Find out what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities.

Member credit unions may submit their Members in the News items to membernews@ccul.org. When including a photograph, please give a detailed description for each photo sent, including the names and titles of individuals in the photograph. For more information about Members in the News, please contact Associate Editor Cindy Tullues Peterson at 909.212.6042.

Travis CU

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Travis CU has appointed Michael J. Levy as general counsel. As the principal legal officer, Levy is working closely with the executive leadership team and providing leadership in all matters with legal implications, including supervision of all litigation, guidance on regulatory compliance and bringing a legal perspective to Travis CU's strategic vision.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU Community Fund  (RCUCF) announced today the 2020 Fire Relief Fund has collected and disbursed $424,420 from 847 donors to support the immediate needs of fire survivors. Recognizing that fire season has become a recurring event, RCUCF decided to proactively open a dedicated 2020 Fire Relief Fund before disaster struck. 

Firefighters First CU

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Firefighters First CU distributed more than $2.1 million in profit sharing proceeds to their membership. This year’s distribution brings total profits returned to members to more than $50 million since 1981, honoring the legacy built upon “firefighters helping firefighters”. 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank to host a New Year’s blood drive at five San Diego County CU locations throughout San Diego County and one in Riverside County, collecting 134 pints of much-needed blood, which will help save the lives of over 402 people.

Rolling F CU

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Rolling F CU helped two low-income families purchase their first home through a partnership with the Stanislaus Housing Authority. Earlier this year, the SHA received grant funding from the City of Modesto to develop 31 new houses in Modesto — with the stipulation that the first two houses would be sold to families who earned 20% less than the average household income.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has partnered with the San Diego County Library System in support of the Live Well San Diego initiative to host Financial Wellness Wednesdays. From January through March, San Diego County CU will host Financial Wellness Wednesdays webinars on a variety of topics aimed at improving financial health. 

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU sponsored four local military families this holiday season through Camp Pendleton’s Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Secret Santa Program. Frontwave shopped for and purchased gifts on the families’ wish lists and delivered them to the Camp Pendleton ASYMCA, where they were distributed just before the holidays.

LBS Financial CU

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LBS Financial CU donated $3,500 to Humansave and $2,000 to Live Love Animal Rescue on Giving Tuesday. The donation will help Humansave take on more pro bono cases, serve more youth, and help in funding top-of-the-line training and support for their therapists so they have more to give to their clients. Live Love Animal Rescue’s donation was also matched by the community and will help them start the rescue journey of many more dogs.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has collected more than $5,000 so far to help the local animal shelters and rescues in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties through its “Presents for Paws,” fundraising campaign. This is the credit union's ninth consecutive holiday season supporting the “Presents for Paws” campaign, which has been extended through Jan. 31 in an effort to meet the $10,000 fundraising goal.

CU of Southern California

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CU of Southern California donated a total of $150,000 to more than 50 local businesses as well as two non-profit organizations as part of its “Merry Givemas” event, held Dec. 18, 2020. The credit union made donations totaling $100,000 to businesses hard-hit by the pandemic and its economic fallout and $50,000 to the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter and the Interfaith Food Center, both located in Whittier.  

Santa Cruz Community CU

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Santa Cruz Community CU sponsored the RETURN THE FAVOR campaign and donated $38,500 to local non-profit organizations. In addition, credit union members and community members contributed a total of $10,844. Adding that to Santa Cruz Community CU's annual donations and grant support of $124,774,  the credit union helped infuse slightly over $174,000 into the community in 2020. 

 

Greater Nevada CU

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Greater Nevada CU subsidiary Greater Commercial Lending (GCL) was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as one of USDA Rural Development’s 2020 top commercial lending partners. GCL also ranked the highest in the U.S. for the USDA Business & Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program for 2020. GCL has consistently ranked as one of the top national USDA lenders year-after-year.

Patelco CU

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Patelco CU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco under the Spark* Connect* Empower* (SCE) Movement, which seeks to help spark pride among Filipino Americans in their Filipino culture and heritage, connect them with one another, and empower them in the process.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU's Executive Vice President, Chief Experience Officer and Digital Channels, Nathan Schmidt was selected as one of SD Metro Magazine’s San Diego County 2020 Men of Influence. The award recognizes men who are making meaningful contributions to the San Diego region, and this marks the second consecutive year Schmidt has received this honor.

Partners FCU

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Partners FCU CEO John Janclaes has announced his retirement, effective March 31, 2021. Janclaes led Partners FCU for nearly 17 years in serving its 180,000 members. During his tenure, the credit union grew five-fold to more than $2.1 billion in assets, while maintaining its well capitalized position, and having secured its rank among the top 3% of credit unions nationwide. 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU in partnership with Radio KSON supported the 33rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon to raise funds to help cure and save children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

1st United CU

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1st United CU announced a restructuring of its operations and appointment of two new chief officers. Restructure highlights include consolidation of all retail operations under one umbrella, overseen by the newly-appointed Chief Retail Officer, Derrick Fortier. 1st United CU also appointed Lynell Fraley as Chief Human Resources Officer who will be leading the human fesources, staff development, and compliance departments

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has promoted Fong Nguyen to Lending Operations Manager. In her new role, Nguyen will lead the lending operations team, responsible for loan documentation, funding, and servicing loans for Redwood CU's business, consumer, and mortgage lending channels.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU was recognized as a Corporate and Social Responsibility finalist by the San Diego Business Journal. The Corporate and Social Responsibility, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion awards recognize the significant accomplishments of companies that embrace corporate and social responsibility, and diversity, equity and inclusion for the betterment of the community, and help make the world a smarter, healthier and more sustainable place.

Compass Community CU

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Compass Community CU was ranked among the “Best of the North Coast” in 2020 by the Reader’s Choice. This marks the first time Compass has been honored among the Best Credit Unions in the financial services category in the annual Times-Standard special issue.

Ventura County CU

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Ventura County CU has once again been recognized on the VC Reporter’s annual “Best of Ventura County” list in the financial institutions category. This is Ventura County CU's 11th consecutive year earning the No. 1 spot on the list.

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU raised $12,000 in donations for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) during September via online contributions, in-person branch donations, and from a raffle of CHLA-themed backpacks for Los Angeles FCU staff and their families. For every dollar raised the credit union also matched up to $5,000 for CHLA.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU supported Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego and CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County this year with an online fundraising campaign throughout October, raising $1,000. Since 2015, San Diego County has raised a total of $30,000 for both hospitals.

Kinecta FCU

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Kinecta FCU raised more than $90,000 during its 47th Annual Thanksgiving food giveaway, which aided more than 1,000 local families in need this holiday season. During a drive-up event held at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson on Nov. 22, families, selected by nearly 40 community-based organizations, received a bag of traditional Thanksgiving food items and a $75 gift card to help complete their holiday meal.

Diablo Valley FCU

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Diablo Valley FCU sponsored the annual Concord 5000 run/walk. Although the live 5K could not be held this year, race sponsors Diablo Valley FCU and other sponsors teamed up to raise funds for the Blue Star Moms Holiday Care Package drive.

California Coast CU

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California Coast CU invites members and the community to shop at local businesses and donate to local non-profits through its Local for the Holidays effort, which runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 31. With each Cal Coast CU MasterCard® Debit or Credit Card purchase made during that time, a portion of the sales will be donated to the Strategic Alliance, up to $20,000.

USE CU

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USE CU has been named to The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Top Midsize Workplaces” list for 2020. This marks the third year that USE CU has been awarded this distinction in San Diego County.

Greater Nevada CU

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Greater Nevada CU's wholly-owned subsidiary Greater Commercial Lending (GCL) has formed a joint venture with Stroudwater Associates—the nation’s leading source of strategic, operational, and financial strategy for rural, community and county-district owned hospitals—to help rural healthcare businesses access USDA guaranteed loans. The new partnership will be known as StroudwaterGCL Rural Healthcare Capital.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has hired Michael Bradshaw as executive vice president of real estate lending. Bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in real estate lending management, Bradshaw has an expert understanding of the complexities and ever changing regulatory environment within the industry, which will help define San Diego County's lending strategy.

California Coast CU

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California Coast CU’s annual Pack the Pantry food drive (virtual), in partnership with the San Diego Food Bank and local community colleges, raised more than $18,000, which will provide a total of 90,600 meals for 10 local community college food pantries.

Greater Nevada CU

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Greater Nevada CU has appointed Michael Thomas as vice president of marketing. Thomas is responsible for leading marketing strategy for Greater Nevada CU’s products and services. He has served in executive-level marketing, communications and sales leadership roles in Reno-Tahoe for more than 20 years.

CoastHills CU

120820coasthillscuFINALCoastHills CU present representatives from Allan Hancock College with a $3,000 donation to the College’s Student Emergency Fund.

For Giving TuesdayCoastHills CU has directed $10,500 of donations to organizations that directly help those impacted by the virus. To date this year, the credit union and its employees have been responsible for $117,875 of support overall to local nonprofits.

1st United CU

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1st United CU’s members, staff, and community donated more than $12,000 during its online food drive. 1st United CU matched contributions and, in all, donated a combined total of $25,000 to the Alameda County Community Food Bank this year.

American First CU

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American First CU has appointed Julie Glance as their new chief financial officer. Glance brings over 20 years of experience in the credit union industry and 27 years in financial services industry

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU President and CEO Teresa Campbell was recognized as a Business Woman of the Year at the 27th Annual Business Women of the Year Awards by the San Diego Business Journal. The awards program, held virtually on Nov. 19, honored dynamic women business leaders who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s workplaces and communities.

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU has been named the Best Bank in the Morongo Basin by Hi-Desert Publishing Company’s 2020 Best of the Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year, Hi-Desert Publishing asks its readers in Morongo Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley to nominate their favorite local businesses, restaurants and services in more than 70 categories. 

First Financial CU

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First Financial CU has elected two volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors. Incumbents Asa E. Bert and Knowelle Decker will serve another three-year term.  

Travis CU

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Travis CU is hosting ‘Finance U,’ an interactive virtual event designed to teach youth about financial aid opportunities for postsecondary education, choosing a school and preparing for campus life and admissions.The program will include special guests and giveaways to engage youth interested in higher education after high school. All youth (ages 13-21) registered for the event will be entered in a drawing to win a new Chromebook.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is the presenting sponsor of the 30th Annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” event. Held in collaboration with the San Diego County Office of Education and Cox® Communications, the awards show is a presentation of the 47th Annual San Diego County Teacher of the Year Awards. The credit union has supported this event for the past 12 years.

Santa Cruz Community CU

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Santa Cruz Community CU sponsored and delivered two $37,500 Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of San Francisco grants to the Pajaro Valley Shelter Services and the Diversity Center Santa Cruz funds through the Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development (AHEAD) program.

Greater Nevada CU

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Greater Nevada CU contributed $25,000 as the first corporate sponsor and financial institution to the Audacity Fund Reno, which provides funding, education, and support to local business owners from underserved populations.   

San Mateo CU

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San Mateo CU encouraged members to use their credit union debit and credit cards on International Credit Union Day on Oct. 15. For every use that day, San Mateo CU pledged to donate 25 cents to Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley. In all, members conducted nearly 40,000 debit and credit card transactions, resulting in a $10,000 donation to Second Harvest.