“Take that” to the bank: A whopping 9 CUs collectively accept the Cooperation in Action award at MAXX2019

The Northwest’s premier credit union conference awards an unprecedented nine credit unions for collaborating on last year’s first-ever Career Fair

PORTLAND, OR (November 4, 2019) — How many Credit Unions does it take to make a difference? Any credit union employee worth their salt will tell you “just one,” but some go further and challenge you with a different question. “How profoundly could we change the quality of life in our communities if we credit unions worked together?”

Nine credit unions took that challenge to heart last year, teaming to create the first Cooperative Credit Union Career Fair for people seeking employment in financial services. That fair has earned them the Summit Award from the NWCUA, which honors individual credit union professionals and specific group efforts for their impact.

“When we first had the idea to put on this cooperative career fair – the first ever – the other credit unions got on board right away to help,” said Gayle Evans, Unitus Chief Human Resources Officer. “With the help of our marketing team and grassroots social media efforts by all participating credit unions, we reached over 3,000 people. It was a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the credit union movement, how we cooperate together as credit unions, and what kind of opportunities are out there for people interested in a career in financial services.”

Gayle joined other representatives, one from each of the credit unions involved in the fair, to accept the award on stage at the MAXX Dinner & Awards Gala October 17.

“With the war for talent we have in the Portland Metro area, some ask ‘Why would you share a candidate pool with other nearby employers who want the same talent?’” continued Evans. The reason is that we want good people in the credit union movement and we know that one employer might not have the best opportunity for a specific employee while another credit union might. Recruiting talented people into the credit union movement helps with community building, career development, and growth as well.”

For more information about the Career Fair that won the award, see the writeup on our blog.

About Unitus Community Credit Union

Unitus Community Credit Union is passionate about helping people get smart about their money and take control of their future throughout Portland Metro, Salem, and the State of Washington. At Unitus, we’re dedicated to doing the right thing for our community with low rates on loans, high returns on savings, neighborhood branches, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for all people in our communities. Visit to learn more about our commitment to personally walking our members toward bigger and brighter personal bests.

About the World Council of Credit Unions

The World Council of Credit Unions is a 501(c)(6) trade association, and their Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Both are funded by member dues, government agency and foundation grants, and annual gifts to the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions


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