News & Notes: Mid Oregon Raises Record Donations During Annual School Supplies Drive


Mid Oregon Credit Union kicked off its annual Supplies4Schools drive with a record donation from a single donor who dropped off more than 140 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to its Redmond branch.

“I am always amazed at the generosity of the people in this community,” said Mid Oregon Vice President of Marketing, Kyle Frick. “Every year our members surprise us with their commitment to helping children get a successful start at school.”

The donor, Vikki Olds of Redmond, says that she spent most of the year purchasing school supplies and assembling the backpacks. Her husband Andre and son-in-law Cameron helped load a trailer with the backpacks for delivery. Olds says that she began this project after years as a bus driver in La Pine, Ore.

“I would see kids without coats or socks or warm clothes,” she said. “I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. I felt bad to think of these kids not having what they needed for school. This is my way of tithing for the year,” she said.

Although Olds shops the sales and finds good prices on all the supplies she purchases, she says she still spends a few thousand dollars on the effort. She fills high-quality backpacks for elementary and high school students with supplies that include a three-ring binder and paper, pens and pencils, zipper pouches, standard or scientific calculators, hygiene items, and other tools.

Olds challenged other Central Oregon residents to match her donations in the nearby communities including Prineville, Madras, Sisters, and Bend.

“I know there are people out there who have the ability to give more,” she said.

The Supplies4Schools fundraiser and supply drive is underway during the month of August at all seven locations within Mid Oregon Credit Union’s service areas. All donations of cash and supplies stay in the community where they are collected. In most communities, Mid Oregon partners with Family Access Network and other local agencies to distribute the supplies to students in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties.

Columbia Credit Union Opens New Scotton Landing Branch in Battle Ground Vancouver, Wash.

Columbia Credit Union’s newest branch, the Scotton Landing branch in Battle Ground, Wash., is the fourteenth branch and their second branch in Battle Ground. This new branch showcases digital connectivity and in-person assistance for consumer, business, and home loan needs, financial advisors, as well as a community workshop space.

In the effort to support the neighborhoods they serve, Columbia Credit Union is holding a $25,000 Community Giveaway to benefit nonprofit organizations. People are encouraged to visit the Scotton Landing branch between Aug. 13 and Sept. 15 to vote for one of the five nonprofit organizations: Battle Ground Education Foundation, Battle Ground Health Care, Clark County Children’s Center, Clark-Skamania Flyfishers, or Re-TURN. Every vote is worth a $10 donation from Columbia Credit Union to the organization, with a maximum of $5,000.

Visitors to the branch also are invited to help select the winner of Columbia Credit Union’s Beauty of Battle Ground Photo Contest by voting for one of five finalist photos from local photographers. The winning photo will be featured as a wall mural at the new branch.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Expands with New Fremont & Williams Branch

OnPoint shows a commitment to sustainability at its new branch located in Portland’s vibrant eastside community, along the walkable and bike-friendly North Williams corridor. The branch will open on Aug. 30 in the Carbon12 building, which has been called one of the most environmentally sustainable projects in the world.

“We are proud to be a part of the Northeast Portland community and look forward to welcoming neighbors — on foot or by bicycle,” said OnPoint President/CEO Rob Stuart. “The new branch is the latest example of how we continue to deepen our commitment to the region as we serve our growing membership.”

As a celebration of the grand opening on Sept. 15, OnPoint welcomes neighborhood residents and businesses to stop by and meet the staff and enjoy refreshments and giveaways. Additionally, Branch Manager Elaine Pratt and Assistant Branch Manager Richard Masotto will present a $1,000 donation to the ReBuilding Center, a nonprofit organization that works to build equitable and sustainable communities.



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