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Credit unions give generously to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Credit Unions for Kids
Credit unions give generously to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Credit Unions for Kids
Northwest Credit Unions Contribute $320K to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (Photo) - 05/16/17

TIGARD, OR;-- While it may be rare in most industries for businesses to ditch their competitive models, and collaborate, it's typical in the world of credit unions. As not-for-profit, cooperative, financial services providers, credit unions are owned by their members, and working together to serve communities is in their "DNA."

This spring, six regional Children's Miracle Network(CMN) hospitals received red wagons stuffed with toys and games sure to make a child's hospital stay a little less scary. Along with that good cheer was $320,330.04 in cash to fund research, support for families of hospitalized children, and lifesaving medical equipment. For example, $10,000.00 will buy a critical care crib, and $500 will buy a fetal heart monitor.

The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) annual Credit Unions for Kids auction. Credit Unions for Kids is the national credit union movement's "charity of choice" and has raised over $150 million in behalf of 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"Credit Unions for Kids was founded here in the Northwest and we're proud of the difference we are making supporting CMN hospitals, patients, and their families." said Carmen Vigil, community manager for the NWCUA. "When you think about the fact that any given day, 16,000 kids are treated in a CMN emergency room, or that every hour, 39 babies are treated in the newborn ICUs, there is a real need for the work credit unions are doing."

In Portland, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital received $100,950.01 from credit unions participating in the NWCUA auction. In addition to that event, individual credit unions in the Portland area hold events each year ranging from "jeans days" to golf tournaments to raise money for Credit Unions for Kids.

If your news outlet would like to interview a credit union about its work for this legacy charity, please email lheider@nwcua.org or call (503)329-7208.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory, and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support, and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

The Spokane Credit Union Community gives generously to Children's Miracle Network hospitals through Credit Unions for Kids
The Spokane Credit Union Community gives generously to Children's Miracle Network hospitals through Credit Unions for Kids
Northwest Credit Unions Contribute $320K to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (Photo) - 05/16/17

SEATAC, WA;-- While it may be rare in most industries for businesses to ditch their competitive models, and collaborate, it's typical in the world of credit unions. As not-for-profit, cooperative, financial services providers, credit unions are owned by their members, and working together to serve communities is in their "DNA."

This spring, six regional Children's Miracle Network(CMN) hospitals received red wagons stuffed with toys and games sure to make a child's hospital stay a little less scary. Along with that good cheer was $320,330.04 in cash to fund research, support for families of hospitalized children, and lifesaving medical equipment. For example, $10,000.00 will buy a critical care crib, and $500 will buy a fetal heart monitor.

The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) annual Credit Unions for Kids auction. Credit Unions for Kids is the national credit union movement's "charity of choice" and has raised over $150 million in behalf of 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"Credit Unions for Kids was founded here in the Northwest and we're proud of the difference we are making supporting CMN hospitals, patients, and their families." said Carmen Vigil, community manager for the NWCUA. "When you think about the fact that any given day, 16,000 kids are treated in a CMN emergency room, or that every hour, 39 babies are treated in the newborn ICUs, there is a real need for the work credit unions are doing."

In Spokane, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital received $40,845.01 from credit unions participating in the NWCUA auction. In addition to that event, individual credit unions in the Spokane area hold events each year ranging from "jeans days" to golf tournaments to raise money for Credit Unions for Kids.

If your news outlet would like to interview a credit union about its work for this legacy charity, please email lheider@nwcua.org or call (503)329-7208.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6 million consumer members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory, and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support, and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

American Lake Credit Union Opens Lakewood Branch - 05/01/17

Credit union members now have a publicly accessible branch outside the Joint Base Lewis-McChord

[LAKEWOOD, WA] --American Lake Credit Union is proud to offer a new convenience serving the Lakewood community with its newest retail branch located at 9802 Gravelly Lake Dr SW.

"While we continue to honor and serve our members at our existing branches, we are proud to open the doors to our Lakewood branch, and provide new financial opportunities to the community residents," noted Kolin McMann, President and CEO of American Lake Credit Union. "We invested $1.3 million to remodel a former bank building, and we've turned it into a facility that will offer both personal services to local consumers, as well as cutting-edge technology and other conveniences."

Those services include Saturday hours (9 a.m. -1 p.m.) and an ATM which is part of a surcharge-free network, available to members of virtually any credit union. Eight new employees have been hired to work in the branch, McMann noted, adding that, "We are getting away from traditional teller lines and have created a modernized "teller pod" that will more personally connect our members with our staff."

Located at 9802 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW in Lakewood, the new branch opened its doors March 20. A highly-anticipated ribbon-cutting May 1 will make it official, with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and other local dignitaries taking part in the celebration.

American Lake Credit Union contributes significantly to the region's economy, according to an independent analysis performed by economists at ECONorthwest. As a not-for-profit cooperative owned by its members, the credit union delivered nearly $700,000 in local spending impact, as a result of member benefits such as lower fees and better interest rates that for-profit financial institutions are able to deliver. The economic survey found American Lake drove a total economic impact of over $4.8 million in the region through its supply chain spending, member benefits, and employee benefits.

"As a volunteer Board Member at American Lake Credit Union," said Glen Neal, Board Chair, "I see first-hand every day, the value and the impact credit unions offer to members. With our new branch, we are able to offer even more to local consumers and to our members."

WHAT: American Lake Credit Union Lakewood Branch Ribbon Cutting
WHEN: Monday, May 1, 2017 4:30PM
WHERE: 9802 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

American Lake Credit Union is a not-for-profit, cooperative credit union, serving over 5,900 members for more than 70 years, throughout Pierce County and the State of Washington.