InRoads Donates More Than $51K to Local High Schools


InRoads Credit Union donated funds to three local Oregon high schools for its “Team Up For Schools” program.

In a continuing effort to support the community and local schools this yearInRoads Credit Union in St. Helens, Oregon, presented three Columbia County high schools a combined total donation of $51,530.30. 

Calling the program “Team Up For Schools,” the credit union works year-round with members to raise money by offering to pledge 5¢ for every debit card transaction made using a high-school-themed card. Credit union members can choose to support their school’s mascot: Lions, Indians, or Columbians.  

For the 20182019 school year, InRoads donated $26,785.45 to St. Helens High School; $5,581.70 to Rainier High School; and $19,163.15 to Scappoose High School. Brooke Van VleetInRoads Credit Union President and CEO, and other credit union executives presented the checks to each school board. 

“Year after year, this has been a huge success for the whole community,” said Van Vleet. “Our members love the Team Up for Schools program and so do the schools.” 

To learn more and see the mascot-themed cards, visit InRoads online.

STCU Opens Larger Branch to Serve Bonner County Members  

STCU's new Ponderay, Idaho, branch.

STCU’s new Ponderay, Idaho, branch.

STCU members won’t have to travel far to find the credit union’s relocated branch in Ponderay, Idaho, that opened this month. It sits just 300 feet from its previous branch that opened a decade ago in this northern Idaho city. Although it’s comparable in terms of location, that’s the only thing that’s similar. 

At 4,100 square feet, the new building was designed in a mountain-contemporary style by ALSC Architects. It is double the size of the previous building and offers three drive-through lanes with teller and ATM access, as well as a 24-hour walk-up ATM.  

When the Bonner County branch opened 10 years ago, STCU had 73,000 members. It now serves 192,000 members and expects to continue to grow. Branch Manager Stacey Darley has seen the changes and looks forward to serving members from the new space.  

“As more people joined, we outgrew our space. We look forward to stretching out and serving members in the new building – and there’s room to grow,” said Darley. 

The credit union has five North Idaho branch locations with a sixth location planned to open in Rathdrum this year. Approximately 15 percent of STCU members live in northern Idaho.

The credit union is also preparing to welcome Banner Bank customers from Sandpoint, Idaho. Pending regulatory approval, Banner and STCU have agreed the credit union will provide a home for clients of the closing Banner Sandpoint branch. STCU has also offered jobs to the bank’s Sandpoint branch employees.  

Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union Opens First New Branch in 20 Years 

Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union has opened a new branch in Chehalis, Washington.

Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union has opened a new branch in Chehalis, Washington.

When its charter began more than 65 years ago, Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union served Weyerhaeuser employees and their families, and in the past six decades grew to serve members in Grays Harbor and other Pacific counties. Now the credit union has expanded into the Lewis County market, with a branch opening in Walmart in Chehalis, Washington. 

Great NorthWest has grown steadily year over year, both in assets and in membership. And although the Lewis County market is competitive, Great NorthWest President and CEO Doug Page believes that the credit union is in the right place and will appeal to new members who have expectations similar to their current membership.  

“Competitive loan rates, great employeesand a growing catalog of products and services keep us competitive. Moving ahead, we have just launched some new checking products that offer cash back and higher dividends along with other perks. With a focus on digital solutions, we are always looking to expand current products and services, while seeking new technology to better serve our members,” said Page. 

Currently with $155 million in assets and more than 16,000 members, Great NorthWest serves members in Grays Harbor, Pacific, Mason, Lewis, and Wahkiakum counties. The credit union has branch locations in Aberdeen, Raymond, Long Beach, Ocean Park, and Chehalis. 

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