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Christmas comes early for five non-profits

CEO on the Road

Christmas is a time for giving, opening your heart and helping one another. Once a year, Numerica Credit Union’s President and CEO, Carla Cicero, grabs her Santa hat and hits the road to surprise five local charities with a $5,000 donation. For many of these organizations, this unexpected gift is a true Christmas miracle with a lasting impact.

The recipients of Numerica’s 2016 CEO on the Road were the CDA Backpack Program, North Idaho CASA, Mission Park Ability Field, Mission Community Outreach Center and the Jonah Project.

“Numerica is dedicated to helping our community year round, but today is one of my favorite days of the year,” Carla explains with a smile. “This donation is going to make a huge difference in the work that these charities do in our community!”

CEO on the Road was created to directly assist local non-profits with unrestricted funds, an important distinction with end of year budget deadlines approaching.

“They had no idea about the donation, just that we wanted to learn more,” says Cicero.

In her modern day Santa sleigh, Cicero and her team of elves pull up to an unsuspecting house in Spokane’s Garland district. In what appears to be a normal house lives the Jonah Project, a program working to fight against the human trafficking of area teens.

“Compassion is a basic need,” explains Aaron Tilbury. “We provide resources and relocation for teens in trouble including temporary housing and advocate resources.”

A relatively new organization in Spokane, the Jonah Project will work to help to stop the human trafficking of hundreds of local teens.

At a loss of words for the kindness and unexpected donation, Tilbury cleared his throat and through teary eyes said the only words he could find, “Thank you.”


CEO on the Road experienced similar emotional $5,000 check presentations at their next stops:

CDA Backpack Program

CDA Backpack Program, which works with the Coeur d’Alene School District to provide children in need with food through the weekends and holiday vacations. Watch the video!

North Idaho CASA

North Idaho CASA, an organization that provides volunteer advocates for children in the foster care system. Watch the video!

Mission Park Ability Field

Mission Park Ability Field, which will be the first fully adaptive baseball field in the Spokane area to support the needs of athletes with disabilities. Watch the video!

Mission Community Outreach Center

Mission Community Outreach Center, serving over 1,200 a people a month by providing them with clothing, shoes, household goods and hygiene items. Watch the video!

Numerica is dedicated to giving back at least 4 percent of their earnings to enhance lives, fulfill dreams, and build communities. For more information on Numerica’s charitable giving program, visit community.

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