Washington credit unions partner to fundraise on behalf of Pasco Goodwill in celebration of 73rd annual International Credit Union Day October 21, 2021

RICHLAND, WA (October 19, 2021) — In celebration of the 73rd annual International Credit Union (ICU) Day, local credit unions Gesa, HAPO, Numerica, STCU, and Tri-CU, are partnering to coordinate an internal clothing drive and fundraiser benefitting the Pasco, Washington Goodwill. Together, these Washington credit unions will donate $10,000 and an abundance of clothing to Goodwill on October 21, 2021.

To commemorate their partnership, participating credit unions will unveil a wrapped wall at the Pasco Goodwill titled “The Credit Union Closet – brought to you by your local credit unions.” The unveiling will occur directly following the donation presentation on October 21.

In conjunction with their forthcoming monetary donation, local credit unions are conducting an internal clothing drive to provide professional attire for job interviews to those in need.

Additionally, participating credit unions have generated free financial tips and educational worksheets, available via Goodwill’s website. To incentivize the public to take advantage of these assets, all clothing donation recipients who complete a worksheet will receive an additional outfit for future interviews.

“At the heart of a credit union, is our member’s commitment to making a positive impact on our community,” said Don Miller, President and CEO of Gesa Credit Union. “We are thrilled to come together with our fellow credit unions and Goodwill to give back to our community. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate International Credit Union Day than by helping foster professional and financial development to those in need.”

This International Credit Union Day, our goal was to create internal charitable initiatives that help garner financial education awareness, in support of ICU’s 2021 theme: “building financial health for a brighter tomorrow.”

International Credit Union (ICU) Day celebrates the spirit of the global credit union movement.  The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement’s history, promote its achievements, recognize hard work and share member experiences. International Credit Union Day has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948.

The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the tremendous work that credit unions and other financial cooperatives are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more engaged. The day of festivities for credit unions and financial cooperatives globally includes fundraisers, open houses, contents, picnics, volunteering and parades.

About Gesa Credit Union

nearly 290,000 members strong. Gesa is a full-service financial institution that offers a complete array of consumer, mortgage, and business products and services. Headquartered in Richland, Washington, Gesa operates 29 branches, loan centers, full-service student-operated campus branches at Washington State University, and 13 student-operated high school branches across Washington state. The Gesa Community Foundation, established in 2022, further supports Gesa’s ongoing commitment to local communities and charitable giving, which includes support for schools, Local Heroes groups, and community organizations through its Affinity Debit Card Program, as well as through its annual youth scholarships, and free financial and educational resources available to members and the general public. For more information, visit


Xiamara Garza
Curator PR for Gesa Credit Union

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