HAPO Credit Union Rallies Community to Make Children’s Playroom Dream a Reality

When they’re not helping individuals achieve financial wellness through valuable guidance, purposeful products, and top-notch services, credit unions are teaming up with members of their community to make other kinds of magic happen.

The Tri-City Union Gospel Mission in Pasco, Washington, recently approached HAPO Community Credit Union with a special request: to transform an old, outdated room into a safe and welcoming space for kids of all ages.

The project kicked off soon after HAPO agreed to spearhead the special request and gathered a cohort of fellow community partners to join in. Some of the items on the Union Gospel Mission’s wish list included a TV, Xbox, arts and crafts, new flooring and paint, toys, and much more. The result? A 1,400 square-foot bright and airy play area uniquely designed to serve and delight the kids who frequent it each day.

Many local partners stepped up to help make this project all that was desired and then some. Hayden Homes and New Home Star provided an abundance of toys for children to play with. McCurley Integrity Subaru donated a TV for the playroom, which will provide endless movie nights for the kids and their moms staying at the shelter. Mid-Columbia Libraries worked closely with its generous Friends of the Library groups to donate over 400 gently used books, and library staff plan to visit and host storytime as well as arts and craft days at the Mission.

Additionally, the once-drab room now boasts new flooring and fresh paint, and special art pieces created by HAPO employees adorn the walls.

Watch the video below to see how this community project unfolded.

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Posted in Community Impact, CU Difference.