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The state's largest credit union, already open in Sellwood, now has an office in Woodstock too

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - OnPoint Credit Union presents a check to the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center at its December Grand Opening in Safeway. From left: Stephen Owen, OnPoint Chief Operations Officer; Pete Adams and Terry Griffiths of the FWCC; AND Kelli Summerfield, OnPoint Branch Manager. On Saturday, December 16th, OnPoint Community Credit Union held a grand opening for its new branch inside the Woodstock Safeway store, 4515 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. The OnPoint teller windows take over the physical space of the former Woodstock Wells Fargo Bank branch.

In the parking lot outside the store, in a light drizzle under a canopy, OnPoint provided information, free pastries, coffee, lip balm, water bottles, pens, and face-painting to members and passersby.

Inside the store, to mark the grand opening, OnPoint staff presented the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center (FWCC) a check for $1,000.

"We wanted to celebrate our grand opening by finding a nonprofit that we could present a check to, as a part of our community commitment," explained Branch Manager Kelli Summerfield. FWCC has nonprofit status under the umbrella of the Southeast Uplift neighborhood coalition.

Dawn Haecker, a FWCC member and Woodstock Community Center preschool parent, had remarked earlier in the week, when meeting with the committee after it had heard about the donation, "We will use the money to help build a fence for the Woodstock Community Center to give the preschool children a safer place to play."

The Woodstock OnPoint services are welcomed by local neighborhood members who had previously been going to branches farther away, such as to the Sellwood office on the corner of S.E. 13th and Tacoma Street. That walk-in branch has been open since the summer of 2012.

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Outside Woodstock Safeway, OnPoint Credit Union celebrated its grand opening on December 16th, including face painting by Bizzy the Clown - here applying paint to the face of 7-year-old Sam, son of Brie Kruger, who is a Woodstock OnPoint member. Erin Moore, Community Relations Specialist for OnPoint, remarks that OnPoint takes pride in reaching out to projects and events that serve the neighborhoods where it does business. "Over the years [in Sellwood] we have enjoyed serving business and consumer members, as well as supporting many neighborhood events – such as Little Boxes, Decemberville, Portland Parks & Rec Summer Free for All Concerts in Sellwood and Willamette Parks, and fundraisers for Duniway and Llewellyn Schools."

The new Woodstock office joins 28 other OnPoint member-owned branches in thirteen counties throughout Oregon and in two counties in Washington. OnPoint was founded in 1932 as the Portland Teachers Credit Union. It currently has 336,000 members and $5 billion in assets, and says that it is the largest community-owned financial institution in Oregon.

"We have enjoyed being part of the Sellwood community, and are proud to expand our services in Southeast Portland through our new Woodstock branch," commented Moore.

For answers to questions, call Member Services at 503/228-7077 or 1-800/527-3932, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For more information go online to www.onpointcu.com

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