Credit Unions Throughout the Northwest Focused on CULAC Month in July

Staff members got creative, inspiring their coworkers to donate to the important PAC.

8/7/18

Staff members at Peninsula Credit Union brought their furry best friends to work as part of CULAC Month.

Credit unions across the Northwest put their #CUObsession on display throughout July to raise funds for the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC).

CULAC is the six-largest trade association Political Action Committee (PAC). It supports Republicans and Democrats equally, making it one of the largest bipartisan PACs in the nation. It uses funds to build credit union awareness and support federal candidates’ campaigns. It can only accept contributions from individuals. Credit unions facilitate those contributions through payroll deductions or fundraising efforts.

This July for CULAC Month, several credit unions throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho got involved in fundraising efforts, including Oregon State Credit Union, Peninsula Credit Union, the Young Professionals group, CLIMB Idaho, and Old West Federal Credit Union.

Funds are still being tallied, and a final amount raised for Northwest credit unions will be available later this summer.

Inspirational cookies.

As part of CULAC Month at Peninsula Credit Union, staff members sent Compliment Cookie grams to one another to inspire teamwork and gratitude.

Oregon State CU hosted a two-month-long CULAC campaign with 83 percent staff participation. The credit union gave away prizes to staff members at the end of the campaign, including a grand prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.

“Once again, our team stepped up in a major way for our industry through our extended CULAC campaign,” said President and CEO, Rick Hein. “We make this effort an educational and fun process internally and more than half of the entire staff takes the payroll deduction route as an easy way to invest in the mission and role of credit unions across the country. Being a national leader in pledging our support for CULAC, not to mention their knowledge that the credit union matches their dollars toward the CU4Kids program, CULAC fundraising has become a source of pride for this special team here and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Peninsula Credit Union hosted Friday Fundays for CULAC Month where every Friday employees could choose to participate in the event of the day, such as bringing their pet to work, car washes, dress-down day, or candy compliment grams.

Group shot for CULAC Month.

Oregon State Credit Union Director of Business Services Josh Whisenhunt (second from right) won an all-expenses paid trip to last year’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C. The contest is held as part of the credit union’s multi-faceted CULAC Month campaign.

“Our Friday Fundays turned out to be a huge success,” said Peninsula Credit Union Port Orchard Branch Manager, Kristine Cowan. “My favorite event was our Compliment Cookie Grams where co-workers ordered freshly baked sugar cookies decorated with personalized compliments to be delivered with a note to a deserving co-worker of their choice within the credit union. It truly spread kindness and love throughout the workplace.”

Old West Federal inspired its staff members at each branch to donate with gift baskets and a raffle prize to a Blake Shelton concert at this year’s Pendleton Whisky Music Fest. The credit union divided the raffle proceeds, giving half to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Credit Unions for Kids and half to CULAC.

In Idaho, the Young Professionals (YP) of CLIMB Idaho challenged credit unions throughout the state to participate in CULAC Month. YPs hosted CULAC campaigns at their credit unions.

“Advocacy is something that we should all be part of since it does affect all of us as a whole, and since it affects all of us as whole, what better way to make a bigger impact than working together as a whole,” said Stephanie Whitworth, CLIMB Idaho Advocacy Chair.