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Unitus Community Credit Union Celebrates Record Year of Giving (Photo) - 12/30/21

Employee Donations and Corporate Match Contribute to $450k Annual Giving Spend


Portland, Ore., December 30, 2021 – Three local non-profit organizations will benefit from the generosity of Unitus Community Credit Union employees this holiday season. Employees selected Meals on Wheels People, New Avenues for Youth, and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) as the beneficiaries of this year’s Holiday Drive fundraiser. In total, these three non-profits will receive $12,070 in financial gifts from Unitus employees and matching funds.


Meals on Wheels People will receive $4,115 in donations. This organization meets the social and nutritional needs of older adults in our community by serving and delivering meals to dining centers and the homes of seniors in Multnomah, Washington, and Clark counties.


New Avenues for Youth supports youth experiencing homelessness in our community by providing meals and counseling while also providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing. Unitus’ Holiday Drive will provide $4,045 to New Avenues for Youth.


Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) empowers immigrants, refugees, and community members from around the world to build new lives and become self-sufficient through programming, outreach, and education. Its goal is to foster understanding, compassion, and communication between Oregon’s established communities and newest arrivals. IRCO will receive $3,915 from the Unitus Holiday Drive.


In addition to supporting these three non-profits, each Unitus branch donated $1,000 to its selected community partner. This year, each branch is supporting non-profits that work to support people experiencing homelessness, low-income seniors, artists with intellectual/developmental disabilities, arts education, hunger and food insecurity, parent-teacher organizations, veterans experiencing homelessness, foster families, and survivors of traumatic events. You can read about the impact our Branch Community Program has on local organizations at unitusccu.com.


“Community giving is at the heart of what we do at Unitus. Each organization we supported this year offers valuable resources to help serve our community,” explained Steven Stapp, Unitus’ CEO and President. “Because every single person inside our organization−members and employees alike−cares so much, we are able to provide donations that have meaningful impact on so many people.”


In total, Unitus Community Credit Union donated $450,000 in 2021, which is a 47% increase over the community giving total in 2020. This marks the highest level of donations in Unitus history. The Portland Business Journal recognized Unitus earlier this year as the fourth most philanthropic large company in Portland.


About Unitus Community Credit Union

At Unitus, we’re dedicated to improving lives in the communities we serve. As a member-owned local credit union, we invest in people by doing the right thing. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, we provide support for community groups through volunteerism and financial donations. Our 102,000 members count on us to serve them and their communities; our nearly 300 employees share that passion for service. Learn about the local impact Unitus makes by visiting unitusccu.com.


Attached Media Files: News Release , Branch Community Program
Unitus Community Credit Union Pledges $30,000 to SnowCap Community Charities New Covenant Campus - 12/21/21

Unitus has committed $30,000 over three years to help develop SnowCap’s Covenant Campus, a new campus that will house a new warehouse and expand services


Portland, Ore., December 21, 2021 – Unitus Community Credit Union has pledged $30,000 to SnowCap Community Charities’ new Covenant Campus project, a multi-year capital campaign that will build and sustain an additional campus. This new campus will significantly expand SnowCap’s capacity by separating its two largest programs: its food pantry and clothing closet. The new facility will also provide a much-needed community hub that will include a new warehouse and ADA space.


During normal operations, SnowCap’s building is bursting at the seams with increased demand and storage of its food pantry, clothing closet, and other programs. In addition, SnowCap offers the only free clothing program available to all low-income people in its service area, including some of the lowest income census tracts in Portland’s metro area: the Rockwood neighborhood, and large parts of East Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village. In the last two years and especially since the pandemic, SnowCap simply doesn’t have the space to serve and support its clients. That’s where Covenant Campus comes in.


SnowCap’s new Covenant Campus space will help grow SnowCap’s charitable efforts through significant expansion of its services and a new 12,000+ square foot warehouse. With the need for increased space more dire than ever and more neighbors struggling to make ends meet, SnowCap is rising to respond with increased space and programming. Unitus is honored to help SnowCap meet that need. 


“We’re grateful for this incredibly generous investment that will benefit thousands of families for decades to come,” said Kirsten Wageman, SnowCap Executive Director. “Unitus has been a hands-on community partner for many years. From volunteering to pack food boxes, baking cookies for folks we serve, sponsoring events and more, Unitus is always ready to pitch in to help. We’re proud to serve the community together!”


SnowCap’s Covenant Campus will allow SnowCap to store and provide more flexible times for families to visit the clothing closet, increasing the time families have to browse and select clothes. In addition, it will create spacious shopping and lobby areas that are welcoming and warm, providing opportunities for people who may not need a food pantry (or are hesitant to visit one) to access SnowCap’s other resources. Perhaps most importantly, it will establish a permanent home for special programs and events, reinstating and expanding SnowCap’s class offerings and volunteer trainings, and gaining capacity for events and engagement yet to come. 


“It’s a joy and honor to uplift SnowCap’s efforts and deepen our partnership for this critical community need,” said Steven Stapp, Unitus President and CEO. “This is the kind of critical, impactful work we aim to provide to our community, and that our neighbors need most.”


About Unitus Community Credit Union

At Unitus, we’re dedicated to doing the right thing for our community with neighborhood branches, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for all people in our communities. Visit unitusccu.com to learn more about our commitment to personally walking our members toward bigger and brighter personal bests.