Local roots that still hold true.
It’s been more than 85 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.
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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 85 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. While one lucky school, selected by community vote, is granted $5,000.
For over 19 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.
It’s a rewarding program for both students and OnPoint. Some work study students have even continued on to be hired by OnPoint as permanent team members.
Honoring Teachers that "Rock"
Congratulations to our 2020 Teachers Rock winner, Jodi Gelder! In celebration of National Teacher Day, OnPoint asked our social followers to honor their favorite teacher and give them a chance to win $1,000.
Jodi teaches trauma students for the Canby alternative program. Here’s what set her nomination apart:
“Jodi Gelder is an AMAZING teacher with a HUGE heart. She teaches kids mostly with trauma issues. A lot don’t have enough food to eat or extra clothes to wear. She takes food and has a clothes closet where anyone can come get something they need. Some of her kids live in cars also. She has a HIGH graduation rate where at least 90% graduate on time or even early (even some who live on the street or couch surf). All the kids rave about “Mrs. G” and when there’s a new kid in class, they straighten them out by telling the newbies, Mrs. G is awesome so they better listen. Jodi is highly respected by the students, parents and community, and very well deserving of your honor and recognition.”
– Nominator, Gary Gelder
Although she can use her winnings any way she wishes, she plans to use part of the prize money toward her classroom to build a food pantry for students!Read More Community Stories
Giving makes good things happen. Since our founding, we’ve shared our good fortune with our neighbors, a tradition we continue today.
In 2018, OnPoint proudly donated $125,000 to Credit Unions for Kids, a nonprofit collaboration of credit union partners and supporters, raising funds to benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. One hundred percent of every dollar donated goes directly to a CMN hospital in the Northwest.
As an organization that believes in building community, we know some of the most impactful work we do is to creating opportunities for others to lead. OnPoint is honored to support Babies with Books, a program created and led by high school students with a passion for making a difference. Through the program, student volunteers spend time each week visiting with families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Randall Children’s Hospital. Volunteers provide free children’s books to families, as well as information about the importance of reading to babies to support critical brain development, early literacy and family bonding.
Always Look Up: Support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital through Refer a Friend
Update: This campaign has ended. On February 7th, OnPoint presented OHSU Doernbecher with a donation of $38,300. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Refer a Friend campaign! Article originally published October 24, 2019: “When you get admitted, it’s really hard to stay away from your family, so the best advice I can say is to always look up and try …
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 48 OnPoint employee volunteers provided classroom instruction to more than 3,415 students at institutions such as Alberta Rider Elementary, Beaumont Middle School, Clackamas County Juvenile Department, Corbett Grade School, La Pine Middle School, OHSU Richmond Family Services and the following high schools: Madras, Oregon City, Sisters, Tigard and Wilson. 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 and JA Finance Park, an economic simulation for middle and high school students that guides participants through the basics of personal finance, money management, careers and life choices. OnPoint employees also spend time volunteering through classroom presentations and supporting JA Finance Park twice a year. By increasing access to programs for over 500 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.
Building Community One OnPoint Volunteer at a Time
OnPoint’s community partnerships are fueled not only by financial support but by how our employees show their love for our community, which includes dedicating their time and expertise toward supporting financial wellness in the region. Earlier this year, we announced expanded partnerships with Financial Beginnings and Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington, two outstanding local financial education-focused nonprofits. This …