Our Role in Stopping Human Trafficking

Many people don’t realize the essential role the financial services industry has in the fight against Human Trafficking. Often, the only time a trafficking victim talks to a person who can help is when they interact with frontline representatives at their credit union or bank. In addition, the type and location of financial transactions can indicate abuse, be it trafficking, elder abuse, forced labor, or something else. That is why at WCU one of our ongoing training topics is how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, and what to if an interactions raises multiple red flags.

It’s so important to continually stay up-to-date about the signs of trafficking is the ever-changing reality of the forms it takes. COVID-19 has changed many things, and how abusers prey on vulnerable victims is one of them. With more people struggling with job loss and economic insecurity, and spending more times isolated from their support groups.

That’s why we’re staying vigilant, and continuing to educate ourselves, and work with other financial institutions to recognize the signs. We ask that our members learn the indicators that somebody they interact with may be at risk, or under the influence of an abuser or trafficker.

And if you need help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH),1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). The NHTH is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTH is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government.

El orgullo de servir a los miembros que usan ITIN

The Pride in Serving ITIN Members

Uno de los valores principales del movimiento de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito es brindar servicios financieros equitativos a grupos que históricamente han sido desatendidos. Hoy en día, Wauna Credit Union está desarrollando un programa y contratando personas para que estén presente para los miembros de nuestra comunidad que otras instituciones financieras no parecen querer ayudar, personas que viven y trabajan en nuestras comunidades con un número ITIN, y sin un número de seguro social. A menudo, las personas que no son hablantes nativos de inglés entran en esta categoría. Debido a que muchas instituciones financieras carecen de personal multilingüe, o a menudo consideran a las personas sin un número de seguro social de alguna manera más riesgosas, las comunidades Latinas se encuentran en desventaja y, a menudo, son el objetivo de prestamistas abusivos.

Una de nuestras primeras contrataciones en nuestra sucursal en Forest Grove fue contratar a Frank Elizondo-Alcalá, quien comenzó a trabajar compartiendo el estilo de Wauna Credit Union “Hay bancos que no ofrecen este tipo de préstamo, lo creen que es un riesgo muy grande para ellos y nosotros lo vemos de manera diferente, nosotros no vemos a la comunidad que usa ITIN o a la comunidad hispana como un riesgo”.

Univisión presentó recientemente el programa ITIN de WCU y destacó un gran ejemplo de cómo la Cooperativa de Crédito está marcando la diferencia.

“Me ha facilitado la vida porque antes uno no podía obtener un carro nuevo, tenía que andar comprando carros más económicos que no tienes que tener un crédito para comprar un carro nuevo, entonces a cada rato te fallaba, se descomponía, ya no servía y tenías que gastar en otro carrito”.

Además, nuestra Sucursal Virtual, el chat en línea y las unidades de Cajeros de Video cuentan con personal que puede ayudar a nuestros miembros de habla hispana. También estamos traduciendo y localizando nuestros documentos y materiales digitales e impresos para garantizar que no solo estamos abriendo una cuenta o otorgando un préstamo, sino también comunicando nos con nuestras comunidades en su idioma preferido y obteniendo su membresía de por vida.

The Pride in Serving ITIN Members

El orgullo de servir a los miembros que usan ITIN

A leading ethos of the credit union movement is to provide equitable financial services to groups that are historically underserved. Today, Wauna Credit Union is developing program and hiring people to be there for our community members that other places don’t seem to want to help, people who live and work in our communities with an Individual Tax ID number (ITIN), but without a social security number. Often times, people who aren’t native English speakers fall into this category. Because many financial institutions lack multi-lingual staff, or often consider people without a social security number somehow riskier, Latinx  communities find themselves at a disadvantage, and often the target of predatory lenders.

One of our first hires at our newest branch in Forest Grove is Frank Elizondo-Alcalá, who went to work sharing the Wauna Credit Union way. “People were so excited to see somebody come in the door who not only speaks fluent Spanish, but more importantly understands the issues they are facing,” he said.

Univision recently featured WCU’s ITIN program, and highlighted a great example of how the Credit Union is making a difference.

“It has made my life easier because before you couldn’t get a new car, you had to go around buying cheaper cars that you don’t have to have a loan to buy a new car, so every so often it failed you, it broke down, it no longer worked and you had to spend on another cart.”

In addition, our Virtual Branch, online chat, and Video Teller Units are staffed by people who can help our Spanish-speaking members. We’re also translating and localizing our digital and printed documents and materials to help ensure we’re not just opening an account, or giving a loan, but earning your membership for life.

Inserto de declaración de Septiembre

Inserto de declaración de Septiembre

Convocatoria de nominaciones de nuestra Junta Directiva
y aviso de nuestra 54a reunión anual
¿Le gusta ayudar a en nuestra comunidad? ¿Le encanta Wauna Credit Union? Entonces usted es quien estamos buscando. Las solicitudes de candidatos ahora están disponibles para nuestra Junta Directiva de Voluntarios. Obtenga más información y presente su solicitud hoy mismo encontrando una solicitud en su sucursal local, por correo, o visitando https://waunafcu.org/about/annual-elections.shtml. Si desea ser considerado por el Comité de Nominaciones de nuestra Junta Directiva, envíe su solicitud completada antes de el cierre de operaciones el viernes 6 de noviembre. Le invitamos a entregar solicitudes en persona a cualquier sucursal por correo. Governance Comitee PO Box 67 Clatskanie, Oregon 97016.
Cuando: Nuestra 54a reunión anual (esta envitado!) se llevará a cabo el 16 de marzo a las 6 p.m.
Donde: Erlene Darby Learning Center 49249 Highway 30 Westport Oregon
Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con el Comité de la Junta de Gobierno gcomm@waunafcu.org.
Esperamos contar con su presencia!

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September Statement Insert – Call for Board Nominations

Call for Board Nominations & Notice of our 54th Annual Meeting
Do you enjoy being involved in your community? Do you love Wauna Credit Union? Then you are just who we’re looking for! Candidate applications are now available for our volunteer Board of Directors. Learn more and apply today by finding an application at your local branch, by mail, or by visiting https://waunafcu.org/about/annual-elections.shtml. If you would like to be considered by the board’s Nominating Committee, submit your completed application by close of business on Friday, November 6th. You are welcome to deliver applications in person to any branch or by mail: Governance committee, PO Box 67, Clatskanie, OR 97016.
When: Our 54th Annual Meeting (you’re invited!) will be held on March 16th at 6pm.
Where: Erlene Darby Learning Center 49249 Hwy 30 Westport, OR
Questions? Contact the Board Governance Committee at gcomm@waunafcu.org.
We look forward to meeting you!


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August Anniversaries

Things are starting to get back to normal at the credit union, but we’re still living in a world very different from the one we thought we would be in even just a few months ago. Every month we celebrate our employees celebrating an anniversary. We ask them a few questions about their job, and try to keep it light (mostly).

Over the last two months though we’ve done it a little differently. Our August anniversary celebrants answered one simple question;

What is something the credit union does that makes you proud to say you work here?

Mike Chapman – 10 Years

Every day I feel a great sense of satisfaction knowing the Credit Union is making it possible for thousands of local residents to safely take care of their money, no matter their age or background.

Nichole Soares – 2 Years

There are so many reasons I am proud to work at Wauna Credit Union, however the thing that makes me most proud to say that I work here, is that since day one I could see that we genuinely stand by our mission and vision. It is important to me that an institution stands by the things it says and Wauna Credit Union beyond question values people. I get opportunities every day to change members’ lives and it extends beyond just their finances. I get to work under two of the most supportive and encouraging women I have had the pleasure of working with, who consistently provide me with opportunities to learn pretty much all aspects of the credit union; It gives me a lot of pride to know how instrumental our branch is in helping the credit union run smoothly along with the member service we provide. In the two years I have been here I have had the chance to wear many hats, and I get to learn and grow all the time. Every day is a chance to use TMA, especially in the Virtual Branch.

July 2020 Anniversaries

Things are starting to get back to normal at the credit union, but we’re still living in a world very different from the one we thought we would be in even just a few months ago. Every month we celebrate our employees celebrating an anniversary. We ask them a few questions about their job, and try to keep it light (mostly).

Over the last two months though we’ve done it a little differently. Our July anniversary celebrants answered one simple question;

What is something the credit union does that makes you proud to say you work here?

Heidi White – 8 Years

My favorite thing is the work I do every day. I grew up in Clatskanie, and it’s rewarding to help my friends and their family improve their financial well-being. Part of WCU’s vision is that we want to be our members’ financial institution for life, and I really feel that when I help people go from getting their first credit card, to their first car, to their first house, and soon, I’ll be doing the same thing for their kids.

Kristen DeForrest – 4 Years

I am proud to work for Wauna because of the way we show our team and family spirit internally and with our members. We are one big family at Wauna and everyone is welcome with us!

Don’t Forget the Taxman

The resulting economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions of Americans to find themselves out of work through no fault of there own. Several economic stimulus packages have helped out, and it looks like another is on the way, but one thing to keep in mind is that many of the boosts to unemployment are still taxable at both the state and federal level. out of work.

While the federal funds given to most people working or not are not subject to taxation, the essential unemployment benefits are.

Why is unemployment taxable?

If you’re collecting unemployment, the IRS considers it income, just like it would money earned from a job, and you’ll need to account for it when you file your taxes for 2020. While some states, including California, don’t tax unemployment benefits, Oregon and Washington both do

If you received unemployment insurance this year, you’ll receive a Form 1099-G, which shows how much money you received from unemployment benefits. 

How to avoid a large tax bill

There are a few options for paying your unemployment taxes: 

  • Paying when you file your 2020 taxes
  • Make estimated quarterly tax payments.
  • Have your taxes automatically withheld.

Most of us need every dollar of unemployment insurance, but if you can make it work, the easiest option is to have taxes automatically withheld, just like you would from a normal paycheck

The trickiest one is making estimated quarterly payments. Many sole proprietors, freelancers, or others who get all or some of their income from 1099 jobs make estimated quarterly tax payments. This helps spread out the payment, but you could be off in your estimation and pay too little, or not maximize the amount you have to live on. 

Whatever you decide, we know this is tough on everybody. While we can’t give tax advice, we are happy to help you develop a budget. You can use many of online tools, like Money Management as well.

July Statement Insert

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Clatsop SBDC, Wauna Credit Union and OSU Extension Bring Free Small Business Education to Clatsop County

Small business owners will continue to have access to no-cost, practical education thanks to a new collaboration between the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center, Wauna Credit Union, and Oregon State University Extension.

This collaboration has launched a digital masterclass series, “Summer Small Business Bootcamp,” where new and existing business owners can learn from business experts in seven sessions covering topics critical to business success including strategic planning, financial management, marketing, and human resources. The classes will be offered live via Zoom and then available on-demand so busy business owners can design their own learning path. 

Lindsay Davis of Oregon State University said of the collaboration: “We see great value in combining forces and resources to best support the rebound of Clatsop County’s economy in this time of great need. By working in partnership with Clatsop Community College’s SBDC, it will be a solid one-two punch of University and Community College educational offerings for the community.”

Clatsop Community College SBDC will receive $7500 in total in direct and indirect support to fund the digital series that will be offered free to the public through live streams and on-demand videos, starting July 14th.

Michael Murdoch of Wauna Credit Union said “Building relationships with organizations like the SBDC links directly to our vision and mission as a financial cooperative. Moreover, the SBDC truly fosters our local economies, encouraging profits to stay close to home and providing invaluable support to our neighborhoods and communities.”

In addition to the Boot Camp masterclasses, community members looking to hone their leadership skills can participate in the Clatsop SBDC’s “Books & Brews” Leadership Book Club.  This summer’s reading is Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead and will be facilitated by Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, David Reid.  The first meeting of the book club will be July 15 and pre-registration is required.

Jessica Newhall, Associate Director of the Clatsop SBDC said “Our mission is to help our region’s small business community thrive. Wauna Credit Union and OSU Extension’s support ensures all small business owners can access no-cost, practical education designed to help them overcome challenges and be positioned for success.”

Notable speakers leading the boot camp include Seth Morrisey of Oregon Web Solutions, Alyssa Logan of Fort George, Chelsea Morrisey of Morrisey Digital, and Sarah Lambert of Riverview Bookkeeping.

For more information and to register for the Summer Small Business Boot Camp or Books & Brews Leadership Book Club, visit www.bizcenter.org/Clatsop

Non-Discrimination Declaration 
It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Naomi Garbutt, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer, Towler Hall, Suite 110, ngarbutt@clatsopcc.edu 503-338- 2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Director of Disability Services, Mallory Vollner, is located in Towler Hall, Suite 104A, mvollner@clatsopcc.edu 503-338-2474. 

Accommodations 
Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Library Suite 110,  jzahn@clatsopcc.edu Phone (503) 338-2421 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Please send special needs and accommodations requests here. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event. 

 
Declaración de no-discriminación 
Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, sexo, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Naomi Garbutt, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en Towler Hall número 110  ngarbutt@clatsopcc.edu número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. Director de Discapacidad Dervices, Mallory Vollner, se encuentra en Towler Hall, numero 104A, mvollner@clatsopcc.edu número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. 

Ayuda a personas discapacitadas 

En cuanto a las personas discapacitadas, se les pide que se comuniquen con JoAnn Zahn, la Vice Presidente de Finanzas y Operaciones en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Library Suite 110,  jzahn@clatsopcc.edu número teléfonico (503) 338-2421 o a TDD (503) 338-2468. Haga el favor de notificar a la oficina para que se le pueda proporcionar apoyo. La comunicación debe tomar lugar por lo menos dos días de trabajo antes del evento por el cual se requiera tal ayuda. Para más información, vea la página Web de Clatsop Community College bajo Información en Español.