Category Archives: Community

Join Us: Earth Day Fair

Earth Day Fair

The fifth annual event will be held at the World Trade Center Plaza on April 18th, from 11am to 1pm, and will feature almost 50 earth-friendly vendors, including USAgencies Credit Union! Attendees will have opportunities to recycle personal paperwork, batteries and electronic gadgets. This year’s event will also offer bike tune-ups, perennial pass-alongs, and neighborhood restaurant food samples.

The event is free and open to everyone! Join us!

This event features organizations that promote energy efficiency, alternative transportation, natural resource preservation, and ways to volunteer and give back to the community.

2 World Trade Center Plaza is located at 25 SW Salmon St. Portland, OR

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The Benefits of Volunteering

From our friends at Idealist.

(It really is okay to ask, “What’s in it for me?”)

Volunteering can be far more than simply doing a good deed.

In fact, volunteering can be a great way to develop skills, learn more about career options, make friends, garner new professional contacts, get exercise, spend time outdoors/with animals/with kids, or even just shake up your routine.

Yet volunteers rarely speak of the benefits of volunteering to themselves — maybe it feels a bit too self-centered, or too far from the altruistic vision of the selfless volunteer.

But who says that doing good and enjoying yourself while meeting your own personal/professional goals can’t happen at the same time?

Part of finding the right volunteer opportunity is being honest about what you hope to learn and accomplish.

If in the process of meeting your personal and professional goals, you are also serving as an effective volunteer, helping to meet the goals of your particular volunteer project or role, and/or helping to move an organization’s mission forward, it’s a win-win situation.

Personal and professional benefits of volunteering

With that in mind, here are some of the personal and professional benefits one can gain from volunteering:

Skill development
Always wanted to learn about sustainability and conservation methods? Have experience creating podcasts and would like to try using them as an advocacy tool for a nonprofit? Volunteering helps you learn new skills, keep skills sharp, or use existing skills in new ways.

Career exploration
Regardless of your age or career level, volunteering will introduce you to new professional paths.

Volunteering can be an excellent way to learn more about a particular role or sector (particularly if you are coming from a for-profit job and hoping to switch to non-profit or government), workplace or office culture, or cause.

Also, never underestimate the power of networking; volunteering offers the opportunity to cross paths—as well as, in many cases, quickly bond—with people from across your community, including many with whom you may otherwise not have had contact.

Personal growth
Lifelong learning includes hands-on experiences as a volunteer which can teach you about issues ranging from adult literacy to public health to animal welfare.

Need a break from your day-to-day life? Recharge by walking dogs, playing basketball with kids, or taking tickets at a film festival. Need to work off some stress? Consider some of the more labor-intensive roles like helping to remove invasive species or chopping out non-native trees and bushes.

Lastly, don’t forget that sometimes it just feels good to be valued; as a volunteer you can contribute unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. For example, you might be great at using online sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Many organizations are looking to branch out into social networking to help connect with new audiences; as a volunteer, you can be the in-house expert to get them started.

Socialize
In addition to professional networking, volunteering can be a fun, meaningful way to make new friends. New to the community? Looking to branch out socially? Simply looking for something to do with new people? Volunteer and get to know others who care about the same issues that you do.

Have an impact
Last but most certainly not least, volunteering is one of the best ways we know of to make a difference in your community. Whatever your passion, however you get involved, volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact on the world.

 

Did you know you can become a volunteer at your favorite CU?

It’s true–USACU is guided by a group of Volunteers! If you’d love to join in and help set the tone at one of the best member-driven cooperative credit unions in the Pacific Northwest, click here to learn more.

Interested, but not sure you’re ready to become a full-fledged Volunteer? Check out our Associate Volunteer program.

Questions?
Call: 503.275.0300

Click: info@usacu.org

Join Us: ’80 Years’ Birthday Celebration!

Mark your calendars for Oct. 19:
You’re invited to USAgencies Credit Union’s ‘80 Years’ Birthday Celebration!

We’ll have FREE…
-eBike test drives (courtesy of Pedego Portland)
-trade-in vehicle evals (courtesy of Enterprise Car Sales)
-tours of the Northwest Credit Union Association‘s Credit Union House (to help celebrate International Credit Union Day)
-food (while supplies last)
-raffles, giveaways, and much more!

Not a member? Not a problem. All are welcome!

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/643876565774113/

Letter from the CEO

As a Credit Union, we are a not-for-profit organization, owned by our members. As a member/owner of the Credit Union, you get a say in what happens here. That’s what’s so great about Credit Unions, and makes us so different from banks and other financial institutions. Another thing that makes Credit Unions different is that we are run by a group of volunteers, who are elected by our membership. Just who are these volunteers? They are members, just like you! Our Board of Directors is made up of a group of passionate, committed members who meet monthly to help move us in the right direction.

Not sure if you’re ready to become a full volunteer at USAgencies Credit Union, but would like to become more involved? We also have an Associate Volunteer Program, which gives you exposure to different areas of operation and prepares you for what you might expect upon becoming a regular volunteer.

If you’re interested in giving back to your community by volunteering at your Credit Union, we’d love to talk! Email us at info@usacu.org or visit usacu.org/volunteers.

Jim Lumpkin, President/CEO, USACU

Jim Lumpkin
President/CEO
USAgencies Credit Union

 

It’s Rose Fest time again!

The Portland Rose Festival is celebrating over 100 years this year, and their theme is “Excessive Celebration.” USACU will be celebrating right along with the Rose Fest (especially since this year we celebrate our 80th year!) with our Fleet Week booth at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. We’ll have a free photo booth, and we’ll be giving away some fun stuff too… so stop on by, snap a pic and say ‘hi’. We’d love to see you!

We’ll be there:

June 10th & 11th
10am – 4pm
(near the ship tour entrance)

View pics from Fleet Week 2015
More info about Fleet Week

Questions? Contact us.

 

Our First Two Winners!

We’re excited to congratulate USACU’s first two Save to Win monthly winners — Spencer C. & Jonathan C. Spencer and Jonathan each received prizes of $25 for their participation in the Save to Win program. For every $25 deposited into their Save to Win account, they earned one entry into the monthly, quarterly and annual prize drawings. They’re both looking forward to saving for more entries into next month’s drawings!

Save to Win, which has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and on PBS and NPR, was developed by the Doorways to Dreams Fund, the Filene Research Institute and the Michigan Credit Union league. Michigan was the first state to offer the Save to Win program in 2009. Since then, several other states joined this prize-linked savings program, which include Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington & last month- Oregon. To date, the program has awarded more than $17 million in prizes and has helped credit union members save more than $100 million nationwide.

To learn more about Save to Win at USAgencies Credit Union, visit https://www.usacu.org/savetowin.

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Member Moment: Chandra

 

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Chandra with her 2015 Dodge Journey.

Longtime member Chandra Wilson has been with USAgencies Credit Union for twenty years. She first became a member in April of 1996–the same year as the Macarena, Tickle Me Elmo and the start of Oprah’s Book Club. Mariah Carey & Celine Dion topped the charts and Independence Day was #1 in the box office. In other words… it was a long time ago.

In Chandra’s history with USACU, she’s gone to us for “three or four” car loans… and she thought of us for her most recent auto loan. We asked her to share her car buying experience with us and she happily obliged:

Q. How was the loan application process for you?
A. The loan process is stress-free! That’s why I always use the CU. The loan team has always been supportive. They always are willing to work with me, and do what they can to accommodate my wishes!

Q. What made you decide to go with an Enterprise Car Sales vehicle?
A. I chose to go with Enterprise for a couple of reasons. 1. I felt the company would have reliable cars in excellent condition, and 2. I like to partner with partners who partner with the CU. Justin and the Sales Manager were a pleasure to work with.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your new car?
A. I love the space, and that is it fitting to my lifestyle! I’m a soccer mom, and need extra seating, and space for equipment! And it has several “secret compartments”!!

Q. How do you feel knowing that we’ll be donating $100 to the Oregon Food Bank by purchasing an Enterprise Car Sales vehicle during our Drive Away Hunger Car Sale?
A. I feel happy, and blessed to be part of an important cause!

 

Thanks for sharing your experience, Chandra! We’re so happy we could help you find a great deal on a car and give back to the community, all in one.

If you have questions about Enterprise, or our Car Sale, give us a call (503-275-0300), shoot us an email, or just stop by. We’d love to talk!