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Rivermark and the Community

Rivermark volunteering with Friends of the Children.

Rivermark not only strives to give back to our members but to also make a difference for the communities we serve. We have three main community development pillars: housing security, children’s health, and fighting hunger. We believe that the credit union model can act as an accelerator in addressing these issues. Rivermark offers paid volunteer time off to empower our employees to go out and make a difference in our community.

In addition to our volunteerism and charitable giving, we also have the Rivermark Community Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to local nonprofit organizations that fit our mission to create sustainable, affordable, fair, and equitable housing within the communities we serve.

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Volunteerism and Charitable Giving

KGW great food drive.

KGW Great Food Drive

We are a proud sponsor of the KGW Great Food Drive. This annual event collects food and cash donation for the Oregon Food Bank to then give to our communities in need. It is the largest food drive in Portland and benefits thousands of individuals by collecting multi-million pounds of food each year.

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Doernbecher Children's Hospital building.

Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Since 1983, members have helped Rivermark raise more than $500,000 to help fund critical treatments, equipment, research, and charitable care for Doernbecher. Doernbecher is recognized as one of America's leading children's hospitals and offers the region’s broadest range of pediatric treatments. 

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Rivermark volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank.

Oregon Food Bank

Rivermark employees regularly volunteer their time at the Oregon Food Bank helping pack and sort food for families in the area. The goal of the food bank is to eliminate hunger in Oregon by providing meals to families in need, as well as tackle the root causes of hunger in our region. We encourage others to volunteer or make a donation at OFB.

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Rivermark volunteers with Rebuilding Together.

Rebuilding Together

Rivermark continues to volunteer alongside Rebuilding Together, our 2020 Rivermark Community Fund Grant recipient. Rebuilding Together provides critical home repairs, accessibility modifications, and important improvements at no cost for low-income homeowners. They focus on underserved populations and target repairs to address key health and safety hazards. 

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Store to Door volunteers.

Store to Door

Rivermark volunteers continue to shop till they drop for a great cause in our community. Store to Door supports independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service.

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Rivermark volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity

Rivermark volunteers have rolled up their sleeves to help build multiple homes with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families with affordable housing through sweat equity and by proving homeowner education for them to succeed.

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Rivermark warmth drive donations.

Warmth Drive with JOIN PDX

For multiple years now Rivermark has teamed up with our 2019 Rivermark Community Fund Grant Recipient JOIN PDX, for a winter warmth drive. Together we collect donations for staff and the community for the JOIN PDX team to disperse to those experiencing homelessness in Portland during the colder winter months.

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Financial Beginnings

For years Rivermark has partnered with Financial Beginnings, an organization dedicated to providing financial education to youth. Rivermark staff volunteer to use their career experience and personal knowledge to teach students the basics of Banking, Budgeting, Investing, Credit, and Risk Management.

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Northwest Cherry Festival

Each year Rivermark sponsors the Children's Court at the Northwest Cherry Festival in The Dalles. Photo contest entries dropped off at the branch result in the crowning of Mr. Royal Andy and Miss Royal Ann. Winners earn a place in the Cherry Festival Parade.

Do you have an event or cause you would like Rivermark to be involved with? Please contact us and let us know! We love finding new ways to give back to our community.

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Recent Community Involvement

2021 Golf Tournament Recap

This year's annual charity golf tournament was a huge success. We raised $42,380.12 for the Rivermark Community Fund, which supports nonprofit housing organizations in the areas we serve.

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Giving Back in Uncertain Times

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This article focuses on the benefits of giving back to your community, and ways to do it. Giving back to the community can give you a sense of purpose and positivity. It can also help you connect with others and even grow your skills or learn new ones. If you are looking for ways to boost your mood, use extra free time productively, and set positive examples for friends, family, and children in your life, we have a few ideas to get you going. Below are our top picks for giving back this winter.

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2020 Grant Recipient

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Each year, Rivermark evaluates the needs facing the communities it serves and selects a grant recipient from the Rivermark Community Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. We are pleased to announce Rebuilding Together as this year’s $20,000 grant recipient.

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Wildfire Relief Support

Oregon wildfire

As the wildfires continue to spread throughout the Pacific Northwest, we share your concern and stand ready to support our members, employees, and the communities we serve. Read on for the full message from our CEO.

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Taking a Stand Against Inequality

Taking a stand

We mourn together the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others in our nation’s long struggle with systemic racism and inequality. With recent events and the underlying circumstances, I believe it is important to restate Rivermark's unequivocal commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion. READ ON FOR FULL CEO MESSAGE.

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