NW Roundup: Wauna Credit Union Raises Funds; Unitus hosts Human Foosball Tournament


Seven years ago, Linda Ho-Martin thought of a way to help under-served Astoria High School students and their families that wouldn’t carry a negative stigma so often attached to charitable endeavors. Ho-Martin started the Net Shed, a shop for the students where items such as clothing, shoes, personal care products, costume jewelry, undergarments, and clothing accessories are free.

Each year, staff at Wauna Credit Union chooses a nonprofit organization within their footprint to raise funds for each quarter and this year, Net Shed was one of those causes.

“WCU is a reflection of our community,” said Robert Blumberg, President and CEO of WCU. “It is very important to us to support not only the financial well-being of our members, but the places where they live and work.”

Through WCU staff and member donations, the credit union raised $6,500 for the Net Shed, which will go toward stocking the store, as well as scholarships for students.

“I started the Net Shed from my personal need to help the students and families of Astoria High School. It has been the greatest honor for me to be able to have the Net Shed, and receive all the beautiful smiles from happy students,” said Ho-Martin.

Unitus hosts Human Foosball Tournament in Downtown Portland

For the past four years, Unitus has taken foosball to a whole new level – human teammates tethered together to imitate a traditional foosball table. It’s an event that combines fun and competition that participants and the public look forward to each year.

Unitus Community Credit Union LogoThis year’s event on Aug. 17 featured 18 teams, with five players each, squared off against one another. Six teams of Unitus employees played each other during the first hour.

Through the remainder of the event, local businesses challenged one another for year-long bragging rights. The format requires teammates to cooperate with one another to defend their goals and outscore their opponents in the inflatable area provided by Portland Party Works.

“Bringing together local businesses and community members is one of our most important and rewarding goals as a credit union,” said Laurie Kresl, Chief Marketing Officer for Unitus. “When you coordinate a fun event that combines exercise, strategy, and a little friendly competition, it’s no wonder people have been enjoying it for several years straight.”

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