Consolidated Community CU’s New Branches, Technology Enhance Member and Employee Experience

Portland-based Consolidated Community Credit Union completed an aggressive plan to open or remodel three branches and roll out a suite of online and mobile technology—all in 18 months.

Oregon Representatives John Davis, Tobias Read Receive Community Impact Awards at NWCUA’s Signature Advocacy Event

A grassroots army of advocates didn’t let Oregon’s short, 35-day legislative session stop them from reminding lawmakers of the cooperative value the state’s 63 credit unions generate for their 1.8 million members. Thursday’s 2016 Legislative Lunch at the Oregon Capitol included visits to the offices of Representatives and Senators.

Oregon Representatives John Davis, Tobias Read Receive Community Impact Awards at NWCUA’s Signature Advocacy Event

A grassroots army of advocates didn’t let Oregon’s short, 35-day legislative session stop them from reminding lawmakers of the cooperative value the state’s 63 credit unions generate for their 1.8 million members. Thursday’s 2016 Legislative Lunch at the Oregon Capitol included visits to the offices of Representatives and Senators.

From Robbery to Advocacy: Rachel Pross Honored as Young CU Pro of the Year

From a small, struggling credit union in Arizona to a leading role in the Northwest movement, Rachel Pross has made a huge impact in a short time. And it all started with a robbery.

Verity Credit Union Collaborates With Local Artists on Truth Campaign

The campaign includes television spots in select Seattle markets and represents a deep investment in brand and community.

Loyal to this Outfit: How USAgencies Earned the Loyalty of One Veteran

How one credit union’s extraordinary personal service won over a loyal member not just for life, but for generations.

WSECU Members Dig Deep for Nonprofit Farm

For its first ever Member Volunteer Day, WSECU rallied its members to volunteer at Olympia-based nonprofit GRuB. A terrific video captures the day.

Fibre Federal Gives 300+ High School Students a Taste of the ‘Real World’

The credit union hosted its largest ever financial reality fair, drawing students from eight high schools for financial education event.

The Difference: Single Mother Gets Two More Hours With Her Kids, Every Day

Annie Graye raises three kids by herself and was commuting an hour and a half each way for work, until Red Canoe Credit Union helped her get a new home.

Training Gives Newest CUDE Grads a ‘Renewed Sense of Hope’ and ‘Increased Passion’

Three leaders of the Northwest credit union movement can now add CUDE to their titles after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Educator training. Says Maps Credit Union’s Oscar Porras: “CUDE has really become a part of who I am now. It isn’t just a designation.”

Having an Impact: Does Committee Service Really Matter?

With the NWCUA announcing its committee rosters for 2014 this week, Anthem asked Scott Burgess, Rivermark Community Credit Union’s president and CEO, to reflect on the Oregon Governmental Affairs Committee’s accomplishments in 2013 and look forward to the coming year, when he’ll return as its co-chair.

Metsger Tells Oregon Credit Unions: Maintain the Public’s Trust

Higher interest rates are coming, new NCUA board member Rick Metsger said during a swing through Oregon this week, and he urged credit unions to have plans in place now to manage risk and protect their reputation.

How Good is Your Credit Union’s Online Experience, Really?

An expert in predicting how technology changes consumer behavior pushed credit union executives into investing much more in their online presence. Rob Rubin was a featured presenter at the NWCUA/CUES Executive Summit.

Oregon Students Embrace Budgeting Reality at Credit Union ‘Reality Fair’

While legislators struggled to patch together a balanced budget that addresses healthcare, education and other vital services, area high school students came to the Oregon State Capitol Wednesday to try their own hand at budgeting for life’s essential needs.

What HB 1582 Really Means for Washington State-Chartered Credit Unions

With two NWCUA-sponsored bills moving quickly through the Washington State Legislature, credit unions should begin looking ahead at how the bill will affect them should Gov. Jay Inslee sign it into law.

Express Advantage’s Dave Sieminski to Join CFPB’s Office of Financial Empowerment

Dave Sieminski, managing director of Express Advantage Credit Union, has accepted a position in the CFPB’s Office of Financial Empowerment, a division whose work focuses specifically on leveling the playing field for low- and moderate-income consumers and empowering them to make better financial decisions.

Longview Acupuncture Clinic Stands as Monument to MBL Success Stories

An Acupuncture clinic in Longview, Wash., found some financial love from a credit union that it couldn’t find at a bank. Acupuncture Northwest is another MBL success story that could be repeated if Congress will act to lift the lending cap.

Five Northwest Credit Union Pros Earn Coveted ‘Development Educator’ Designation

Five credit union professionals from the Northwest recently earned the title of Credit Union Development Educator: Steve Pagenstecher (Valley), Teresa Shively (Gesa), Sasha Kemble (Verity), Mitzi Smith (Maps) and Josh Bergman (WSECU).