OnPoint Community Credit Union Employees Donate Over $100,000 to Nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington – This Is Oregon

As part of its sixth annual employee giving campaign, OnPoint Community Credit Union today announced a total of $100,218 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Girls Build and Cascade AIDS Project. Each year, OnPoint offers each employee $100 to be divided as they wish among three nonprofit organizations that make a difference in the community. This year’s campaign resulted in donations of $35,056 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, $37,806 to Girls Build and $27,356 to the Cascade AIDS Project.

“As a community credit union, giving back to our neighbors is a core value for every one of our employees,” said Rob Stuart, president and CEO, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “From building the confidence of our young people to fighting HIV and AIDS, these organizations have a tangible impact on the lives of people in our community. We are proud to support them and thank them for their unwavering dedication to improving the places we call home.

Since the annual campaign began in 2017, OnPoint employees have donated more than $500,000 to 15 local nonprofits, including NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center), Hacienda CDC and the Zoo of Oregon. Below are details on each of this year’s recipients:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest (BBBS Columbia Northwest) is a private, non-profit organization affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. BBBS Columbia Northwest helps empower young people of all backgrounds by providing dedicated one-on-one mentoring relationships to encourage them to reach their full potential. Mentoring relationships are designed to support young people by improving their academic success and empowering them to make positive life choices, graduate from high school, have high aspirations, show greater trust and build positive and supportive relationships. Through the BBBS Columbia Northwest mentorship program, young people can form friendships that will have a lasting impact on their lives. Currently, BBBS Columbia Northwest has 500 kids matched with a big sibling and a 95% high school pass rate. To learn more, visit https://itsbigtime.org/.

“There are currently 200 young people waiting to be matched with mentors through our programs,” said Cynthia Thompson, director of development, BBBS Columbia Northwest. “Successful mentorship requires a community of mentors, volunteers and local organizations to positively impact a young person’s life. We are extremely grateful for the donation from OnPoint and its employees. This will help us continue to grow so that every child on the waitlist has the opportunity to experience one-on-one mentoring.

Since 2016girls build has inspired confidence and curiosity in girls aged 8-15 across the construction world. Girls Build has reached nearly 3,000 girls and their families across Oregon through summer camps and after-school programs. Hands-on workshops include carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, painting, welding, firefighting, car and bike mechanics, solar energy, sheet metal work, and more. “Our programming has grown from 40 girls in 2016 to over 400 in 2022, and we’re proud to say that nearly half of our campers are receiving scholarships,” said Katie Hughes, Girls Build Executive Director. “Our programming is fun, engaging and so fulfilling. We are extremely grateful to OnPoint employees for supporting the education and development of the next generation of builders in our community. Visit www.girlsbuild.org to learn more and follow Girls Build on Instagram at girlsbuild_org for updates and inspiration.

For more than three decades, the AIDS Cascade Project became a well-established member of the community and a local and national leader in the fight against HIV. It is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Some people diagnosed with HIV lose their homes, friends and family, and all avenues of support. Cascade AIDS Project helps them get back on track by securing housing, finding essential medical care, and addressing other issues that make the difference between giving up or getting up and moving on. Learn more about its mission: https://www.capnw.org/.

“Living with HIV and AIDS can place an enormous emotional and financial burden on anyone affected,” said Jessy Baros Friedt, Director of Development, Cascade AIDS Project. “We created our programs to ease these burdens by providing shelter, life skills training and emotional support to those in need. The support of OnPoint and its employees will allow us to continue to provide inclusive health and wellness services to LGBTQ+ people, people affected by HIV, and anyone seeking compassionate care, while promoting good. -being of these communities. »

To learn more about OnPoint’s commitment to building strong communities, visit onpointcu.com/community-giving.

ABOUT ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union is Oregon’s largest credit union, serving more than 489,000 members and with assets of $9.3 billion. OnPoint membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of Oregon’s 28 counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 800-527-3932.

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