San Mateo Credit Union facilitates donation from teen philanthropist for COVID-19 response

REDWOOD CITY, CA (October 9, 2020) — In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency Olivia Sze, a thirteen-year-old philanthropist, raised $1,085 to help her community through her Hidden Treasures Fundraiser. SMCU President and CEO Wade Painter and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine were on hand to facilitate the donation.

Motivated by what she witnessed daily on the news, Sze saw countless lives impacted greatly by the current pandemic and she wanted to use her resources to help.

“Knowing that I might help one of these neighbors pay their rent, or get some groceries, or simply support them in any way is one of the most amazing feelings,” said Sze.

SMCU was honored to accept the donation at the San Mateo Branch as well as add $500 to her efforts to increase the impact of her donation to SMC Strong. “All of us at SMCU are so inspired by Olivia’s passion and enthusiasm for our community,” SMCU President and CEO, Wade Painter says. “It is because of the hard work and dedication of people in our community, like Olivia, that we are truly SMC Strong.”

“Countless San Mateo County residents are struggling due to this unprecedented pandemic,” said Supervisor Dave Pine. “It is impressive to see a young person in our community both recognize the need and then take the initiative to do something about it. I am very grateful to both Olivia Sze and the San Mateo County Credit Union for their donations and concern for those in our community who are struggling.”

SMCU has partnered with San Mateo County Strong to administer grants for many relief efforts as well as provide community resources through its SMCU Community Fund. This crisis is far from over, however, and SMCU will continue to monitor the situation, fundraise for our community and take care of its members and the communities it serves. With residents with an enthusiasm for our community, like Sze, there is so much hope for our future.

About San Mateo Credit Union

Founded in 1952, San Mateo Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution committed to the financial wellness of its members and economic vitality of the communities it serves. SMCU is dedicated to supporting local organizations and efforts that improve the quality of life for all San Mateo County residents. In addition to providing competitive financial products, digital access, and education, SMCU invests in local nonprofits and small businesses through grants, PPP loans, scholarships, and volunteerism. Learn more at

About SMC Strong

SMC Strong is a county-wide fund created by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In March, the Board of Supervisors approved $3 million in emergency funding to support those most impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency in San Mateo County. Donations are directed toward individuals and families, small businesses, and nonprofits. Learn more at


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