Inspiring Community Impact Stories Shine a Light on Credit Unions’ Extraordinary Work

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As Northwest credit unions continue to submit their Community Impact Reporting Tool surveys this month, the stories they’ve already shared are true testaments to the Credit Union Difference.

The CIRT survey remains open until Oct. 30 — credit unions are encouraged to enter their data this week, if they have not yet done so. The survey is available online, and credit unions may want to watch this instructional video, first, for helpful submission tips.

“We knew Northwest credit unions went above and beyond — especially this winter and spring, as COVID-19 began to impact our region’s communities. The stories credit unions are submitting only proves that,” said Christine Ruzzi, Northwest Credit Union Association AVP of Enterprise Engagement.

Here’s a snapshot of what credit unions have shared through CIRT, so far:

East Idaho Credit Union: The credit union raised more than $34,000 for its Kicks for Kids program, which provides shoes for children all across eastern Idaho. It also donated funds to nine area foodbanks, to help those in need when COVID-19 first began impacting families.

First Tech Federal Credit Union: The credit union made a $35,000 charitable donation to Chicas Makerspace, designed to inspire young Latinas to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. First Tech also supported Adelante Mujeres’ Sustainable Agriculture Program, which promotes sustainable food production among independent farmers.

Red Canoe Credit Union: The credit union launched the Logistically Improving Advanced Development Program (LEAD) to help children become the next generation of leaders. In partnership with local non-profits and the local school district, LEAD provides youth with a six-week program focused on emotional intelligence, personal development, financial education, and community activism.

“These stories are just the tip of the iceberg — this information will be undeniably powerful when we share them with lawmakers in 2021,” Ruzzi said.

Last year, credit unions shared CIRT data and stories with lawmakers in Boise, Salem, Olympia, and Washington, D.C., during multiple advocacy events. This year, CIRT is collecting 2019 information, as well as data and stories from January through June of 2020, to show lawmakers just how critical credit unions are, in good times as well as challenging ones. To read inspiring stories collected through CIRT in 2018, visit NWCUA’s website.

Celebrating Northwest Credit Unions’ Good Works

On Dec. 2, the Northwest credit union family will gather virtually for “Celebrating U,” An Online Gala Recognizing Credit Unions’ Extraordinary Service. Many of the stories submitted through CIRT will be highlighted during the gala, which is open to all NWCUA member credit unions and their staff. Register online for the gala, to run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. PST, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., MST. 

“Credit unions are essential — in the lives of their members and their communities. What they do, day in and day out, deserves special recognition,” Ruzzi said. “We can’t wait to celebrate these achievements together in December.”

Questions about the survey can be directed to Ruzzi. NWCUA is available to help any member credit unions with CIRT questions.

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