OnPoint Community Builder Volunteers

Community impact is more than donations—it's people

We’re OnPoint Community Credit Union. That means people come first.

Local community impact and so much more.

As a community credit union, we strive every day to better serve our members and neighbors. We understand our immense potential for good and seek out diverse partners who share our drive to positively impact our corner of the Pacific Northwest. At OnPoint, people are more than numbers.

People are the Point.

Supporting & celebrating our community.

Local roots that still hold true.

It’s been nearly 90 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.

Connecting with people. Making a lasting impact.

We take pride in fostering connections with our members and our neighbors. That’s why getting out into the community is so important to us. We strive to create ongoing and meaningful relationships with the people and organizations within our community.

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.

2023 community impact highlights

  • $2.5M in total giving to local organizations
  • 305 organizations supported in Oregon and SW Washington
  • $919,000 invested in DEI-driven work
  • $63,973 donated through United Way employee fundraising campaign
  • $193,000 given to teachers and schools through OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education
  • 3,530 loans for electric/hybrid cars funded through Green Horizons initiative
View our community report

Contributing to local organizations making an impact.

When we support local organizations, we also have the opportunity to get to know them better. Take a look at how these four organizations positively impact our community.

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)

 

Cascade AIDS Project provides inclusive health, housing and social services for LGBTQIA+ people and those impacted by HIV.

Friends of the Children PDX

 

Friends of the Children provides relationship-based mentoring to the highest priority youth in our community.

Oregon Humane Society

 

Oregon Humane Society champions animal welfare, finding homes for thousands of pets each year.

SOLVE
 

 

SOLVE organizes individuals and communities across Oregon to improve and protect our environment.


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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.

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Supporting the Latinx community

As we grow our support of the Latinx community, OnPoint continues to develop and evolve relationships with organizations such as Hacienda CDC. Formed in 1986 as a Latino Community Development Corporation, Hacienda CDC strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. Hacienda CDC is an organization deeply rooted in the local Latinx community and was one of three organizations selected for our 2021 employee donation campaign.

Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

To authentically live up to our purpose of building strong communities, OnPoint is committed to prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in our conversations, relationships, actions and services. Our DEI strategy will be guided by continuous education, data-driven performance metrics, shared accountability, and an emphasis on cultivating meaningful and respectful connections.

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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.

- Rob Stuart, President & CEO of OnPoint Community Credit Union

Championing education in our community.

We understand that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. Since our founding by schoolteachers 90 years ago, OnPoint has always kept in touch with our educational roots. 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.

Three 2021 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education winners: Addie Lyden, Travis Rooke-Ley, and Lionel Clegg.

OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education

The OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education celebrates those who embrace innovative teaching techniques that ignite enthusiasm in the lives of their students. Each year, the campaign awards four educators with the Educator of the Year award, paying their mortgage or rent for one year, as well as donating $2,500 to each of their schools. In addition, OnPoint will grant $2,000 to four schools to complete a project of their choice through the Community Builder Awards. One lucky school, selected by community votes, will be granted $5,000.

Learn more about the OnPoint Prize
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De La Salle North Catholic High School internship program

For over 20 years, OnPoint has partnered with De La Salle North Catholic High School to help students gain valuable, real-life work experience through a full-time, entry-level position at OnPoint. In addition to gaining professional insight, skill development and personal growth, students earn 50% 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 to fund a new permanent campus in NE Portland.

Learn more about support for De La Salle
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Helping local students with Junior Achievement

OnPoint proudly supports Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington. Our partnership helps ensure that thousands of K-12 students across the region have access to JA’s one-of-a-kind experiential learning programs, which help young people build positive financial habits. In addition, OnPoint has invested $200,000 to support the expansion of JA’s BizTown, and Finance Park programs while providing regular volunteer support to students in Oregon & SW Washington.

Learn more about our support for financial education
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OSAA Partnership

For over five years, OnPoint and OSAA have partnered to ensure that students and educators have access to financial education tips and resources. That’s not all: OnPoint provides charitable support to the Student Assistance Program, which ensures that student-athletes who need help with purchasing sports-related equipment receive what they need to succeed.

Learn more about our partnership with OSAA

Honoring teachers that "rock".

Congratulations to our 2024 Teachers Rock winner, Tram Gonzales, owner of Color Wings Preschool in Portland, OR! In celebration of National Teacher Day, we asked our members and social media followers to honor their favorite teacher and give them a chance to win $1,000. Below is a brief showcase of her support and accomplishments, and what made her nomination stand out:

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Inspiring, smart, motivated young lady that has worked so hard towards her career to take of her family. Helps the community and their families to help care for and educate their young ones.

Tram puts so much time and effort to making her school the best. She always trys to make everything perfect and fun time for her students. Tram juggles teaching and being a mom to 2 boys amazingly and is a great being overall. With this money she can help give her students the best learning and help they need at their growing ages.

Tram has taught for a few years as a Head Teacher/Director at the Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO) and eventually held the responsibility of Preschool Manager, overseeing five different preschool classrooms around Multnomah and Washington County. This non-profit establishment primarily caters to immigrant and refugee children and families. Graduated from Grand Canyon University with an MS degree from the Education program in teaching. Tram is taking part in SPARK redesign 2023 and is a part of the Provider Advisory Committee for the Child Care substitutes.

I have never seen someone that is as dedicated as Tram is. Working with underprivileged youth, and people that immigrated here, to opening up her very own school.

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OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

$125,000 donated to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Working together is what credit unions do best, and there’s no better example than Credit Unions for Kids. For more than 30 years, this nonprofit collaboration of credit unions has raised funds to support children and families throughout Oregon and SW Washington at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. In 2022, OnPoint made a $125,000 donation to the OHSU Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion which provides a home away from home for patients and families traveling long distances to receive specialized care at Doernbecher.

Learn more about OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest

$35,056 donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest

2022 marked the 6th year of OnPoint’s Employee Giving Campaign where each employee received $100 to donate to a nonprofit making a difference in our community. One of those nonprofits was Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. We are proud to have donated $35,056 through this campaign. Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest helps children realize their full potential and build futures by providing dedicated one-to-one mentoring for each child. With a goal to help youth improve their academic achievements, make positive life choices, graduate from high school, have higher aspirations, greater confidence and encourage positive & supportive relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters is working to help all youth achieve their full potential.

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest

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