Spokane HZCU Go-Givers Donation
Discovering Community Connections
What do the Inland Northwest Roller Derby Pixies, Garfield Elementary and Horizon Credit Union have in common?
It all starts with Amanda! She is one of the top volunteers at Horizon Credit Union and she earned the chance to donate $500 to a non-profit on behalf of the credit union through the Horizon Credit Union Go-givers employee volunteer program. Since she spends her volunteer time coaching a junior roller derby team, she wanted to include her team in the process of finding a connection to their community.
The girls got together and decided to give the donation to the Spokane Public Schools Neighborhood Education Team (N.E.T) at Garfield Elementary to support their most loyal little fan who benefits from resources provided by N.E.T. The donation will help provide braille materials such as homework and books to students who are visually impaired.
Amanda says that volunteering appeals to her sense of personal responsibility and moral satisfaction. While she teaches her team how to succeed in the rink, the value of giving back is something they are likely learning as well.
Way to go Amanda and the Pixies!
More Than a Meal
Walking for Meals on Wheels
Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels delivers more than just meals. They provide a reliable weekly visit for seniors in our community.
This year, their March for Meals event raised $11,000 to provide meals for seniors. We’re glad we were able to participate in the annual walk-a-thon again this year at the Northtown and Spokane Valley Malls because we’ve seen the impact Meals on Wheels makes for those in our community.
Once a week, a team of Horizon Go-Givers teams up to cover a Meals on Wheels route in Spokane Valley. Employees from our Mullan and Admin locations take turns delivering meals to about eight seniors. We’re proud to be small part of delivering meals and sharing kindness with seniors in our community.
Coeur d'Alene HZCU Go-Givers Donation
Making a Difference for Others
At Horizon, one way we are connected with our communities is through the individual volunteer efforts of our employees. Julian was recognized for his outstanding volunteer efforts with the chance to donate $600 to a non-profit of his choice on behalf of Horizon. This recognition is a part of the Horizon Credit Union Go-Givers employee volunteer program. Julian chose Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center in Coeur d’Alene to receive his donation.
Julian's connection to Safe Passage stems from his experience completing one of their community training opportunities focused on supporting individuals who have experienced trauma. "What Safe Passage does is so important and I believe that donating to them is a way to return my personal appreciation and to acknowledge the important work that they do," he explains.
Outside of his work at Horizon, Julian puts the skills he learned at Safe Passage to use while volunteering in the community as a reserve firefighter and emergency medical responder. "I thought it would be a good idea for me to learn more about various traumas people experience and how to support members of our community that I come into contact with as both a person and a professional."
The employee volunteer program was one of the reasons Julian applied to work at Horizon. "It shows how much Horizon cares about its communities," he says. "It gives me a sense of pride to work for an employer whose values coincide with my own and I can proudly tell others how we positively stand out from other businesses."