Horizon Credit Union Taps into Pet Owners’ Pride

Popular social media photo contest allowed winner to donate to their favorite non-profit.

8/28/18

Charlie, Horizon Credit Union’s photo contest winner.

Jessica Low and her dog, Charlie, like to get out to hike the trails of the beautiful Northwest. So, when Low heard about Horizon Credit Union’s #HZCUpetpawsse social media photo contest, she decided to enter a photo of her four-legged friend on the trail. She hoped her photogenic pup had a shot at winning, which would give her the chance to help her favorite non-profit.

Horizon sponsored the contest for pet owners to win $250 in Petco supplies, as well as a $500 donation to their favorite animal shelter. The popular contest had entries that included dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, and even a salamander. Low chose Wenatchee Valley Humane Society as a way to give back.

“I think getting your animal spayed or neutered is really important, but I wasn’t financially able to last summer when I knew Charlie needed it done. I thought that if I won, I would help pay them back for the opportunity they gave me to get her spayed at a low cost,” Low said.

With a goal to reduce shelter intake, WVHS is working to expand its programs, including outreach and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to income-qualified pet owners.

Horizon Credit Union supports the communities it serves through a variety of events and initiatives.

Unitus Hosts Benefit Concert, Raising $25,000 for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Hit Machine performs at the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Downtown Benefit Concert on Aug. 16.

Several Northwest credit unions, including Unitus, OnPoint, iQ, Advantis, and Northwest Priority, as well as Menashe Properties, came together earlier this month to support kids and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital through the Credit Unions for Kids program.

Unitus hosted a benefit concert on Unitus Plaza that featured music, gourmet fare, ice cream treats, and a photo booth for the kids. The event included remarks by a very special guest — one of the hospital’s young patients.

The event raised $25,000, which will help Doernbecher Children’s Hospital raise awareness and fund research for cancer and other serious illnesses affecting children. All event goers who donated during the event received a “badge of honor” to commemorate their donation.

“As a Northwest credit union, it is not only our responsibility but our privilege to support one of the most impactful children’s hospitals in the nation,” said Steve Stapp, Unitus President and CEO. “In addition to their outstanding care, fundraisers like these with our fellow credit unions help hospitals conduct the critical research they need to find breakthrough cures and treatments for young members of our community.”

The benefit concert continued a long partnership between Unitus and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, which frequently sees Unitus holding fundraisers to support the hospital.

BECU celebrates new home-buying services in Spokane Valley with a Grand Opening

BECU celebrated the grand opening of its new Home Loan Center in the Spokane Valley on Aug. 14. Serving as BECU’s first mortgage-only retail facility, the more than 3,100 square-foot space houses a local sales, fulfillment, and underwriting teams.

The new center allows employees to meet directly with homebuyers and realtors. Expanded programs and services include the credit union’s First-Time Homebuyer Grant Program, home buying classes, and the Real Estate Services program that connects members with an experienced real estate agent.

The Home Loan Center enhances BECU’s presence in the greater Spokane-Coeur d’Alene market. The center’s goals focus on helping members save time, stress, and money throughout the home-buying process, and the standalone location offers convenience for more than 10,000 BECU members in the area.