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While branches across Central Oregon were closed, employees served communities.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - On Columbus Day, Mid Oregon Credit Union employees still reported to work, but instead of banking, they were working to give back to the community. From left to right are Teri Drew, Deanna Shaw, Tammy Gregory, Angie Lopes, Maureen Rogers, Megan Hansen and Louise Muir.
Traditionally, Columbus Day falls within the list of "banking holidays" observed by financial institutions — it represents a day off for employees, but not much more.

For the 125-plus employees at Mid Oregon Credit Union, however, the day is a rare opportunity to serve their communities in more ways than funding loans and processing deposits.

While Mid Oregon's seven branches were closed on Monday, Oct. 14, the Mid Oregon team still reported to work — trading business attire for T-shirts and work boots as they deployed throughout the region to serve their communities in projects ranging from clearing invasive species for a local veteran's ranch to purchasing needed supplies for homeless expectant mothers.

"One thing that sets credit unions apart is our commitment to the communities we serve, and we tend to attract employees who have the same drive to give back," said Kevin Cole, Mid Oregon executive vice president. "Our employees have been asking us for an opportunity to do more to connect with their local communities, and this was the perfect time for us to make this happen."

A total of 10 branch and department teams chose a local organization to work with on a service project or supply-gathering effort, and the credit union supplied each team with a budget to purchase needed supplies or equipment to complete the project.

After a morning of team-building and training for the entire staff, each team assembled in the afternoon to work on their local community projects.

About Mid Oregon Credit Union

Mid Oregon Credit Union is a full-service, member-owned financial cooperative headquartered in and serving Central Oregonians since 1957.

With more than 34,000 members in Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Wheeler, Lake, and North Klamath counties, Mid Oregon Credit Union partners with members to meet their financial needs and achieve their dreams.

For more information about services and branch locations in Madras, Bend, Redmond, Prineville, La Pine and Sisters, visit www.midoregon.com.


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