More than 85 Volunteers from Spokane-Area Credit Unions Joined Forces to Celebrate International Credit Union Day


Volunteers from Spokane-area credit unions gather for a team photo.

Representatives from Spokane’s 19 area credit unions brought to life the “People Helping People” philosophy for International Credit Union Day on Oct. 17, by joining forces to support Mid-City Concerns Senior Center, a branch of Meals on Wheels Spokane.

The day was jam-packed with productive activities. Volunteers deep cleaned the center’s kitchen, painted walls and bookshelves, and helped organize. They also assembled and delivered dozens of “Go-Stay” bags that will ensure seniors have their basic needs covered in case of an emergency.

Together, credit unions raised more than $35,000 to cover the costs associated with the project and to provide the center with a new utility van. The van will be used to help seniors get to and from the center and will proudly feature a “donated by Spokane area credit unions” message on the sides.

“We’re blessed to have such involved credit unions in our area,” said Sarah Hall, Development Director at Meals on Wheels Spokane. “The time and funds being put into this project will not only provide crucial resources for our seniors, but will provide them with a comfortable space to feel welcome in a world that so often rejects them.”

MAXX 2019 Involvement

Volunteers get to work revitalizing the Center.

Credit union professionals attending the CUNA Management School Alumni and CUDE Networking Breakfast at MAXX 2019 also joined in on the fun. Attendees spent time creating hundreds of personalized cards that will be delivered to seniors on their birthdays in the coming year ― so that they know someone from a credit union is thinking of them. 

“Credit unions are, by nature, a reflection of their community’s values,” said Wendie Ellis, Director of Payment Services at Horizon Credit Union, and President of the Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions. “Our local credit unions celebrate International Credit Union Day every October by joining together to give back to programs that help our underserved populations.”

Meals on Wheels Spokane and Mid-City Concerns Senior Center hosted a grand re-opening of the facility on Oct. 23.  

Credit union professionals sign personalized birthday cards at the CUNA Management School Alumni and CUDE Networking breakfast at MAXX 2019.

“My favorite part of this project is that 19 credit unions came together as a single group,” said Kathleen Schilb, Community Relations Administrator at Horizon Credit Union. “This not only furthers the entire Credit Union Movement, but also puts the principle of “Cooperation Among Cooperatives” into action in a very tangible way. All 85 volunteers wore a ‘People Helping People’ T-shirt that says, ‘Spokane Credit Unions’ on the back, which is a beautiful show of solidarity.” 

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation provided the group with a $5,000 grant to help make the collaborative effort possible.

Community projects were not the only way credit unions around the world celebrated the day. Some held open houses, provided financial education courses, offered special promotions, and recognized members for exceptional service to the community.

Questions about International Credit Union Day may be directed to Carmen Vigil, Northwest Credit Union Association’s Director of Cooperative Momentum.

Watch Spokane-area volunteers in action on International Credit Union Day 2019.

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