Serving the Caregivers who are Serving on COVID-19’s Frontlines
May 5, 2020
Healthcare workers serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response have a lot of worries — exposure to a virus for which there is no vaccine, long hours, little rest, and an abundance of stress.
Portland-based Providence Federal Credit Union, which serves more than 16,000 healthcare workers in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, Nevada, Alaska, and Texas, is doing as much as possible to serve the first responders who are serving COVID-19 patients.
In order to show their appreciation, the credit union recently sponsored healthy snack bags for nearly 7,000 caregivers working at Providence Hospital facilities across Oregon. Nutritional staff at the hospitals assembled the bags for the caregivers.
“This made my day,” said one of the healthcare workers in a card sent to the credit union.
The credit union’s team also put together a video shouting out to healthcare workers, whom they call #ProvidenceHeroes.
In addition to showing appreciation to caregivers, Providence FCU is also helping them to navigate the financial difficulties caused by COVID-19. Many healthcare workers live in households where one or more family members has lost a job, had their hours reduced, or incurred other unexpected hardships. These benefits include options to skip loan payments, and hardship personal loans to help offset lost income, medical bills, or childcare expenses. The credit union’s “Caregiver” loan is another option for employees of the Providence St. Joseph facilities — an alternative to much more expensive payday loans, with lower interest and flexible terms.
“The brave caregivers who are laboring so hard to help their communities during these unprecedented times deserve our heartfelt thanks and support,” said Shirley Cate, Providence FCU’s President and CEO.
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