Strategic philanthropy boosts impact

Columbia CU donates more than $32K to clinic, veterans

January 8, 2021

Columbia CU, Vancouver, Wash., announced at the end of 2020 it made a $15,000 donation to a nonprofit pediatric therapy clinic and $17,100 donation to local veterans’ groups.

The $15,000 grant donation was made to nonprofit Innovative Services NW’s Pediatric Therapy Clinic to ensure resources continue to reach patients in need during an unpredictable time in the Clark County health sector.

Innovative Services NW provides developmental care for children and adults with disabilities throughout Southwest Washington. The Pediatric Therapy Clinic has been serving the special needs of children since 1978 with speech, occupational and physical therapy.

“It’s an honor for Columbia Credit Union to be able to contribute to the positive impact Innovative Services NW makes every day,” said Columbia CU Chief Operating Officer Lindsey Salvestrin, who volunteers time on the board at Innovative Services NW. “I’ve had the privilege of seeing the difference that the Pediatric Therapy Clinic has on individuals and families within our communities firsthand. The pandemic hasn’t changed the need for these services, so the ability to continue providing these therapies during this time is critical.”

Columbia CU also ran a Veterans Appreciation Loan Promotion from Oct. to Veterans Day, where the credit union donated $100 for every qualifying loan taken out on a new or used car, truck, boat, motorcycle, RV, snowmobile or ATV.

On Dec. 10 representatives from Columbia CU presented three checks for $5,700 each to Community Military Appreciation Committee, Home with Heroes, and Returning Veterans Project.

“During times like these, our community mission of making life better for our members and neighbors is more important than ever,” said Columbia President/CEO Steve Kenny. “The veterans in our community have selflessly served our country. Columbia Credit Union is honored to support them and their families through these vital local organizations.”

This is the sixth year that Columbia Credit Union has run the promotion, raising a total of $119,200 for local veterans’ groups.