Thousands of Credit Union Employees Use Oct. 8 Holiday to Serve Communities

10/16/18

TAPCO Credit Union employees volunteer on Oct. 8.

Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day, observed this year on Oct. 8, was a banking holiday, but in the Credit Union Movement, it wasn’t a day off for thousands of employees who were eager to volunteer in their communities.

In the Puget Sound area, nearly 2,800 employees from six different credit unions rolled up their sleeves to make a difference. Heidi Wesley-Cleveland, Chief Marketing Officer for Seattle-based Verity Credit Union, collaborated with her regional colleagues to share the story of simultaneous volunteerism with local media. Here are the results reported:

  • Two thousand BECU employees fanned out to 16 high schools in Seattle and Spokane to present Financial Reality Fairs attended by 8,000 students.
  • More than 275 Sound Credit Union team members volunteered at 20 local non-profit organizations.
  • Red Canoe Credit Union had 225 employees raise funds for six organizations focused on hunger and homelessness.
  • Salal Credit Union had 170 employees build 16 wheelchairs for Bridge Disability Ministries.

    BECU staff group photo

    BECU employees host Financial Reality Fairs at 16 high schools in Spokane and Seattle.

  • Ninety employees of TAPCO Credit Union committed random acts of kindness.
  • Verity Credit Union had 90 employees volunteer at six local charities.

Meanwhile in St. Helens, Ore., employees of St. Helens Community Credit Union spent the day assembling 80 special care packages for foster children. The credit union is celebrating its 80th anniversary and the day of service was part of its “80 Random Acts of Kindness” program.

The age-appropriate care packages included coloring books, blankets, water bottles, and crayons for youngsters, and for older foster children, flashlights, school backpacks, and personal hygiene products.

Salal Credit Union employees

Salal Credit Union employees built wheelchairs for Bridge Disability Ministries.

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) thanked the employees for their services.

“We appreciate everything St. Helens Community employees have done for kids in foster care and continue to do for the community every day,” said Kira Hornberger, Foster Care Certifier.

Verity Credit Union employee cuts weeds

Verity Credit Union employees volunteered their time to various causes on Oct. 8.

St. Helens Community Credit Union staff

St. Helens Community Credit Union employees assembled care packages for foster children.

 

BECU employees volunteering on Oct. 8

BECU employees host Financial Reality Fairs at 16 high schools in Spokane and Seattle

Sound Credit Union staff members

Sound Credit Union team members volunteer at 20 area non-profits on Oct. 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Community Impact.