Warrenton, Ore., September 7, 2018 – Clatskanie-based financial cooperative, Wauna Credit Union (WCU), presented a check to the Warrenton-Hammond BackPack Program, today, having raised $3,000 over the span of only two months.
“I would just like to let everyone know how much $5 can make a difference in the lives of hungry children – $5 fills a backpack for an entire weekend,” said WCU Executive Assistant Jenifer Katon. “To our members, the community, and WCU staff that donated and continue to donate through payroll deductions, thank you tremendously for all of your support,” said Katon.
BackPack programs assist children in need by providing weekend meals. These programs are completely reliant on the goodwill of others.
“This means so much to us and our kiddos to keep the growing number of back packs filled, school supplies, play ground equipment and everything else they need to concentrate on learning instead of where their next meal will come from,” said Director of Warrenton-Hammond Healthy Kids, Inc., Pam Ackley.
Hoping to raise the awareness of food insecurity in rural areas while supporting local BackPack pograms, WCU has amplified such charity initiatives over the past few years. The bulk of the donated funds came from WCU staff.
WCU was honored by Long Beach, Wa. Mayor Jerry Phillips with the Mayor’s Award in January, having raised $13,135 throughout 2017 for area BackPack programs
If you would like to donate to the backpack program, you can do so at any WCU branch. Now through September, anyone who donates at least $5 through the credit union will be recognized by a certificate with their name proudly displayed at the branch where they donate.