Rivermark Community Fund Golf Tournament
The Rivermark Community Fund hosted its 6th annual charity golf tournament on Friday, August 21st, 2023. The day was filled with golf, laughter, games, and charitable giving. This was our most successful tournament with more than $70,000 raised to support equitable and affordable housing in our community.
"This amazing event has done great things by raising money for causes our community cares about. It may be hot; it may be a long day but I have so much fun being a part of something bigger." - Josh, Mortgage Servicing Administrator
Community Roots Collaborative
Our partnership with Community Roots Collaborative (C-Roots) began in 2022 and we’ve continued to foster a great relationship with the organization over the last few years. C-Roots is a non-profit organization aimed at creating stable and affordable housing using tiny home communities and on-site wrap around services. Their holistic approach to empowering residents to break the cycle of homelessness and regain their independence is the driving force behind C-Roots’ efforts. Throughout 2023, we partnered with C-Roots in several ways to support different needs and events.
2023 Grant to C-Roots
The Rivermark Community Fund directed its 2023 annual grant of $25,000 – an increase of $5,000 from previous years – to C-Roots. This donation specifically will support building out of the kitchen and communal area of their second complex of tiny homes on O-street in Vancouver, WA. "This is our second grant to C-Roots and we look forward to continuing our partnership, as their mission aligns with our values. Not only does C-Roots directly support our Funds’ mission to affordable housing, but their wrap around service vision addresses the underlying issues around housing." -Seth Schaefer, Rivermark's President/CEO
Spring Fest Gardening Event at C-Roots
With Love Oregon
Rivermark has partnered with With Love Oregon for several volunteering events and drives this year. With Love Oregon is an organization that is dedicated to foster families and foster children ages 0-6 by providing resources needed to support those in need. In February, twelve Rivermark employees spent three hours at the With Love facility in Tigard to help them sort through clothing that had been donated by the community. It was a great opportunity for our team to see firsthand the impact With Love has on our community and their constant dedication to protecting some of our most vulnerable groups.
Then in May, Rivermark alongside With Love Oregon held a sock drive at each of our branch locations. With members, employees, and community partners alike, we collected and delivered just over 300 pairs of socks to With Love Oregon.
“We were really impressed with how well organized and dedicated to the community With Love is. We look forward to working with them again in 2024.” – Rob, Hawthorne Branch Manager
Since 2019, PDX Diaper Bank and Rivermark have teamed up to support their mission in providing no cost diapering supplies to low-income and houseless families through community agency partnerships. In May, our branches held a Diaper Drive in collaboration with PDX Diaper Bank. Together we collected $700 in donations, over 600 diapers, and Rivermark personally donated $1,000 at PDX Diaper Bank's gala event that same month.
"This partnership came about during my time on maternity leave and maneuvering through different postpartum supporting organizations. It's organizations like PDX Diaper Bank that really help support new parents, low income families, and those from historically marginalized communities with little resources. Thank you PDX Diaper Bank for trusting us to be a sponsor." - Cristian, Hollywood Assistant Branch Manager
Rivermark has a long-standing partnership with Credit Uniosn for Kids (CU4Kids) - a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions and business partners from across the country. Over the course of 2023, we attended several events and were involved in numerous donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) through CU4Kids.
Donation to Doernbecher
In June, Rivermark collaborated with other credit unions in the area to pledge $5 million to Doernbecher Children's Hospital through CU4Kids. This donation went toward creating a new hybrid operating suite at the hospital. It allowed the expansion of innovative, life-saving pediatric cardiac care in the region, and will be essential for patients across the region experiencing high-levels of trauma and the rarest types of disease.
"This philanthropic investment will dramatically elevate the quality and safety of cardiac care for Doernbecher patients. Credit Unions for Kids has had a long history of serving families in our community and we're thrilled to be able to make this significant investment in the health of these children." -Seth Schaefer, President and CEO at Rivermark
Benefit at GoWest Maxx Event
In October 2023, Rivermark leaders attended the annual GoWest Credit Union Association MAXX Convention, wherein together, we raised $1.2 million for 11 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during the "Totally Awesome CU4Kids Auction & 80's Prom Bash." Not only did our team have a totally tubular time at the convention, but they were able to leave feeling good about the support for our community they provided.
School Supply Drive With The NextDoor
The School Supply Drive was a partnership with The NextDoor Inc. to collect school supplies for a special program they have throughout the month of August. The cornerstone program, Klahre House Alternative School, provides educational instruction and treatment services for youth in our foster care program. Together, we collected about 150 items to donate.
Fam Jam Sponsoring
KGW Great Food Drive
Rivermark has partnered with KGW for the Great Food Drive for 7 years now. Each one more successful and engaging than the last. This year, we took a different approach and focused on the smaller communities around Portland. Each Rivermark branch partnered with a local food bank in their area so donators could rest assured knowing their donations were going right back to their local community. We also volunteered several times at the Oregon Food Bank so our employees could better understand the impact this food insecurity has on the community. In total, the food drive collected over 2.2 million meals for our community, with Rivermark branches collecting more than 1,600 pounds of non-perishables.
“Participating in the 2023 KGW Great Food Drive as a Rivermark employee was a worthwhile endeavor. Packing food and organizing for the Oregon Food Bank, we saw firsthand the significant role community involvement plays. It's not just about filling boxes, it's about providing hope, one meal at a time. This experience, though simple in its tasks, has left a lasting impression, subtly reminding me of the importance of lending a hand where we can." – Alex, Marketing Automation Specialist
Oregon Food Bank
Rivermark has a long-standing partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. Our team has been volunteering with them for years, and 2023 was no different. We volunteered with Oregon Food Bank several times throughout the year and even broke our own record for having the most Rivermark volunteers at a single volunteering event!
To support the KGW Great Food Drive in March this year, Rivermark held two volunteering opportunities at the Oregon Food Bank for our staff to better connect with the mission and goal of the Great Food Drive. Our team of employees, board members, and family members came together to truly walk the walk by putting together 19,198 meals for our local community. And in October, our mortgage team spent time together at the Oregon Food Bank packaging meals. In total, they packaged 3,768 meals for the community – with just four team members!
"I love my job and helping members daily, but I also love that Rivermark gives me the opportunity to help others in need as well. Oregon Food bank has been helping eliminate hunger and its root causes since 1982. I am proud to say that I play a part in that thanks to Rivermark." - Josh, Mortgage Servicing Administrator
Bradley Angle is one of Rivermark’s close partnerships that serves those affected by domestic violence. They focus on short-term and sustainable housing for individuals affected by or at high risk of domestic violence by placing them in centers and providing safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope. In 2023 Rivermark opened 5 memberships for individuals participating in Bradley Angle’s housing program using a trauma-informed alternative membership process that removes barriers for these individuals and allows them to get into a safe financial institution.
"Since our introduction to the amazing programs at Bradley Angle, Rivermark has been ready and willing to follow every turn to keep finding solutions with much needed empathy, empowerment, and resources. We will continue to elevate financial dignity in the face of domestic violence. We knew this partnership would be unique. What we didn't realize is that this partnership would shape the way Rivermark can show up for community members. Often the simplest of actions can have the greatest impacts. We are truly honored to recognize this partnerships as one of the first of its kind and it has helped us in our commitment to find financial wellbeing for all." - Alisa, Financial Wellness Manager
In October, Rivermark sponsored the annual Bradley Angle GlamHy Awards. The event is centered around an awards ceremony that recognizes individuals and organizations who've made a significant impact in the field of domestic violence awareness/prevention. Together, we raised over $44,000 for Bradley Angle programming.
"It is an honor to celebrate Rivermark's one of a kind partnership with Bradley Angle at the annual GlamHy Awards. Having the opportunity to raise funds, hear from survivors, and celebrate community champions alongside Bradley Angle allows us to continue to strive to bring financial empowerment to all." - Kaity, Community Partnership Manager
Urban League and the Financial Empowerment Collaborative
The Financial Empowerment Collaborative (FEC) is a partnership between the Urban League of Portland and five Portland area CU’s (Rivermark, Advantis, Unitus, Consolidated CU, and PointWest) with the help of GoWest. Our Mission is to advance the financial well-being of African American and Black Oregonians, together.
Urban League Career Fair
We were fortunate to be invited to the Urban League's 38th annual invite-only Career Connections Fair. We had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of diverse career seekers and share our current employment vacancies. The Urban League promotes "that our employers are as diverse as the career seekers who attend and have a range of positions available" so we're all the more grateful to have been invited to this event.
Urban League Bite of Reality
In July, an event was put on for students that volunteer with the Urban League. In this hands-on simulation, 20 students were given a fictional occupation, salary, credit score, family dynamic, student loans, etc. and they spend the time "purchasing" things like housing, transportation, food, clothing, and other needs that adults often need. However, if the students ran out of money or didn't budget well enough, they had the opportunity to meet with a credit union (that's us!) to work with financial coaches and get their budget back on track.
Urban League Resource Fair
In August, we attended a back-to-school resource fair where we introduced attendees to a new app created by the credit unions that are part of the Financial Empowerment Collaborative: AZIE app. This app allows users to connect to a financial coach at all five of the FEC credit unions.
Bridge the Gap Resource Fair
Earth Day Clean Up for the International School of Portland
A team of Rivermark employees spent Earth Day helping create a clean space for the International School of Portland for students and staff to work and learn in.
“We've done clean ups with SOLVE before but rarely have we received the level of thanks that we did from the staff for our efforts. Seeing that the work we did meant so much to them was a heartwarming experience, and we appreciate getting to help a school that embraces diversity and understanding of one another so completely." - Zach, Facilities and Maintenance Technician
Latino Cultural Festival
We attended the 17th annual Latino Cultural Festival in early June. While the festivities included a colorful parade, a diverse entertainment lineup, Latin cuisine from various food vendors, an art village, and tons of local business and non-profits connecting with more than 10,000 attendees, we were grateful to be part of this culturally rich event.
“The Latino Home Fair with Hacienda CDC and the Latino Cultural Festival through Farmworkers Housing Development Corp. have impacted me greatly by allowing me give back to the community and connecting with potential members and realtor partners.” – Ceasar, Mortgage Loan Officer
Portland and Vancouver Pride
Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17, 2023 was Random Acts of Kindness Day and we went all out to celebrate. We gave 20 random members that came into our branches or called into our video banking team a crisp $50 bill to spend however they please. Members that came in throughout the day were so excited to come in and be surprised with an extra $50 to help them out. One member mentioned that they were short on paying a bill that month and this was exactly what they needed to help get them through!
NW Cherry Festival
Every year in April, The Dalles Chamber hosts the Northwest Cherry Festival that takes place downtown in The Dalles. It is the Gorge's largest parade, including a classic car show, a great Cherry Trail, local music and bands, and also a fair! The festival stretches back since the 1970's to celebrate the deep agricultural heritage and western roots, as well as celebrating the cherry blossoms and it's an indication that harvest is coming. We’re grateful to have been part of the festivities again this year.
Our team had a float in the parade where we were able to connect with local community members and other local businesses. We also held the vote casting for Royal Anne and Andy for the festival. Every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 3-7 are voted to represent the “Little Royal Court” and are crowned just before the parade. While votes were allowed online, Rivermark has been the exclusive in-person voting option for those who chose to vote that way for several years now, and 2023 was no different!
Hawthorne Street Fair
The Rivermark Hawthorne branch has been attending the Hawthorne Street Fair in late August for almost 20 years, and this year’s 40th anniversary of the street fair was one for the books. You could find us at our tent handing out Rivermark swag, checking out the other vendors, and maybe playing a little cornhole. Look for us there in 2024 because we’ll be back!
“It’s a great way to connect with the residents, businesses, and artists that make the Hawthorne neighborhood so special. We love strolling the boulevard and spotting member businesses: from tie-dye shirts to metal works to delicious breakfast sandwiches, Rivermark business members are everywhere, contributing in their unique ways to the quirky and creative scene that Hawthorne Boulevard is famous for.” – Josh, Hawthorne Assistant Branch Manager