Portland Micro-Communities Give Back to Children and Parents in Need

Mt. Hood Chapter helped Portland nonprofit, SchoolHouse Supplies; Young Credit Union Professionals gave back to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

9/11/18

People pose with boxes full of supplies for parents.

Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington fill bags of supplies for mothers and fathers with children receiving care at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.

The credit union mantra of People Helping People was on full display recently in the Portland area as members of the Mt. Hood Chapter and Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington focused their goodwill on local organizations.

Last month, the Mt. Hood Chapter raised funds and gathered school supplies for the Portland nonprofit, Schoolhouse Supplies, which champions public education by donating free classroom items.

During the chapter’s monthly event, attendees filled backpacks with a specific list of school supplies purchased by the chapter or donated by local credit unions. Teams raced to supply tables around the room to collect items and, in a matter of minutes, 30 backpacks were filled to benefit school children in the Portland metro area.

In addition to the group activity, Scott Butterfield, with Your Credit Union Partner, a Northwest Credit Union Association Strategic Link partner, inspired and energized chapter members with his presentation, “Finding your Organization’s Why.”

Butterfield explained why it’s important to understand your personal “why” about what you do, as well as your credit union’s “why” in its mission.

Mt. Hood Chapter Board Member Sarah Buck said event organizers have received great feedback about the meeting activities. Buck is Training Coordinator and Marketing Assistant for USAgencies Credit Union in Portland.

“Attendees are going back to their branches and telling their fellow coworkers about the fun and inspiring time they had, and how they are looking forward to our next event,” Buck said.

Also last month in Portland, members of the Young Credit Union Professionals (YCUP) of Oregon and Southwest Washington spent an evening touring OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. The tour included a special visit to the Credit Unions for Kids wing of the hospital. The wing is designed to help kids adjust to their experience, with counters that are “kid height” and where no “white coats” are allowed.

People fill pink backpacks with school supplies.

Members of the Mt. Hood Chapter fill backpacks with school supplies during its monthly event.

Credit Unions for Kids, the nonprofit of choice for credit unions nationwide, raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

After the tour, the group spent time packing YCUP-branded bags for mothers and fathers who may find themselves unexpectedly staying overnight at Doernbecher to be with their children as they receive care.

With more than 3,000 items donated by YCUP and area credit unions, the group was able to fill 300 parent packs. The packs were delivered to Doernbecher Foundation, illustrating that credit unions’ hand-on contributions fulfill the mission of people helping people.

“There were lots of smiles, a few tears, and for YCUP members, the special hands-on experience reinforced for us what it means to truly help people,” said Michael Murdoch, YCUP member and Communications Specialist at Wauna Federal Credit Union.

Visit https://nwcua.org/micro-communities/ to learn more about micro-communities, including local Credit Union Chapters and Young Professional groups across the Northwest.