Unitus Growth Continues with its Highly Anticipated Gresham Branch

Unitus Community Credit Union members living in and near Gresham, Ore., spoke and the credit union listened. Unitus has opened a full-service branch on Eastman Parkway in the Gresham Town Fair shopping center, which will serve Gresham, as well as the surrounding communities of Troutdale, Rockwood, Sandy, and East Multnomah County.

A full range of services is offered at the branch, including checking, savings, retirement accounts, and auto, home, and business loans. Full-service ATMs are also available.

Additionally, Member Advocates are specially trained Unitus employees who will collaborate with members to offer personal assistance to build lasting financial solutions.

Unitus President and CEO Steve Stapp says the Gresham community of hard-working citizens have had a valuable impact on the region’s growth, and the credit union is proud to have a branch that will serve the area’s members.

“The members have asked and we are responding by bringing a full-service branch to this community, which is quickly becoming the growth engine to the local economy,” Stapp said. “As a community partner, we could not be more thrilled to bring the sought-after service of Unitus to a community as committed and industrious as Gresham.”

Advantis CU Staff Helps Habitat for Humanity Build a Community for the Future

This past May, staff members with Advantis Credit Union joined volunteers with Habitat for Humanity to install flooring and paint walls and ceilings in an effort to complete homes at a construction site that was abandoned during the recession.

The Helensview development in northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood began as a project to offer affordable housing within the community. When the recession hit, the original builder ended its involvement, leaving the site that originally included 40 homes to sit unfinished. Eventually, Habitat for Humanity stepped in and purchased the remaining land in order to complete the project of building 20 additional homes for low-income families.

Teaming with Habitat for Humanity presented the perfect opportunity for Advantis employees to make a difference.

“Advantis recognizes that volunteering is just as critical to the health of nonprofits as writing a check,” said Advantis Community Relations Manager Kyleigh Gill. “Advantis allows staff paid opportunities to volunteer at organizations with their fellow employees during the work day as well as a personal volunteer hours benefit. As we continue to grow, we understand the importance of offering volunteer opportunities for employees, because while benefitting the nonprofits, volunteering also works to build engagement among our staff, creating bonds between employees and allowing them to feel connected to the community.”

Clarity Credit Union Promotes Financial Education for Kids with a Fun Event

For the past five summers Clarity Credit Union has turned learning into a fun event to teach kids and their parents about the importance of saving. The event – Clarity’s Penny Gold Rush for Kids – is held twice each summer at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho, during the speedway’s family nights.

Clarity hands out prizes and T-shirts to children and gives them the chance to grab pennies during the “Gold Rush.” Children are allowed to keep all the pennies they collect and are encouraged to open a no-fee Pee Wee savings account, with Clarity donating the first $5 deposit into the account. Participating children are presented a voucher during the event that they can bring to the branch, where they’ll open their account and receive information about savings.

Clarity Business Development Manager Deb Ferguson started the event and has seen it grow each year. This past summer was the largest, with more than 100 children participating.

“The Penny Gold Rush for Kids event was started as an attempt to reach out to and be involved in the Meridian community after opening our first branch in Ada County,” said Ferguson. “It has been our goal to educate them on the importance of savings accounts, why one should save, and to educate parents to encourage their kids to save.It’s never too early to start saving.”

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