Rivermark Community Fund
Supporting the Local Community
Established in February 2016 with an initial Credit Union contribution of $100,000, the purpose of the Rivermark Community Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation 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.
Help Strengthen Our Communities
We’ve set a goal to grow the Fund to $1,000,000 through a variety of fundraising activities and with donations from members, volunteers and employees. Members are encouraged to participate by donating directly to The Rivermark Community Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.Donate Online
We are pleased to announce Rebuilding Together as this year's $20,000 grant recipient.
Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit organization that assists low-income homeowners with needed home repairs at no cost. The Washington County and Portland chapters of Rebuilding Together will each receive $10,000. “We focus on the elderly, people with disabilities, families with children and veterans and are so grateful for the support of Rivermark,” said Danielle Schira, Rebuilding Together’s Executive Director for Washington County.
Rivermark’s donation comes at a time when many local families are feeling overwhelmed with rising rent and housing costs.
“The stress around housing insecurity can have an impact on the overall health and financial well-being of people in the communities we serve,” said Seth Schaefer, Rivermark’s President/CEO. “Giving back to the community is an important part of our core values. This donation is just a start of our commitment and partnership with Rebuilding Together,” continued Schaefer.About RT Wash. Co. About RT PDX
JOIN PDX was selected as the 2019 recipient of a $20,000 grant. JOIN PDX, is leading with inspirational and effective programs to assist the homeless population in Portland transition into permanent housing. In 2018, they helped 1,377 individuals transition from homelessness to permanent housing, including 161 families with children. 83% of the households they helped into housing retained their housing for at least twelve months.
“We’re thrilled to partner with JOIN in support of their mission to address housing instability head-on with unique programs and affordable housing partnerships that are truly transforming people’s lives,” said Seth Schaefer, Rivermark Community Credit Union’s President/CEO.
Rivermark has previously partnered with JOIN through their Winter Warmth Drive the past two years. Beyond the grant and Warmth Drive, Rivermark is planning other events throughout 2020 to raise awareness and funds to fight homelessness.About JOIN PDX
Rivermark recently presented a $20,000 check to Janet Hamada, Executive Director of The Next Door. The organization's "Promoting Prosperity" program provides education, business planning resources, and guidance to help Latino entrepreneurs set up or expand their businesses. They also provide assistance in securing funding to help make their dream a reality.
The Next Door recently purchased a building in The Dalles to expand their services in the area. Rivermark was happy to partner with them to help with some of the capital expenditures for this expansion. To date, the Next Door has helped over thirty businesses in Hood River and Wasco Counties.About The Next Door
TiE Young Entrepreneurs Program Oregon is the 2016 recipient of a $3,750 grant from the Rivermark Community Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation with a goal to inspire, challenge and empower students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, business and community leaders.
The Credit Union is also donating $11,250 to expedite the expansion of the program locally to two other high schools. The program is currently open to all high school students in the Portland Metro area with a satellite program at Benson Polytechnic High School. Seasoned entrepreneurs and mentors coach high school students based on a business-focused curriculum, which runs annually from November through May.About TiE Young Entrepreneurs
Doing Our Part
Giving back to the communities we serve has always been a driving force of who we are. We are proud to be good neighbors and here is how we are doing our part:
- Rivermark will commit a budgeted portion of earnings to the Fund, incorporating various methods and programs in order to do so.
- Rivermark employees have the flexibility to decide when, where and for what cause they volunteer.
- Two days of Volunteer Time Off (VTO) per year. Our employees are encouraged to volunteer with any organization they’re passionate about.
- Employees and volunteers are also encouraged to contribute to the Fund at their discretion.
How You Can Get Involved
Our goal is to grow the Fund to $1,000,000 so we can continue to give large distributions to deserving organizations. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation directly to the fund.
You can also participate in our annual charity golf tournament. Learn more.
The Rivermark Community Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation- empowering community partners to create sustainable, affordable, fair, and equitable housing within our communities.