Unitus Community Credit Union Provides Financial Literacy Lessons to Thousands of Students and Expands Footprint with New Gresham Branch


Thanks to a sponsorship from Unitus Community Credit Unionthousands of students in 21 school districts across Oregon and Southwest Washington are learning financial literacy basics such as budgeting, investing, and managing risk through a program by Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington. 

As a Business Sponsor, the Oregon-based credit union will help fund and provide volunteers for Junior Achievement’s JA Finance Park program aimed at students in grades seven through 12. The program starts with 12 lessons in the classroom followed by a visit through JA Finance Park, a high-tech mobile exhibit in which students must create a balanced budget as adults in a real-world scenario, managing expenses for housing, childcare, groceries, and more. Unitus employees will work alongside the students throughout the Finance Park’s traveling tour that began in November and ends May 23. 
“We could not be more excited to partner with Junior Achievement to further our mission to educate our youth on the fundamentals of budgeting, saving, and managing money,” said Laurie Kresl, Chief Marketing Officer of Unitus. “Mastering these skills early enables them to take control of their finances and make positive financial choices throughout their lives.”     


People cutting a ribbon

Staff at Unitus Credit Union hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the credit union’s new Gresham, Oregon, branch.

In other Unitus news, the credit union has opened its new Gresham, Oregon, branch. The branchwhich opened March 15, is Unitus’ fourth to open in the past 24 months and is located in Gresham Town Fair at 950 NW Eastman Parkway. 

The full-service branch offers a full slate of accounts, ATMs, and personal financial assistance. The credit union held a ribbon cutting on March 22. It will host a grand opening event on April 6. 

“Our members have been asking for a branch in Gresham for some time, and we’re delighted to deliver a full-service location,” said Unitus President and CEO Steven Stapp. “We are looking forward to engaging with the Gresham community and partnering more closely with the people and community organizations that make this city remarkable.” 
Oregon State Credit Union Announces Branch Manager Changes 

L-R: Laura Martinez, Danelle Kindred, Renata Walker.

Three employees have moved to new branch manager positions at Oregon State Credit Union. Renata Walker, Danelle Kindred, and Laura Martinez will lead the Oregon-based credit union’s branches in Philomath, Albany, and Monmouth, Oregon, respectively.

Walker, who previously served as the assistant branch manager at the Sunset Branch, will manage the Philomath branch. She started with Oregon State in 2011 in the Centralized Services Department, and moved into management roles within her first five years with the credit union.  

Kindred will move from branch manager of the Monmouth branch to the Albany branch. She started with Oregon State in 2009, and began the first of three management roles in 2013. She had previous experience in banking and as a real estate broker.  

Martinez has held the role of assistant branch manager in Keizer, Oregon, for the past six years, and will manage the Monmouth branch. With four years of previous credit union experience, she started her career at Oregon State in May of 2006 as a financial services consultant. 

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