employees, including top executives, with Rose Festival princesses as mentors, who offer career and life skills advice, and host job shadowing. The mentors will also host the princesses for a financial workshop to help them navigate budgeting demands as they transition to college. The program concludes on June 9 when a Rose Festival Queen will be announced.

“As a longstanding Portland institution dedicated to supporting hard-working youth in our communities, the Portland Rose Festival shares many common threads with our credit union,” said Laurie Kresl, Chief Marketing Officer for Unitus and Rose Festival mentor. “The princesses are in for a one-of-a-kind experience and we are excited to be a part of it.”

Columbia Credit Union Opens a New Branch in Battle Ground

Picture of Columbia CU team framing new Scotton Landing branch

A little Northwest rain couldn’t stop the Columbia CU team from framing its new Scotton Landing branch.

In the spirit of an old-fashioned barn raising, Columbia Credit Union recently held a branch-raising to symbolize the organization’s intent to continue to assist and raise up the Battle Ground community, its citizens and businesses.” The new Scotton Landing branch will be located at 1013 SW Scotton Way, increasing the number of the credit union’s Washington branch sites to 13. Columbia also recently opened a branch in Portland.

The new branch will offer in-person assistance for consumer, business, home loan, and wealth management services. The branch also includes three drive-up lanes, a 24/7 ATM and a night-drop box for member convenience. A “techbar” will showcase self-service features. The grand-opening festivities will commence this summer with an interactive community give-back.

“These are exciting times for Columbia Credit Union,” said Columbia Credit Union President and CEO Steve Kenny. “In addition to celebrating our 65th anniversary and the recent opening of our Buckman branch in Portland, we’re looking forward to the opening of our new Scotton Landing branch. The credit union is growing in numbers, members, and convenience. We’re committed to making life better in the communities we serve.”

OnPoint Community Credit Union Accepting Excellence In Education Nominations through April 9

OnPoint Community Credit Union has announced the details for its OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education 2018 contest, which will award more than $50,000 to deserving public and private K-12 teachers and schools. 

This is the ninth year for the annual campaign that has awarded more than $240,000 in prizes to local educators and schools. Founded in 1932 by 16 school teachers as Portland Teachers Credit Union, OnPoint continues its commitment to strengthening local education by supporting students, schools and educators in a variety of ways. The OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education is the cornerstone of OnPoint’s work in education. Several awards that will be announced in May include:  

  • Educators of the Year to represent K-8 teachers and 9-12 teachers. OnPoint will pay the winners’ respective mortgages for one school year and donate $2,500 to their schools.  
  • Educators of the Year Finalists, one for K-8 and one for 9-12 will each receive $2,500 for themselves and $1,000 for their schools 
  • Community Builder Awards for four schools that will be awarded $1,000 each for a special project of their choice.  

Anyone can nominate an educator, and educators can nominate themselves. Nominations are being accepted through April 9. 

“It is our privilege to honor the remarkable teachers and school communities who participate in the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education,” said OnPoint’s President and CEO Rob Stuart. “Their passion for teaching and commitment to their students is an inspiration to all of us.” 

For information about the campaign, additional qualifications, nomination forms, and contest rules, please see 

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