A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the credit union Buckman branch's 90-day opening

Vancouver-based Columbia Credit Union celebrated the 90-day opening of its first Oregon branch in the Southeast Portland Buckman neighborhood at the end of January with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The credit union also celebrated its 65th year in business at the new Buckman location's event Jan. 30, which gathered credit union staffers and directors, neighbors, business partners and nonprofit representatives.

SUBMITTED: COLUMBIA CREDIT UNION - Columbia Credit Union staffers and directors, neighbors, business partners and nonprofit representatives gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late January.The credit union is in the new Goat Blocks mixed-use development along Belmont Street. It officially opened October 30, 2017.

Columbia Credit Union President and CEO Steve Kenny spoke at the event, and recognized Joe Rossi and the families who played a historical part in the east side's past as Produce Row.

"As part of our pledge to be a great neighbor, we committed to giving up to $50,000 to five local nonprofit organizations based on branch visitor votes," Kenny said. "We're proud to support the five organizations that participated in our $50k Buckman Giveaway and together we can make life better."

The Credit Union gave $10,000 to the Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School; $1,500 to the Feral Cats Coalition of Oregon; $1,500 to Meals on Wheels People; $1,000 to Albertina Kerr; and $1,000 to Willamette Riverkeeper.

In total, Columbia Credit Union has 13 branches: 12 in Clark County, Washington and the new one here in Portland, which earned a Sustainability at Work Silver Certification for 2018-2021 from the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

By Jules Rogers
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