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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

Rogue Credit Union CEO Gene Pelham Named to Lead NWCUF Board

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation Board of Directors elected officers for its Board of Directors and welcomed two new Board members during NWCUA’s MAXX 2021 annual convention. Gene Pelham, President and CEO of Rogue Credit Union in Medford, Ore., was named Chair of the Foundation Board by his peers during a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. […]

Posted October 26, 2021 in NWCUF Board

Northwest Credit Unions Stepped Up to Help Students with College Expenses

The skyrocketing cost of a college education is no secret. The Federal Reserve reports that in the second quarter of 2021, Americans owed a whopping $1.73 trillion in student loans. Student debt is so prevalent it became a major topic during the 2020 elections. It’s a complex issue that’s especially hard on low-income and first-generation […]

Posted October 26, 2021 in Asset Building, MESA

Rural Credit Unions Are Evolving with Help from NWCUF

The Northwest is constantly changing. Its storied landscapes, diverse communities, and economy never stop evolving. As the financial needs of Northwest residents shift, credit unions continually strive for new innovations that meet those needs. That is especially true in rural areas where remoteness, evolving economies, and sometimes, banks closing branches or leaving, make it challenging […]

Posted August 18, 2021 in Rural Access

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

Do You Know How to Prepare for Wildfires?

While Hotshot crews work gallantly to battle Oregon’s 400,000-plus acre Bootleg wildfire, hundreds of other blazes are burning across the Northwest. NWCUA’s Wildfire Resource Center provides information to prepare your credit union, employees, directors, and members for a wildfire in your area. Helpful links allow you to monitor every active wildfire in the region so […]

Posted July 27, 2021 in Disaster Relief

With Wildfire Season Upon Us, NWCUF is Here to Help

With unseasonably high temperatures and dry conditions across the Northwest, we’re already seeing wildfires across the region. Oregon’s Bootleg Fire is the largest in the nation, having already burned more than 360,000 acres. As if that weren’t enough, an estimated 90% of the area is experiencing drought conditions. Hopefully, your community will be spared from […]

Posted July 20, 2021 in Disaster Relief

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