Verity is in the community, by the community, for the community.
In order to live up to that statement, Verity encourages all staff to give back to the community (whether it’s a person’s own community or one of our branch communities) through volunteering. We have people who help out at schools, homeless shelters, low-income food service programs, neighborhood organizations and more. Last year, staff volunteered thousands of hours.
The biggest driver of Verity’s volunteering focus is on the second Monday of October, while most other employees of financial institutions have the day off for Indigenous People’s Day (formerly known as Columbus Day). This year marked the second annual Verity Community Service Day. On Monday, October 10, Verity staff spent the day volunteering at four organizations within our North Seattle branch communities: Mary’s Place, Greenwood Senior Center, Phinney Neighborhood Association and City Fruit. We played with kids while their parents talked with social workers, we picked apples to send to food banks, we did yard work, we cleaned (and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned) so that organization staff could focus on important work… the list goes on and on.
Each time after I volunteer, whether it’s for a school, a community organization, or a group that helps low-income families, I’m thankful about how lucky I am. I’m lucky because I have the time and ability to help others who for whatever reason need assistance. I’m lucky because I don’t have to rely on the love and support of others to have a meal. I’m lucky because I can afford to send my kids to daycare so that I can work and bring home an income. I’m lucky because I have a place to live, a job, a reliable support network of family and friends, food on the table, and transportation. After volunteering, I’m reminded not to take those things for granted. I’m reminded that when I think things are rough, my problems are nowhere near as severe as what others face on a daily basis. I’m reminded that public-service organiziations rely on people like me and the rest of Verity to help them so that they can help others.
I encourage everyone to volunteer at least every once in awhile, even if it’s only for an hour. That little bit of time may not seem like much to you, but it can greatly improve someone else’s life.
Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.
I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.
When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.