Northwest Credit Union Chapters Step Up to Support Their Communities
Embracing the cooperative spirit of the Credit Union Movement, two credit union Chapters lend a helping hand to those in need amid COVID-19.
As “stay–at–home” orders remain in place, several credit union Chapters have had to cancel or postpone spring networking and fundraising events, but they’re not letting that stop them from supporting their communities when they need it most.
After postponing its May Luncheon indefinitely due to the coronavirus, the King County Chapter of Credit Unions, based in King County, Washington, donated to the COVID-19 “greatest needs” fund at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“The King County Chapter of Credit Union’s mission is to support local credit unions and the community we serve,” said Kayci Holland, Chapter President. “We were unable to host our May Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however we wanted express our continued commitment and unity among the local credit unions in King County. As a Chapter, we have a great history and partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, therefore it was a clear choice to donate to the COVID-19 greatest needs fund.”
Examples of greatest needs include setting up curbside screening for patients outside of the emergency department, establishing drive-thru testing for staff, and purchasing additional personal protective equipment for care providers. The Chapter’s donation will help support the continued safety for Seattle Children’s Hospital staff, patients, and their families during this time.
In response to the pandemic, the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions, based in Portland, has partnered with Bienestar, a local nonprofit, to raise money for the Esperanza Fund, which provides emergency assistance for families affected by COVID-19.
“The Cascadia Chapter was thrilled to see the quick response from our peers and credit unions in the Pacific Northwest when we asked for help to raise money for the Esperanza Fund,” said Sarah Buck, Cascadia Chapter President. “In just one short week, we were able to get enough donations to match our $1,500 donation and then some. We have raised an additional $2,460 for a total donation of $3,960, which will be able to help families buy groceries, pay their rent, and overall give them some peace of mind in this uncertain time.”
The Northwest Credit Union Association’s Chapter program promotes unity among credit unions in a local area through communication, networking, training, and participation in community, state, and national projects that support the cooperative spirit of the Credit Union Movement.