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Ventura County CU is working with the Foundation of Ventura County CU, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering goodwill and charitable giving in the local community, to collect donations of money or canned goods for Ventura County FOOD Share’s seventh annual CAN-tree drive.

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American First CU volunteers and Buena Park City staff collaborating to beautify William Peak Park.

American First CU helped beautify and restore William Peak Park located in the City of Buena Park as part of its community service day. With a group of 105 volunteers working together for one cause, credit union associates fanned out at the park to pick up trash, plant flowers, trim bushes, paint over graffiti, fill holes in the baseball diamond, and refresh a skate park

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Pacific Service CU contributed $14,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year through an event sponsorship and volunteer fundraising for the non-profit’s Light the Night campaign. The credit union coordinated a wide range of creative opportunities for employees to donate including $20 cards good for five days to wear jeans to work, $10 raffle tickets for a free day of paid time off, and tickets for a pizza day, nacho day, ice cream sundae day and “BBQ by the Boss” lunch. Pacific Service CU employees also participated in the East Bay Light the Night Walk.

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Ventura County CU partnered with Ribbons of Life (RoL) Breast Cancer Foundation for the fifth year in a row to raise funds in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The credit union raised $1,343.72 to donate to RoL through the combination of Oxnard Firefighters Foundation T-shirt sales and individual donations from credit union members and staff.

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Penny Cleary, Redwood CU Community Programs Manager.

Redwood CU has hired Penny Cleary as community programs manager. In her new role, Cleary will lead the team that brings Redwood CU’s comprehensive community programs to the counties it serves, including Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, and San Francisco.

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Members 1st CU is providing special financial assistance and loan programs for those directly impacted by the Camp Fire. Existing members and non-members are encouraged to contact the credit union to take advantage of all support and resources possible. In addition, Camp Fire survivors will receive reversals for fees associated with mortgages, consumer loans, and checking accounts.

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Thirty-eight Altura Credit Union employees and their family members raised funds to bring breast cancer services to the local community.

Altura CU employees and their family members recently participated in the 2018 Annual Pink on Parade Breast Cancer Awareness Walk to raise funds for The Pink Ribbon Place, a program of the nonprofit Riverside Community Health Foundation. Altura CU also was an event sponsor for the second consecutive year.

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Ventura County CU has been ranked as the top U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in Ventura County for the second year in a row. In addition, the credit union was ranked 71st overall in SBA loan volume out of a total of 134 lenders in the SBA's Los Angeles District Office. To date, Ventura County CU has generated more than $20 million in SBA loans.

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Jose Alvarez, Redwood CU Sonoma Branch Manager.

Redwood CU Sonoma Branch Manager Jose Alvarez was honored with a Latino Business Leadership Award by the North Bay Business Journal. Presented to 13 honorees, the North Bay Business Journal’s Latino Business Leadership Awards recognize outstanding Latino leaders in the North Bay Area. Alvarez was recognized for helping the community—especially members of the Hispanic community—thrive by offering financial literacy workshops that help people understand their savings and credit options and gain confidence in using them.

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Pacific Marine CU is changing its name and brand identity as part of a strategic initiative to differentiate and disrupt the Southern California financial services competitive landscape. The credit union will change its name to Frontwave CU and begin its transformation in November 2018.

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Jeremy Empol, VP, Federal Government Affairs at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; and Nader Moghaddam, CEO of Financial Partners CU.

Financial Partners CU hosted the first inaugural Advocacy LA meeting with more than 90 credit unions and 1.6 million credit union members in Los Angeles represented. With the goal of representing local credit unions with one voice to build and strengthen political relationships at the federal, state and local levels, the Advocacy LA group’s goal is to represent the movement, not only individual credit unions. After this inaugural meeting, Advocacy LA’s next steps are to map out the headquarters and plan meetings throughout the year with legislators and encourage attendance for credit unions at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Christian Community CU employees held their 18th annual cancer awareness fundraiser and raised $4,150. The amount included an employee matching donation offered by the Credit Union’s senior management team. Employees had the option to give to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research, City of Hope for leukemia research, and The American Cancer Society for colon cancer research.

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North Bay Credit Union opened its third branch in Sonoma Valley, which offers a complete range of financial services including car loans, business accounts, and specialized home loans not available from most local banks. There’s also an onsite 24-hour ATM.

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Christian Community CU has donated $5,000 towards Hurricane Michael disaster relief efforts in partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF)’s CUAid initiative. The credit union also donated $5,000 to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) for the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia.


CU of Southern California CEO Dave Gunderson (seventh from the left) presents check to St. Joseph’s Foundation in Orange, CA.

CU of Southern California donated $200,000 to 15 local charities, including CAPC, Inc., Whittier Host Lions Club for its Sight for Kids Event, Soroptimist International of Whittier, Murphy Ranch Little League for field maintenance, Women’s & Children’s Crisis Shelter in Whittier, and Boys & Girls Club Whittier.


Eric Maldonado, Redwood CU Business Development Manager.

Redwood CU has hired Eric Maldonado as business development manager. In his new role, Maldonado will oversee Redwood CU’s team of business development officers who serve Marin, Napa, and other communities. His responsibilities include development of business and community group services in all of Redwood CU’s local service areas, with a focus on San Francisco, an area of anticipated growth for the credit union.


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Evening of Networking and Painting" hosted by Beach Cities Chapter.

Beach Cities Chapter hosted an "Evening of Networking and Painting" where credit union colleagues came together for some fun, networking, and painting their own masterpieces.   


Redwood CU President and CEO Brett Martinez.

Redwood CU President and CEO Brett Martinez will be honored with The National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) Anchor Award for his exemplary leadership during the 2017 Northern California Wildfires.

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Compass Community CU celebrated International Credit Union Day with festivities for members. This year, it’s the platinum anniversary, a chance to look back after 70 years and be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by the unique principles and actions of our movement.


Students and a parent from Furgeson Elementary School and Principal Alejandro Gutierrez with staff from LBS Financial CU’s marketing department in their new parent learning center.                  

LBS Financial CU partnered with Furgeson Elementary School in ABC Unified School District this past summer to collect school supplies and wish list items for the 2018-2019 school year and delivered their donation on Sept. 26, 2018, including six training room tables, 90 headphones, 360 individual student whiteboards, 64 mini-whiteboard erasers, 492 boxes of crayons, and an assortment of other school supplies.


Mario Gutierrez, Redwood CU Napa branch manager.

Redwood CU has promoted Mario Gutierrez to manager of its Napa branch at 1705 First Street. In his new role, Gutierrez is responsible for overseeing member service, staff management, and daily branch operations, as well as local community and business development efforts.

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Altura CU has launched a new service, InstaPayTM, to make person-to-person cash transfers quick and easy. InstaPayTM, available through Altura’s mobile app and website, bypasses the need to download and sign up with third-party services such as Venmo or Zelle.

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Christian Community CU donated $5,000 towards Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA. The credit union also donated $5,000 to American Baptist Home Mission Societies for their “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” initiative.

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SafeAmerica CU employees helped package and ship life-saving meals to starving and malnourished children in developing countries and the United States via the Kids Against Hunger Bay Area organization.

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Pacific Marine CU celebrated the opening of their newest branch in Wildomar, CA on Sept. 10, 2018. The branch features the credit union’s new state-of-the-art Branch 2.0 model, delivering a new type of member experience that combines personalized service, technology, and branding elements with a focus on reinventing the member experience.