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Giving back $236,825 to community

Numerica Credit Union presented $236,825 to 11 local non-profits. The donation comes from Numerica’s Charitable Fund, which is funded by the Skip a Pay program where members can skip a month of payments in lieu of a $30 donation.

"You can measure the quality of a community by the way in which we take care of those in need," said Carla Cicero, president and CEO. "Numerica is committed to giving back at least five percent of our earnings to help support those in need and make our communities better places to live, work and play."

The Skip a Pay program has been a way the credit union could offer a bit of flexibility in loan repayment to their members. Donations to the Numerica Charitable Fund will provide a big impact in the communities Numerica serves.

Numerica focuses on fostering education, supporting women and children, and ending hunger and homelessness. Nonprofit partners who embodied this support presented their financial need to Numerica’s leadership team in a 30-minute presentation.

Major gifts were made to the following charities:

Daybreak Youth Services

Provides intensive in-patient treatment to teenage girls who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. $30,000 will go to support their "Paths to Prosperity" program that exposes patients to all a better life has to offer.

Women & Children’s Free Restaurant

Provides nutritious meals to women and children in need through their free restaurant. They also serve as a resource for 22 other local nonprofits by providing frozen, prepared meals that are assembled and distributed through the kitchen each week.

They were awarded $15,000 to help expand the Nutrition To Go program, their outreach meals program which currently transforms more than 50 tons of fresh foods into nutritious meals for over 20 partner nonprofits each year.

Family Promise of Spokane

Provides emergency housing services to families with children in efforts to maintain their safety and security. Numerica’s support of $20,000 will fund their VILLAGE Post Treatment Services, providing classes and mentor groups on healthy living, budgeting, cooking, healthy parenting, and more. These services help families stay on their feet once they secure housing and thrive.

Boys & Girls Club of Benton Franklin Counties

Provides creative and interactive opportunities for at-risk youth. Numerica’s $30,000 donation will support the organization’s "The Road to Success" program by providing a safe vehicle for transporting kids from the Tri-Cities and Prosser clubs to meaningful and engaging activities and tours.

In addition, these funds will support the College Readiness Program where high school students are taken on field trips to experience a variety of college campuses in Washington State.

Children’s Reading Foundation (CRF)

Dedicated to helping children nationwide read on grade level by the end of the third grade through in-school programs, parenting support and through important community partnerships that ensure all children have access to quality books.

Currently, CRF provides each child at the Union Gospel Mission Women & Children’s Shelter with a book in the summer. Numerica’s donation of $29,825 will allow CRF to expand their summer reading program, providing books for these children year-round.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s "Pets for Life" program

Supports pets and their families in times of financial and emotional hardship. Numerica’s $5,000 supports the program, which covers the cost of veterinary expenses, food assistance, supplies, spay/neuter vaccine clinics, rental assistance for per fees, and emergency boarding in efforts to support the health and well-being of the pet as well as their owner.

Big Table

Provides support for those working in the hospitality or restaurant industry. These industries have some of the most vulnerable demographics seen in the nation: single parents, at-risk teens, immigrants, those with limited English competency, income-insecure seniors and ex-felons trying to turn their lives around. Numerica’s donation of $25,000 will support their Housing Stability Program, which is the number one need of individuals referred to Big Table.

Spokane Public Schools Foundation (SPSF)

Exists to provide resources to Spokane Public Schools educators for expanded learning opportunities. Since its founding in 2006, SPSF has awarded more than $165,000 in classroom grants to promote learning amongst all students regardless of economic and social standing. Numerica’s donation of $5,000 (with an additional $5,000 committed for 2019) will fund two $2,500 grants for education projects that embody innovation and collaboration.

The Spokane Symphony’s educational programs

These programs currently serve over 18,000 students from 37 districts annually with over half coming from low-income homes. Numerica’s donation of $20,000 will help fund an upgrade to their visual projector technology, adding interest and interactivity to their current educational programs.

These funds will also allow the Symphony to reserve approximately 100 tickets for each of five youth-focused events to be used by at-risk and low-income youth groups so that they too can experience the magic of the symphony.

Volunteers of America’s Hope House

Spokane’s primary emergency overnight shelter for homeless women is at capacity and sadly turning away numerous women every night. In efforts to support homeless women in need of services and housing, Hope House employs a Housing Resource Specialist who provides referrals to mental health, substance abuse, and physical health services with a focus on moving women from homelessness to housing. Numerica’s donation of $40,000 will provide funding for this position, ensuring that over 100 women can say they are "home" and not "homeless."

YWCA’s Drop-In Childcare Center

Provides a high quality, caring experience for the children of YWCA clients. This, in turn, allows moms to focus their energies on regaining their freedom and self-sufficiency. Numerica’s donation of $17,000 (with an additional $17,000 committed per year in 2019 and 2020) will help bridge the 25 percent funding gap they are currently experiencing, ultimately ensuring that the YWCA will not have to turn children away.

In 2017, the Spokane Valley-based credit union gave over $1.3 million back to the community.

"Support from our loyal members has helped build a strong foundation," said Cicero. "Numerica is dedicated to enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams and building communities."

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