Corona’s Settlement House receives $5,000 donation from Altura Credit Union

Non-profit helps local families with emergency needs

RIVERSIDE, CA (October 5, 2015) — The Corona-Norco Settlement House recently received a $5,000 donation from Altura Credit Union as part of its year-long #AlturaCares campaign. Launched in 2015, this community-oriented promotion involves Altura’s members in selecting and raising funds for four local non-profit organizations.

Settlement House has been helping people for more than 100 years. A United Way Agency, it provides for the temporary emergency needs of low-income individuals and families in Corona and Norco.  Its mission is that “no family or individual will go without food or shelter and that no child will go to school withoutproper clothes.”

#AlturaCares worked closely with Altura members to identify four local charitable causes for this program. Samatha Smitley, an Altura member since 2009 and a volunteer at Settlement House, brought the organization to Altura’s attention. She appeared in the credit union’s campaign, “The Cards that Show You Care,” which included TV, outdoor and newspaper ads.

During the months of June, July and August, every time an Altura member made a purchase with their Altura Visa® Credit Card or Debit Card, a portion of each sale was set aside for Settlement House, up to the $5,000 maximum.

“A crisis can turn someone’s life upside down,” says Tina Covington, vice president, Sales and Business Development, Altura Credit Union. “Many people have nowhere to turn when an unexpected emergency strikes.  This may leave them homeless, impacting their health and placing them in jeopardy. Settlement House helps prevent a temporary crisis from becoming a permanent one.”

Settlement House provides a wide range of services, including an emergency shelter, food pantry, holiday food baskets and toy drive, back-to-school program, and rental and mortgage assistance. To learn more about  Settlement House, visit the website or call 951-737-3504.

To learn more about #AlturaCares, visit

Altura Settlement House

Photo Caption:
Altura Vice President of Business Development Tina Covington, left back row, AJ Warner, Altura Corona Branch manager, and Jennifer Binkley, Altura chief operating officer, present an #AlturaCares check for $5,000 to Sally Carlson, Board president, front left, and Kathy Fichtelman, Board secretary, of The Corona-Norco Settlement House, which has been assisting people in crisis for more than 100 years. Altura member and Settlement House volunteer Samantha Smitley brought the nonprofit to Altura’s attention for its #AlturaCares community-oriented campaign.

About Altura Credit Union

Based in the Inland Empire for 60 years, Altura Credit Union serves more than 127,000 Members, has $1.352 billion in total assets and operates 13 branch offices in Riverside County.  Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Riverside and San Diego counties; selected cities in San Bernardino and Orange counties; as well as U.S. Military, U.S. Government and Civilian employees working at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County; and retirees of the United States Armed Forces. For more information on Altura, visit, or call 1-888-883-7228.


Carol Kramer for Altura Credit Union
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