Credit Unions’ Holiday Giveback Brings Much-Needed Support to Northwest Communities

For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of year. Spending time with loved ones, enjoying the ultimate comfort food and drinks, and helping others in need — as the days grow shorter and darker, these simple pleasures make this time so merry and bright. But for others, the holidays present unique and difficult challenges.

That’s why credit unions go the extra mile to make a difference for those who need support the most. Here are just some of the ways Northwest credit unions spread holiday cheer this season:

  • Advantis Credit Union adopted 11 local families in need through the Christmas Family Adoption Foundation. Staff wrapped gifts and assembled gift baskets for the chosen families, which were nominated by local social services agencies.
  • Alaska USA FCU staff rolled up their sleeves and served over 900 military families during Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military annual food drive.
  • Clarity Credit Union teamed up with Santa to support the Advocates Against Family Violence Food Drive. In November, staff members also volunteered with the Traveling Table food pantry to distribute Thanksgiving food items to families in need.
  • Staff from East Idaho CU surprise a local community member with $100.

    East Idaho Credit Union chose six children from Walmart’s Angel Tree and purchased every single gift on their Christmas lists. The credit union also bought Christmas dinner for a nominated family in need and delivered it to their home as well as a surprise: $1000 to help with home repairs. Additionally, East Idaho staff went out into their communities handing out cash, paying for meals, and doing other random acts of kindness. Check out the credit union’s TikTok page to see this community impact work in action.

  • Fibre Federal Credit Union sponsored the volunteer firefighters’ barbecue during a local Shop with a Cop event benefitting nearly 150 children from low-income families.
  • Gesa Credit Union supported more than 80 families this holiday season and collected 555 toys for children at hospitals and medical clinics across Washington.
  • Idaho Central Credit Union spent the entire month of December doing random acts of kindness in the community, held a holiday giveaway for a $250 gift card, donated $1,000 in food items to local families, and more. Check out this great video from Idaho’s KTVB on ICCU’s food donation efforts.
  • InRoads Credit Union donated $1,000 to a different organization every day of its Week of Giving, including Elks Veterans Bunker, lifempowered, Community Action Team Lend a Hand program, Columbia Learning Center, Gales Creek Camp, and HOPE of Rainier. The credit union brought awareness to each of the nonprofits through a series of videos shared on social media.
  • iQ Credit Union’s Spirit Week raised over $37,000 for the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Rood Family Pavilion.
  • Mid Oregon Credit Union’s Holiday Dough fundraiser collected early $9,000 for local charities, surpassing its record for 2020 and nearly tripling the fundraising totals from 2019. The proceeds provide much-needed food, clothing, and shelter for vulnerable individuals and families during the holiday season.
  • Mountain America Credit Union partnered with the Davis Education Foundation to bring some holiday cheer to three elementary schools. Through the “The Elves and the Shoemaker” event, 160 kindergartners each received brand new socks and shoes to help keep them warm this winter.
  • North Coast Credit Union hosted fundraisers for local food banks throughout November and matched all donations for a total of $6,255.
  • Numerica Credit Union partnered with eight nonprofits and contributed $125,000 to place at least 20-plus homeless families into permanent homes — just in time for the holidays.
  • Pioneer Federal Credit Union’s Meridian branch hosted a clothing drive for Meridian Elementary School, collecting sweatpants, coats, and other clothing items to keep kids warm this winter.
  • PrimeSource Credit Union purchased Christmas gifts for a family of four as part of the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program.
  • Progressions Credit Union donated $2,000 to the Hutton Settlement Children’s Home, an organization that has provided safe, stable, and nurturing homes for children in Spokane for more than 100 years.
  • P1FCU delivered turkey dinners with all the fixings to more than 140 families across the Northwest and donated over $57,000 to local nonprofits and communities during its annual Season of Giving.
  • STCU donated $300,000 to 30 area organizations focused on education, workforce development, and homelessness as part of its annual Season of Giving. The credit union also surprised 34 local libraries with $1000 on Giving Tuesday, thanking them for all they do and all the resources they provide to the community.

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