PenFed Credit Union Presents $25,000 to Eugene Charities

Posted July 02 2018
by Media Relations
Q1 ESC Charity Checks 2018

Eugene, Ore., July 2, 2018– PenFed Credit Union’s Eugene Service Center today announced charitable donations totaling $25,000 to three local organizations: A Family for Every Child, Greenhill Humane Society, and Womenspace. 

These donations are a part of PenFed Credit Union’s quarterly commitment to donate $100,000 this year to local nonprofit organizations in Eugene. Each quarter, PenFed’s Eugene Service Center employees select local charities that align with the core values of the credit union of giving back and making a difference in its communities.

“Our local charitable giving program has really been a tremendous hit at our service center,” said PenFed’s Senior Vice President of Operations Dave Silvey who manages the Eugene Service Center. “It’s a wonderful way for our employees to give back to our community. The enthusiasm shown by our employees each quarter when they collectively nominate and conduct a final vote for charitable organizations in our community they wish to support, has been exciting to watch.”  

On June 26, PenFed leadership and employees gathered outside the Eugene Service Center to meet and present the first donation check to Event and Heart Gallery Coordinator Aurora Sherman with A Family for Every Child (AFFEC), a local non-profit that focuses on finding permanent and loving adoptive homes for all waiting children. “Independent donations like PenFed’s is what makes it possible to find forever families for the children waiting in foster care. This donation will go towards supporting our 13 programs,” said Sherman.  

PenFed employees visited Greenhill Humane Society for the second check presentation ceremony where they met Executive Director Cary Lieberman, staff, and volunteers. During the visit, the group received a tour of the facility and had an opportunity to socialize with the animals currently available for adoption. “I was grateful to hear that PenFed employees nominated Greenhill Humane Society. This gift will go to help the animals at our shelter. We care for over 3,000 animals a year and rely on donations to support the work we do,” said Lieberman.

Womenspace, a local nonprofit that services victims and survivors of domestic violence, was the third charity selected by PenFed employees to receive a check donation. Development Director Kimberly Lax and Communications Director Corinne Boyer both with Womenspace expressed how honored they were that PenFed employees chose to donate to their organization. 

“Womenspace has been providing safety, hope and healing to survivors of domestic violence since 1977. Although we began as a shelter, today we also operate a 24-hour crisis line, provide support services at our crisis and support center and in our rural offices in both English and Spanish, and host several support groups for survivors of domestic violence. We also provide childcare for survivors who attend our support groups. Womenspace employees and volunteers answer more than 3,000 calls every year, and in 2017, we delivered 114 educational presentations to more than 2,400 students. Thank you for choosing to donate to Womenspace,” said Boyer. 

Since opening the service center in Eugene in 1996, PenFed has supported local veteran and community organizations and, since 2009, more than 1,400 hours in volunteer time to charitable organizations throughout Lane County. These community organizations include: United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Food for Lane County, The Eugene Mission, Lane Blood Center, First Place Family Center, Lane County Animal Shelter, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Of Lane County, Northwest Battle Buddies, and White Bird Clinic. 

The Eugene, Oregon service center began with 24 employees and today, the Tysons, Va.-based credit union, employs 495 people, locally. The service center serves 1.7 million PenFed members worldwide.

About PenFed Credit Union

Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving 1.7 million members worldwide with $23.5 billion in assets. Our long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost-effective manner, while being responsive to members’ needs. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, student loans, checking, certificates, and a wide range of other financial services with members’ interests always in mind. PenFed Credit Union serves a diverse population, and no military service is required to join. PenFed Credit Union offers many paths to membership, including numerous employee groups and association affiliations. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit PenFed.org, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.