Credit Union Young Professionals Fundraise for CU4Kids


Credit union professionals gather to raise funds for Credit Unions for Kids during the Hops for Hope fundraiser in late June. The event raised more than $10,000.

Credit Union Young Professionals are busy this summer, raising money for Credit Unions for Kids around the Northwest so that local children may receive the life-saving care they need at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Recently, the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington (YCUP) teamed up with the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions to host Hops for Hope, a fundraiser for Credit Unions for Kids, directly supporting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

The event, featuring a silent auction filled with baskets of local beer, cider, and assorted gift packages, raised more than $10,000. Speakers included Erin Olinghouse of the OHSU Doernbecher Foundation, as well as a patient and their family, who shared their experience at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

“We are thrilled to have surpassed our goal. I thank our supporters from the bottom of my heart for helping us make this dream a reality. Many families we may never meet are going to have their lives changed, and all due to the graciousness of Northwest businesses and credit unions,” said Michael Murdoch, President of YCUP.

Nick Coleman, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Credit Unions for Kids, echoed Murdoch’s sentiments.

“Credit Unions for Kids raises meaningful funds for children’s hospitals across the United States, especially in the Portland area, where nearly $1 million was raised for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in 2018,” Coleman said. “Events like Hops for Hope allow us to continue funding life-saving equipment, research, and advanced care for millions of children each year. We are very grateful for young credit union professionals that champion our cause and support kids in need.”

To see photos from Hops for Hope, visit the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions’ Facebook page.

$1 million Donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital During Mariners Game

Maddie Divelbiss with Verity Credit Union volunteers at the Credit Unions for Kids table during the recent Mariners game.

On June 22, a $1 million check was presented to Seattle Children’s Hospital, representing funds raised over a three-year period. The fundraising efforts were part of a larger, five-year commitment, resulting in construction of the hospital’s sixth-floor skybridge.

The second annual Credit Unions for Kids Day at the Mariners was organized by the Seattle Children’s Credit Unions for Kids Advisory Group, with support from local YCUP members.

Advisory group members presented the check to Seattle Children’s Hospital patient, 13-year-old Shalmoa McCay, and her family. Shaloma was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Leukemia and Lymphoma when she was 9. After treatment, she graduated to long-term care, and now is a second-degree blackbelt in Taekwondo. It was her first Mariners game, and she got to do it up in style, joining others on the field during the check presentation.

Members of YCUP from the Seattle area set up a table at the concourse, raising funds for Credit Unions for Kids during the game and sharing the Credit Union Difference with fans.

“One of the best parts of Credit Unions for Kids is seeing how credit unions and micro-communities come together to make a bigger impact. That cooperative spirit was in full display with the Credit Union for Kids Day at the Mariners event, where everyone from young professionals to CEOs pitched in to make a difference,” said Carmen Vigil, Director of Cooperative Momentum, with NWCUA.

Next up, sports fans and credit union supporters will come together at the Seattle Sounders game on Aug. 10, when the Sounders take on the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field. Tickets are $27, and may be purchased here.

For every ticket sold, $5 will be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Games and prizes will be available at the Toyota Fan Deck. For groups of 10 or more people, contact Andrew Evans at 206-512-1218. A commemorative Credit Unions for Kids scarf will also be available for purchase.

If you would like to volunteer on Aug. 10 or get involved with the Credit Unions for Kids Advisory Group, contact Northwest Credit Union Association Director of Cooperative Momentum, Carmen Vigil.

Posted in CU4Kids, Micro-Communities.