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Give Your Wallet Some Love This Valentine's Day (Photo) - 02/13/18

Join an Oregon Credit Union and Ditch Those Annoying Fees!
TIGARD, OR.--. Flowers, chocolates, engagement rings, and acts of kindness are all great on Valentine's Day, but we have another idea: show your wallet some love. If your heart is broken over the high price of roses and candy, know that those treats might be more affordable if you avoid bank fees and join a local credit union.

Wouldn't you love to save over $250 a year in interest on your car loan? Don't you pine for free checking? Wouldn't it be sweet to use an ATM when you travel and not pay a fee for it? Couldn't you just kiss a credit card with a lower interest rate than other financial institutions are charging--up to 2.65 percent lower? * Those are the benefits two million Oregonians are loving, because they are credit union members.

The key difference between credit unions and other financial institutions is that credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives. If you're a member, you're an owner. Instead of paying Wall St. stockholders, credit unions return direct benefits to Main St. owners and that means you. Lower interest rates on loans and credit cards, networked, surcharge-free ATMs, and higher interest on your savings are just some of the benefits of credit union membership. That's a relationship worth being in!

Nearly all Oregon residents are eligible for credit union membership. Be #CUobsessed and own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

*" Oregon Membership Benefits Report," Credit Union National Association study based on Dratatrac, NCUA, and CUNA comparison of bank and credit union rates, for 12 months ending in Sept 2017.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

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Give Your Wallet Some Love This Valentine's Day (Photo) - 02/13/18

Join an Idaho Credit Union and Ditch Those Annoying Fees!
BOISE, ID.--. Flowers, chocolates, engagement rings, and acts of kindness are all great on Valentine's Day, but we have another idea: show your wallet some love. If your heart is broken over the high price of roses and candy, know that those treats might be more affordable if you avoid bank fees and join a local credit union.

Wouldn't you love to save over $100 a year in interest on your car loan? Don't you pine for free checking? Wouldn't it be sweet to use an ATM when you travel and not pay a fee for it? Couldn't you just kiss a credit card with a lower interest rate than other financial institutions are charging--up to 2.44 percent lower? * Those are the benefits nearly one million Idahoans are loving, because they are credit union members.

The key difference between credit unions and other financial institutions is that credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives. If you're a member, you're an owner. Instead of paying Wall St. stockholders, credit unions return direct benefits to Main St. owners and that means you. Lower interest rates on loans and credit cards, networked, surcharge-free ATMs, and higher interest on your savings are just some of the benefits of credit union membership. That's a relationship worth being in!

Nearly all Idaho residents are eligible for credit union membership. Be #CUobsessed and own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

*" Idaho Membership Benefits Report," Credit Union National Association study based on Dratatrac, NCUA, and CUNA comparison of bank and credit union rates, for 12 months ending in Sept 2017.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

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Give Your Wallet Some Love This Valentine's Day (Photo) - 02/13/18

Join a Washington Credit Union and Ditch Those Annoying Fees!
SEATAC, WA--. Flowers, chocolates, engagement rings, and acts of kindness are all great on Valentine's Day, but we have another idea: show your wallet some love. If your heart is broken over the high price of roses and candy, know that those treats might be more affordable if you avoid bank fees and join a local credit union.

Wouldn't you love to save $195 a year in interest on your car loan? Don't you pine for free checking? Wouldn't it be sweet to use an ATM when you travel and not pay a fee for it? Couldn't you just kiss a credit card with a lower interest rate than other financial institutions are charging--up to 2.46 percent lower? * Those are the benefits 3.5 million Washingtonians are loving, because they are credit union members.

The key difference between credit unions and other financial institutions is that credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives. If you're a member, you're an owner. Instead of paying Wall St. stockholders, credit unions return direct benefits to Main St. owners and that means you. Lower interest rates on loans and credit cards, networked, surcharge-free ATMs, and higher interest on your savings are just some of the benefits of credit union membership. That's a relationship worth being in!

Nearly all Washington residents are eligible for credit union membership. Be #CUobsessed and own your money. To find a credit union that's convenient for you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.

*" Washington Membership Benefits Report," Credit Union National Association study based on Dratatrac, NCUA, and CUNA comparison of bank and credit union rates, for 12 months ending in Sept 2017.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

Reminder: Portland, Southwest Washington Credit Unions to Make Generous Contribution to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital Today - 02/09/18

"Credit Unions for Kids" donation will help build the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion Guest House

PORTLAND, OR. --Every week, families with children needing specialty healthcare not available in their hometowns, travel from far reaching corners of the region, to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. That's where the children find hope and often miracles. Their families also need resources--a place to rest, and to get support from hospital staff and other families.

To address those needs, OHSU is building the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion, a guest house for out of town patients' families. Private philanthropy is entirely funding the guest house. This afternoon, credit unions from Portland and Southwest Washington, will donate the funds they raised last fall at the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) Run for the Roses auction. All $97,769 raised for OHSU Doernbecher will be earmarked for the guest house. More than 36 regional credit unions and their business partners made the contribution possible.

Since founding the Credit Unions for Kids charity here in 1986, the region's credit unions have contributed millions to fund research, medical supplies, and patient care. Supporting the guest house answers yet another important calling for local credit unions.

"So many families from out of the Portland area need housing when their children are being treated," said Kasey Rockwell, Director of Credit Union Relations at Portland-based USAgencies Credit Union. "Credit unions' people helping people philosophy has done so much to help the kids in the past 32 years, and now we can help their families."

In addition to funds for the guest house, the local credit unions will contribute two, toy-filled Red Flyer Wagons. The wagons are the result of a friendly "bidding war" between Portland-based OnPoint Community Credit Union and Milwaukie-based Advantis Credit Union--all in the interest of benefitting the kids.

"Giving back is the heart and soul of Credit Unions for Kids. it's also a direct reflection of the intent and life-long devotion our credit unions have to the local communities in which we all live and work" says Kelly Schrader, CEO/President of iQ Credit Union. "Helping our youngest and most vulnerable members in a time they need it most is an honor. We cannot think of a more worthy cause than supporting Doernbecher Children's Hospital, a symbol for kindness, generosity, and love -- three things our world can never have too much of."

"Advantis is proud to support the wagon project for young patients at OHSU Doernbecher," added Kyleigh Gill, Advantis Credit Union's Community Relations Manager. "We hope the wagons help to make their stay at the hospital a bit more enjoyable, so they can focus on health and healing."


Media Event
WHAT: Credit Unions Contribute to OHSU Doernbecher
WHEN: Today, February 9, 2018 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: OHSU Doernbecher lobby, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239
*Media should arrive by 12:45. Please contact Tracy Brawley, OHSU Sr. Media Relations Specialist, brawley@ohsu.ed 503.494.8231


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

Portland, Southwest Washington Credit Unions to Make Generous Contribution to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital - 02/08/18

PORTLAND, OR. --Every week, families with children needing specialty healthcare not available in their hometowns, travel from far reaching corners of the region, to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. That's where the children find hope and often miracles. Their families also need resources--a place to rest, and to get support from hospital staff and other families.

To address those needs, OHSU is building the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion, a guest house for out of town patients' families. Private philanthropy is entirely funding the guest house. Friday, credit unions from Portland and Southwest Washington, will donate the funds they raised last fall at the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) Run for the Roses auction. All $97,769 raised for OHSU Doernbecher will be earmarked for the guest house. More than 36 regional credit unions and their business partners made the contribution possible.

Since founding the Credit Unions for Kids charity here in 1986, the region's credit unions have contributed millions to fund research, medical supplies, and patient care. Supporting the guest house answers yet another important calling for local credit unions.

"So many families from out of the Portland area need housing when their children are being treated," said Kasey Rockwell, Director of Credit Union Relations at Portland-based USAgencies Credit Union. "Credit unions' people helping people philosophy has done so much to help the kids in the past 32 years, and now we can help their families."

In addition to funds for the guest house, the local credit unions will contribute two, toy-filled Red Flyer Wagons. The wagons are the result of a friendly "bidding war" between Portland-based OnPoint Community Credit Union and Milwaukie-based Advantis Credit Union--all in the interest of benefitting the kids.

"Giving back is the heart and soul of Credit Unions for Kids. it's also a direct reflection of the intent and life-long devotion our credit unions have to the local communities in which we all live and work" says Kelly Schrader, CEO/President of iQ Credit Union. "Helping our youngest and most vulnerable members in a time they need it most is an honor. We cannot think of a more worthy cause than supporting Doernbecher Children's Hospital, a symbol for kindness, generosity, and love -- three things our world can never have too much of."

"Advantis is proud to support the wagon project for young patients at OHSU Doernbecher," added Kyleigh Gill, Advantis Credit Union's Community Relations Manager. "We hope the wagons help to make their stay at the hospital a bit more enjoyable, so they can focus on health and healing."


Media Event
WHAT: Credit Unions Contribute to OHSU Doernbecher
WHEN: Friday, February 9, 2018 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: OHSU Doernbecher lobby, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239
*Media should arrive by 12:45. Please contact Tracy Brawley, OHSU Sr. Media Relations Specialist, brawley@ohsu.ed 503.494.8231


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

Attached Media Files: News Release
Sen. Sharon Nelson has received the Community Impact Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association. Pictured with Sen. Nelson (center) are Troy Stang, President & CEO, NWCUA, and Paula Sardinas, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Washington
Sen. Sharon Nelson has received the Community Impact Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association. Pictured with Sen. Nelson (center) are Troy Stang, President & CEO, NWCUA, and Paula Sardinas, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Washington
Washington Credit Unions Honor Sen. Sharon Nelson for Community Impact (Photo) - 02/07/18

OLYMPIA, WA. --Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-Dist. 34) has received the prestigious 2018 Community Impact Award from Washington's credit unions.

The Community Impact Award recognizes Washington legislators who understand the important role credit unions play in the community, and the not-for-profit, cooperative financial services choice they provide to 3.6 million Washington members. The honor was presented at the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) recent Credit Union Day at the Capitol in Olympia. More than 200 credit union professionals were on hand to see Sen. Nelson accept the honor.

"Credit unions are a vital part of our state's economy, and widely trusted by Washingtonians," said Sen. Nelson. "As a former banker, I understand the necessity of having financial institutions that are part of our local communities and operate with local interests in mind. I'm proud to be seen as an advocate for this type of banking."
Washington's 89 credit unions serve nearly half the state's population. With no Wall St. stockholders to pay, credit unions reinvest in their members in the form of dividends, lower loan rates, and better returns on savings. Last year, Washington credit unions returned $369 million in direct benefits to their members.

"Senator Nelson's priorities in the legislature are always focused on the people she serves," said Paula Sardinas, NWCUA's vice president of legislative affairs for Washington. "Two great examples are the work she did to protect consumers from predatory, payday lending practices, and fighting to remove cancer-causing chemicals from children's and household goods. She's playing a crucial role in advancing the Credit Union Movement and securing the industry's future so that members today, and in generations to come, can continue to have the choice to join a local credit union and experience the difference."

Sen. Nelson was elected in 2010 and is Majority Leader of the Washington State Senate. She is a resident of Maury Island, WA.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals. All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.