Around the Northwest: Advantis CU Recognized for Philanthropy; Horizon CU Fights Hunger
Credit unions in the Northwest are giving back to their communities with thousands of volunteer hours.
Portland’s Advantis Credit Union was recently named as a top corporate philanthropist in the large company category by the Portland Business Journal. The credit union was recognized at the annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards luncheon on Oct. 17 and was ranked number three overall in the top 10 companies within the large category.
The annual award recognizes companies that give back through employee volunteer programs and through financial commitments to local nonprofits. This is the eighth consecutive year that Advantis has been recognized by the Business Journal for its community giving efforts.
“This award is a reflection of Advantis’ culture,” said John Nichols, Vice President of Marketing. “Giving back through volunteer service and funding has been a core value at Advantis for more than 90 years and we look forward to continuing to support our neighborhood nonprofits as we grow.”
In 2017, Advantis served 1,035 volunteer service hours. Additionally, Advantis provided $50,000 in grants to six local nonprofits through Grow: The Advantis Community Fund, and contributed over $126,000 in grants, sponsorships, and employee donation match funds.
Horizon Credit Union Employees Put Volunteer Power to Work to Fight Hunger
Horizon Credit Union, located in Spokane Valley, Wash., closed its branches last month to volunteer within the community. Employees volunteered 675 hours at 13 local non-profits in Washington, Idaho, and Montana.
This first ever company-wide community service event brought Horizon employees, leaders, and board members together to get out and contribute to the community and fight hunger as a team.
“In every region we serve, there are people who go hungry. In fact in the United States, one out of six people face hunger, not knowing where their next meal will come from or how they will provide a nutritious meal for their family,” said Horizon CEO Jeff Adams.
Horizon’s community outreach efforts are focused on three pillars – health, hunger, and education. For Go. Give. Grow., the HZCU Go-Givers made an impact in the fight against hunger.
The Horizon executive leadership team visited the various locations to deliver a $1,000 donation to each of the 13 Go. Give. Grow. non-profit volunteer sites.
Volunteering and contributing to the community is an integral part of Horizon’s mission. Each employee is given up to 24 hours of paid volunteer time to use during work hours each year. Many employees also volunteer outside of work hours on their own time. Last year, Horizon employees volunteered over 4,700 hours in the areas they serve across Washington, Idaho, and Montana.