CORVALLIS, Wash. (4/2/14)--Rick Hein, president/CEO of OSU FCU, Corvallis, Wash., said that his credit union will donate $5,000 to the Northwest Credit Union Association and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation's fund to benefit survivors of the mudslide in Oso, and he urged others in Washington and Oregon to do the same.
"We'd like to see all credit unions in the Northwest with assets above $100 million match or beat that amount," Hein said (Anthem April 1). "If all will rise to this call for help, we can 'Unite for Good' and aid a struggling community in its time of crisis."
NWCUA, NWCUF and member credit unions are partnering to fulfill the "people helping people" mission by raising funds for families affected by the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash. (News Now April 1).
The mudslide is responsible for the deaths of at least 27 people, and 22 area residents were unaccounted for as of April 1. Contributions to the fund can be made online and will be accepted through April 9. At that point, the foundation will work with United Way of Snohomish County to make sure donations are directed to housing and other immediate needs.
Credit union members can also contribute to the fund, and the NWCUA has created a sample message that credit unions can use on their websites to raise awareness of the fundraising effort.
The National Credit Union Foundation said it has funds in its CUAid general disaster relief fund and is working with NWCUA and NWCUF to get disaster relief grant applications to credit union people who were affected by the mudslide.