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Oregon CUs help communities recover from storms
BEAVERTON, Ore. (12/20/07)--Several Oregon credit unions and the Oregon Credit Union Foundation have joined to help residents deal with the aftermath of storms that hit the state Dec. 1-3. Storm-induced high winds and floods caused much damage, particularly to five counties designated as disaster areas--Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook and Yamhill. The Oregon Credit Union Foundation donated $2,500 toward disaster relief efforts. Wauna FCU, based in Clatskanise, which was one of the hardest hit credit unions, established donation accounts for Clatsop and Columbia counties to provide immediate relief funds. In little more than a week, Wauna received almost $100,000 in donations from individuals, other credit unions and corporations. The credit union is working with county emergency service officials to distribute donations. TLC FCU, based in Tillamook, employed security guards at its branches during a power outage caused by storms to allow members to withdraw cash, since most ATMs weren’t working. St. Helens Community FCU, based in St. Helens, joined forces with the sheriff’s office to staff donation stations in the floodwaters’ wake. The credit union also collected donations in its branches and added supplies, such as blankets, to the donation boxes. Also, St. Helens board member Herb Bailey donated the use of six dump trucks from his company to help clear debris. Rivermark Community CU, based in Beaverton, does not have branches in the affected counties, but it has members who live there. To help defray expenses, Rivermark deposited $100 into the accounts of members who live in Vernonia--one of the hardest-hit cities. The credit union also offered a free skip-pay for the month for those with loans.
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