Unitus Community Credit Union launches 12th annual holiday drive to benefit community partners

PORTLAND, OR (November 10, 2014)  Unitus Community Credit Union, a Portland-based credit union with more than 85,000 members, has launched its 12th annual holiday drive. The drive runs through December 12 and includes a number of opportunities for employees, members and local residents to make the holidays special for children and families in need.

During the month-long drive, Unitus employees embrace the challenge to generate donations and gifts for those served by the credit union’s charitable partners. They divide into teams for a friendly competition to collect as many items as possible from Unitus’ 2014 holiday “wish list,” which includes non-perishable food, clothing, toys for children and many other items. Employees hand-deliver the collected donations to Unitus’ community partners: Good Neighbor CenterSnowCapShareClackamas Service Center and Help-ing Hands.  Unitus members and local residents can also lend help by donating new and unwrapped items at one of the credit union’s eight branch locations.

“Our annual holiday drive is all about bringing people together to make a difference for others,” said Unitus Community Marketing Coordinator Aimee Berg.  “Our outstanding community partners help residents in need all year ‘round, and it’s a privilege to support and spread word of their service to local communities during the holiday season.”

Over the next few weeks, Unitus employees will engage in a variety of creative fundraisers to buy gifts for families that otherwise would have none to enjoy.  Employees will assemble the items into decorated shoeboxes and deliver them to Unitus’ community partners to share as gifts during the holidays.

“To see the joy and surprise on the faces of those receiving gifts is a wonderful experience,” said Berg. “We are grateful for the service all our community partners provide and are working to make this year’s drive the best yet.”

Through December 12, Unitus will also donate $5 per checking or savings account opened to one of its five partnering charities.

About Unitus Community Credit Union
Unitus Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution serving people living or working in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Benton, Columbia, Deschutes, Douglas, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Linn and Lane counties in Oregon and the state of Washington. Additional information about Unitus is available at or by calling (800) 452-0900.

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