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It’s Toy Drive Time!

Benefiting local kids

USAgencies is excited to once again participate in the KGW Great Toy Drive. For more than 30 years, the KGW Great Toy Drive has provided hundreds of thousands of toys to families in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

We invite our members, friends and neighbors to stop by and donate a toy (or toys!) for local families in need. Donate at USAgencies Credit Union by Dec. 13th and we’ll match your donation, toy for toy!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Buy a new, unwrapped toy.
  2. Drop your toy at USAgencies (95 SW Taylor Street, Portland, OR) by Dec. 13th.
  3. USAgencies will match each donation we collect, toy for toy (up to $500)!

Questions: giving@usacu.org | (503) 275-0300

Become a SMART Reader

As you know, USAgencies has partnered with Enterprise Car Sales to help bring awareness to the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program with our Smart Savings Car Sale & funds drive. For all those who’ve purchased a vehicle, or donated funds, THANK YOU so much. For those of you who haven’t yet, there’s still time! Our Smart Savings Car Sale & funds drive runs through October 31st.

But perhaps you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, or funds are tight… We wanted to shed light on another way to help SMART (Start Making a Reader Today)– by volunteering! If you can’t give monetarily, you may want to consider giving some of your time by becoming a much-needed volunteer reader.

What: Volunteer one hour a week to read with children in our community!

  • Inspire a love of reading and books.
  • Read one-on-one with PreK – third-graders.
  • SMART students receive books for their home collection.
  • Training and support provided!

Where: An elementary school or Head Start program near you in the Portland Metro Area

When: Programs run during school hours—October 2017 – May 2018.

  • Time commitment varies—minimum one hour a week.

Interested in becoming a volunteer reader with SMART (Start Making a Reader Today)? Apply online at www.getsmartoregon.org/volunteer or call 971-634-1628.

Fleet Week Fun!

USACU is excited to once again participate in the Portland Rose Festival by hosting a booth at this year’s Fleet Week at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. We’ll have a free photo booth, and we’ll be giving away some fun goodies too!

Stop on by our booth with the family, pose for a pic and say hi! We’d love to see you.

When:
June 9th & 10th
9:30am – 4:30pm

Where:
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
(at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, near the ship tour entrance )

Pics from Fleet Week 2016
More info about Fleet Week

Questions? Contact us.

 

Q&A: Take a Tour of Waterfront Bikes

This May, we’ve partnered with Waterfront Bikes, a local Portland bike shop, to help you ‘gear up’ for National Bike Month. Most PDXers know this local shop, but did you also know they’re family-owned AND family-run? Our Q&A session with shop owner Karen Stiles gives a quick tour of a Portland bike shop that sets itself apart with lots of options and friendly, personalized service (sound familiar?).

How long has Waterfront Bikes been in business?
We have been in business for 16 years.

Can you tell us a little bit about your store?
We are a small, friendly shop located on the downtown waterfront. We service the local community selling new and used bikes and repairing almost every type of bicycle. We are also very busy with folks visiting our city, as we have a complete line of rental bikes. We enjoy talking bikes, and rides, and always enjoy helping people navigate the city by bike. We have recently started doing some exclusive small tours that really focus on the Wine Country.

What are some of the benefits of purchasing a bike with Waterfront Bikes?
We are a local family-owned shop and so we really know our customers. Every bike is built and assembled with care and fitted for comfort. Each new bike purchase comes with 10% off any additional gear. We also include a free yearly tune-up (excluding parts) which adds to the value of your purchase and keeps the bike in good working order.

What do you love about bikes?
I love that bikes allow you to really explore places in ways that are all-encompassing. You can ride many miles in a day, or just take in a few, and learn so much about places. I love that bikes are green and that interconnectedness with the world is enhanced while riding on a physical level too. I love that you move fast enough to get somewhere but slow enough to see and hear new things that you wouldn’t experience in a car.

What’s your favorite local bike ride?
I love the East Side Neighborhood ride. It allows me to explore the neighborhoods at my leisure stopping at fun locations for a cup of tea, bite to eat, or a beer. Its fun to feel the city at a cycling pace and see and hear all the local activities. Riding into parks along the way–sometimes through Laurelhurst Park or up Mt Tabor–is always so relaxing. It’s just a great way to spend the day!

 


Learn more about our bike special this May, plus RSVP for our upcoming FREE Bike Safety Basics Seminarhttps://www.usacu.org/bikemonth

Connect with Waterfront Bikes: http://www.waterfrontbikes.com/

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/