Northwest Credit Unions Jump in to Support Communities Impacted by Coronavirus

In a dark time, credit unions provide a ray of light, reminding members that they stand with them.

3/31/2020

Credit unions continue to deliver exceptional service to their members during this unprecedented, difficult time. Knowing that tough times mean their communities need more support than ever, Northwest credit unions are joining forces with local charities to ease the burden COVID-19 is causing for so many.

Several Idaho credit unions, including Westmark Credit Union and Idaho Central Credit Union, sponsored and donated to the Bannock Virtual BBQ, which took place March 27. The event aimed to raise money for The Idaho Foodbank, which is currently running low due to local businesses closing amid shelter-in-place orders. Volunteers hoped to sell at least 250 meals during the virtual barbecue — the equivalent of $3,750 for the food bank. All purchased meals were personally delivered by first responders.

Portland-based OnPoint Community Credit Union announced that it is donating $5,000 to Yamhill Community Action Partnership, which works to help improve the lives of low-income children and adults. The credit union’s generous donation will help bring nourishing food to people and families throughout Yamhill County, support transitional shelters, and place individuals into stable housing.

Several employees of Horizon Credit Union, based in Spokane Valley, Washington, recently volunteered for Meals on Wheels programs to meet the needs of homebound individuals who didn’t have access to basic necessities, like food and toilet paper.

Kathleen Schilb, Community Relations Administrator for Horizon Credit Union, prepares to deliver rolls of toilet paper to homebound individuals in the Greater Spokane area through Meals on Wheels.

Kathleen Schilb, Community Relations Administrator at Horizon, contacted the credit union’s paper supplier and struck a deal with them: Horizon would buy and donate 12 cases of toilet paper, and the paper supplier would donate five. In addition to meals, Horizon staff delivered around 1,600 toilet paper rolls to people in the Spokane and Colville areas.

To help ensure children don’t go hungry while schools are closed due to COVID-19, Fibre Federal Credit Union, based in Longview, Washington, recently pledged to donate up to $55,000 toward meal programs for students in Washington and Oregon school districts. The funds will supplement state-funded breakfasts and lunches already offered by schools.

“Taking care of our youth and helping create equitable access to economic stability are two very important tenets of our corporate mission,” said Community Development Manager for Fibre. “Meeting the needs of vulnerable students and families during this challenging time is one way we can carry out those goals.”

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, impacting every state, city, and town, Northwest credit unions are committed to helping their communities stand strong through it all.

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