Lighthouse Community Credit Union Helps Low-Income Families in Vancouver, Washington


Enthusiastic bidders lifted their paddles to help raise funds for families in need recently at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Washington, on Sept. 6, during Lighthouse Community Credit Union’s Financial Network’s Inaugural Steps to Success Fundraiser. 

“Lighthouse is … helping people find hope and freedom,” Lighthouse Financial Foundation Board Chairman, Brett Bryant, told attendees. Bryant touched on what he calls “The Lighthouse Story” to the crowd of over 100. It’s a story about a passionate group of people with financial institution backgrounds who came together with a mission to end intergenerational poverty in Clark County and created the Lighthouse Network.

The network is comprised of the Lighthouse Credit Union, a CDFI- and LID-designated credit union, the Lighthouse Resource Center (LRC), and the Lighthouse Financial Foundation (LFF). The network’s first event, a dinner and paddle raise, brought in over $108,000!

“This is an amazing event for a remarkable community asset. I will be back every year to support this,” remarked Larry Hoff, retired CEO of Fibre Federal Credit Union, and now Washington state Representative who was in attendance.

The money will be available via grants from the Lighthouse Financial Foundation to both LHCCU and the LRC. Lighthouse, formerly known as Cascade Forest Products Credit Union, serves members in three low-income neighborhoods of Clark County. It has a community charter and specializes in ITIN lending, Ways to Work loans (through Metropolitan Family Services), and other products like Credit Builder Loans and 2nd Chance Checking accounts.

The Lighthouse Resource Center is located just two doors down from the main LHCCU branch and provides vital financial coaching and classes to members of the community on budgeting, home ownership, and building credit.

The most memorable and passionate speaker of the evening, Landra Glover, a Lighthouse Resource Center counselor said, “I wish you could see the joy in the faces of those I help as they grab control of their finances and start taking the steps to financial freedom.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the Lighthouse story, reach out to LHCCU’s President and CFO, Steve Bernhoft via email, or call 360-694-8329.

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