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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

Supporting Ukrainian CU Fund

Ukraine Flag

We are joining credit unions from around the world to support the Ukrainian Credit Union Displacement Fund which will direct support to mitigate both short and long-term impacts to Ukraine's credit union system and those that look to it for support, including both employees and members. Rivermark has donated $5,000 to the Fund.

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2021 Grant Winner

Oregon Energy Fund

The Rivermark Community Fund has directed its 2021 grant to provide $20,000 in utility bill assistance through the Oregon Energy Fund (OEF). The donation will support households in Clackamas, Gilliam, Hood River, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, and Yamhill counties. Amidst lingering financial challenges from the pandemic that range from global supply chain constraints and rising costs to staffing shortages and stagnant wages, many US residents face steep increases in the cost of heating their home and keeping the lights on this winter.

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Rebuilding Together Day

Rivermark employees and their family members sprang into action for another volunteer day with Rebuilding Together Portland. Rain or shine, the team of 17 had a hearty list of home improvements planned, and thankfully, the sun showed up and shined on throughout the workday.

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Urban League FEC

As many of you know, Rivermark strives to build and give back to the community we serve. Financial wellness is at the heart of the Credit Union industry and is an ongoing focus at Rivermark. With that, we are excited to announce Rivermark's latest initiative in collaboration with other local credit unions: The Urban League Financial Empowerment Collaborative.

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IRCO School Supply Drive

School Supplies for Children

This year, Rivermark Community Credit Union partnered with IRCO to collect donations for students across our region. Rivermark members who are local to the Hawthorne and Tualatin branches showed their generosity in giving this year, and we are grateful to all our members who donated this year!

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