Local roots that still hold true.
It’s been more than 88 years since a handful of schoolteachers joined together to form our credit union. They didn’t do it for profit. They did it to help one another. After all, that’s what community is all about.
Supporting the Black Community
At OnPoint we value inclusivity, which means standing up for those who have been unjustly targeted today and those at risk of being oppressed tomorrow. OnPoint is supporting organizations fighting for equal rights for our Black community, including the following.
COVID-19 Pandemic Support
OnPoint continues to support local organizations in an effort to provide assistance to all of the areas we serve that are impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Along with OnPoint donations, our employees are also supporting organizations through volunteer opportunities.
As we grow, our responsibility to the places we call home grows as well. With each new branch, our roots grow deeper and so does our impact—allowing us to invest in our communities by creating new jobs, providing more robust services to our members and forging strong relationships with our community partners.
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The story of OnPoint in the community is so much more than a simple story.
- Rob Stuart, President & CEO of OnPoint Community Credit Union
It’s the moments that come from thousands of connections we make large and small each and every day. Our own success and continued growth could not be more closely tied to the future and well-being of the Pacific Northwest.
Since our founding by schoolteachers over 88 years ago, OnPoint has always kept in touch with our educational roots.
We understand that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. The OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education campaign celebrates innovative teaching methods that spark enthusiasm and passion in students, parents and their peers. Each year, the campaign awards two educators with the Educator of the Year award, paying their mortgage for the entire school year, as well as donating $2,500 to each of their schools. We also award Community Builder awards, granting $2,000 to four schools to complete a project of their choice. In addition, one lucky school, selected by community votes, is granted $5,000.
For over 20 years, OnPoint has partnered with De La Salle North Catholic High School to help students gain valuable, real-life work experience. In this program, De La Salle students share a full-time, entry-level position at OnPoint. In addition to gaining professional insight, skill development and personal growth, students earn 50 percent of their school tuition. Participating students graduate with a full year of work experience. In 2019 and 2020, OnPoint also supported the school’s capital campaign, which will fund a new permanent campus in Northeast Portland.
Honoring Teachers that "Rock"
Congratulations to our 2021 Teachers Rock winner, Sarah Landels who teaches 4th grade in St. Helens! In celebration of National Teacher Day, OnPoint asked our members and social media followers to honor their favorite teacher and give them a chance to win $1,000. Here’s what made her nomination stand out:
“She has gone above and beyond for her students. She works to better herself and her students abilities every day. In these times of uncertainty she makes sure every student gets what they need even if it means purchasing supplies, food and clothing for that child. Going to each students house to deliver treats and gifts throughout the pandemic. Earning her master’s degree during the pandemic as well as teaching her students if you want something you have to try and succeed! She is always there for students events even if it means driving all day to watch the student play for 5 minutes or 5 hours.”
– Nominator, Wendy Landelsread more community impact stories
Giving makes good things happen. Since our founding, we’ve shared our good fortune with our neighbors, a tradition we continue today.
Working together is what credit unions do best, and there’s no better example than Credit Unions for Kids. This non-profit collaboration of credit union partners and supporters raises funds to benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. In 2019, OnPoint continued its support of Credit Unions for Kids through its sponsorship of the NWCUA CU4Kids Auction, Refer a Friend Campaign benefiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and as the lead sponsor for the first annual Credit Union for Kids Cornhole Classic.
Since 2019, OnPoint has supported Adelante Mujeres through financial support and volunteer involvement. Working to build a more just society by empowering Latinas to lead, the organization provides educational resources and acts as a forum for community advocacy. This year, OnPoint employees directed over $23,000 to Adelante Mujeres through our annual employee giving campaign and taught financial literacy for the organization’s Chicas youth development program.
Birch Community Services: Offering a Hand Up to Help Families Escape Poverty
On average, families have $21,000 in debt when they first visit Birch Community Services (BCS). One year after becoming a member of BCS’s Sustainable Families Program, most families have paid down their debt by an average of $7,000 and increased their savings by $1,000. The secret to the program’s success? Food security with a helping of financial literacy. “We look …
Promoting Financial Education
Building the foundation for lifelong financial health starts early and grows with you. We give people the tools and resources they need to learn and develop smart money habits for every stage of life.
For 11 years, OnPoint has proudly partnered with Financial Beginnings, an organization providing skills and resources to help youth and adults throughout Oregon and Washington take an active role in their financial well-being. Our investment of financial support and time from OnPoint employee volunteers provides classroom instruction to students at elementary to post-secondary levels. Together, we make personal finance more accessible for every member of our community.
As a champion of financial literacy education, OnPoint provides annual support to Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington. The donation supports Junior Achievement’s engaging classroom curriculum for the 2020-2021 school year, which guides participants through the basics of personal finance, money management, careers and life choices. It will also support 4,000 volunteers and 500 teachers with new online training materials. By increasing access to programs for over 1,300 students across the area, OnPoint continues its work to inspire student growth and development as they learn to manage money, plan for their futures, and make smart choices.
Sharing Financial Knowledge Fuels Two OnPoint Employee Volunteers
Since our founding by 16 schoolteachers in 1932, education remains at the center of everything we do. Whether we are celebrating outstanding educators, providing real-life work experience to high school students or ensuring everyone has access to quality school supplies, our commitment to quality education for all is stronger than ever. We know education can change a person’s life trajectory, …