NWCUF Grantee Spotlight: Mid Oregon Credit Union Shares Insights on How it is Addressing Workforce Housing Hurdles in Bend

Like so many regions across the Northwest, Bend, Oregon is experiencing inflated housing costs, which has driven the workforce further and further away from their places of employment. Mid Oregon Credit Union knew they had a role to play to address this urgent housing problem, and in June of 2019, the credit union partnered with the Northwest Credit […]

Posted August 19, 2020 in Economic Empowerment, Workforce Housing

NWCUF Offers Digital Resources and Support to Bring Financial Education to Young People Across the Northwest

The economic impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of financial education and financial management skills in our communities. To help address that need, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is offering tools for credit unions to support engagement with young people about financial literacy, money management, and business planning to prepare them in building a […]

Posted August 19, 2020 in Asset Building

NWCUF’s Scholarship Program Empowers Credit Union Employees to Grow Through Professional Development

Since its inception, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation has been a consistent resource for credit union employees, ensuring they have access to the training they need to successfully serve their credit unions and communities. At a time when credit unions may be tightening their training budget belts, a scholarship from NWCUF can be a valuable […]

Posted August 13, 2020 in Cooperative Development

Oregon Credit Unions Unite to Help Small Businesses

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest credit unions helped thousands of small businesses obtain Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster loans. Credit Union Movement leaders have been frustrated, however, that so many truly small businesses — those with fewer than 25 employees and sole proprietorships — were left behind. Minorities, women, and […]

Posted July 17, 2020 in Credit Union Response

SBA Loan Keeps Boise Family’s Barber Shop Business Afloat

Getting a great haircut can feel life-changing, but for Liz and Anthony Madrid, giving other people haircuts is what actually changed their lives. In 2017, the husband-and-wife duo left their corporate careers to start Madrid Barber — a one-chair, luxury barbershop in downtown Boise. Though both are certified professional barbers, Anthony handles most of the […]

Posted July 16, 2020 in Community Impact

NWCUF Brings Biz Kid$ Back This Coming School Year

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed personal finance and business skills at the forefront of our minds, and has illuminated the importance of emergency savings, budgeting, and building small businesses that can weather financial storms. The national financial literacy initiative, Biz Kid$, is a great answer to that need. The program’s free resources are widely supported by credit […]

Posted July 16, 2020 in Biz Kid$

NWCUF Supports Canopy Credit Union’s Rental Assistance Program

In 2019, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation awarded a Workforce Housing Planning grant to Canopy Credit Union. The credit union partnered with Strategic Research Associates to use the grant dollars for community focus groups, which examined renters’ needs and the needs of affordable housing agencies.   After assessing opportunities for innovative financial services, Canopy, based in Spokane, Washington, launched a rental assistance loan to help members in low-income and underserved communities in […]

Posted June 24, 2020 in Workforce Housing

Credit Unions Support Local Businesses, Nonprofits Through Difficult Times

The COVID-19 health crisis continues to disrupt daily life across the world, but as times get tougher, Northwest credit unions work harder to provide steadfast support for their communities. It’s the Credit Union Difference!  In Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, credit unions find creative ways to keep local businesses, charities, and other organizations going strong. Read […]

Posted May 21, 2020 in Community Impact

Credit Unions Ramp up Online Financial Education During COVID-19 Crisis

Idaho, Oregon, and Washington have issued stay-at-home orders, forcing residents to find ways to pass the time. In addition, many are experiencing financial hardship as they ride out the COVID-19 crisis. Credit unions understand the frustration and financial struggles, so they’re stepping up to offer even more online financial education. Several Northwest credit unions have […]

Posted May 21, 2020 in Community Impact