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Idaho Credit Unions Leverage NWCUF Project Grants to Support Rural Communities

There are numerous rural communities across the Northwest, each with their own unique history, geography, traditions, and demographics. In Idaho, 88% of the land area is classified as rural, and populations living in these areas have specific financial needs credit unions are helping to meet. In early 2021, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation launched the […]

Posted April 19, 2022 in Community Impact, NWCUF

Supporting the Farms that Feed Us

Hard-working farms in Idaho and Lewis Counties help to put pork, chicken, beef, and lamb on families’ dinner tables. They also produce wheat, barley, chickpeas, canola, and other pulse crops. When it’s time to get ready for the growing season, farmers know they can count on their financial partners at Cottonwood Community Federal Credit Union […]

Posted January 25, 2022 in Community Impact

Urban League Partners with Five Portland CUs to Advance Financial Well-Being of Black Oregonians

Five Portland-area credit unions and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation have partnered with the Urban League of Portland to advance the financial well-being of Black Oregonians. The new pilot program, called the Financial Empowerment Collaborative (FEC), will foster financial empowerment in Portland’s Black community and provide solid pathways for participants on their path to financial and housing […]

Posted November 9, 2021 in Community Impact

How SELCO is Helping to Solve Houselessness in Lane County

Communities across America are grappling with houselessness — and none more so than Eugene, Oregon, which led the nation in per capita houselessness as recently as 2019. According to the most recent Homeless By Name dashboard, there were a total of 3,286 individuals in emergency shelter, transitional housing, or unsheltered living situations in Lane County, […]

Posted August 17, 2021 in Community Impact

Newrizons FCU Uses CDFI Grant to Support Immigrant Community

Newrizons Federal Credit Union has always known its niche. Located in Hoquiam, Washington, the credit union serves seasonal workers in industries such as fishing, timber, mill work, and hospitality. The area has a large immigrant population, and many residents are low-income, unemployed, or underemployed at some point during the year. It’s a community Newrizons has […]

Posted July 20, 2021 in Community Impact

Columbia CU Leverages Community Relationships for Critical Pandemic Relief

6/29/2021 Columbia Credit Union has long made it a priority to partner with organizations in Southwest Washington to serve its members and communities in the best ways possible. When COVID-19 hit, the sheer need for help during the pandemic was unprecedented and called for an unparalleled response. To answer that call, the Vancouver-based cooperative not […]

Posted July 2, 2021 in Community Impact

Numerica Credit Union Awards $300,000 in Community Grants

5/4/2021 Numerica Credit Union recently awarded $300,000 in community grants to 30 nonprofit organizations across the Northwest. The credit union’s Charitable Fund is focused on addressing systemic issues facing the region. The nonprofits receiving 2021 grants stood out for innovative, inclusive, and collaborative efforts making a deep impact in areas such as generational poverty, hunger, […]

Posted June 2, 2021 in Community Impact

Using Community Data to Understand Members’ Unique Needs

3/23/21 Last week, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation convened more than 70 credit union leaders, where they had the opportunity to hear from United Way representatives from across the region during the event, Meeting Member Needs — Using Data to Drive Impact. United Way walked credit unions through the latest ALICE reports for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, showcasing […]

Posted March 24, 2021 in Community Impact

Mountain America and ICCU Educate Idahoans During Idaho Financial Literacy Day

Every year, the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition gathers at the Boise Capitol for a day in February to share the coalition’s financial literacy efforts and resources with local lawmakers. This year, Mountain America Credit Union and Idaho Central Credit Union joined several organizations, including IDeal, the Idaho Department of Finance, and the University of Idaho […]

Posted March 19, 2021 in Community Impact