I am sure pretty much everyone in the area knows by now that recently a massive mudslide forever changed the community of Oso, Washington. The loss of lives and family homes is overwhelming – this mudslide is the most horrific natural disaster seen in the Northwest in decades. Many of the victims and their surviving family are credit union members like you.

The credit unions of Washington and Oregon are banding together to help make a difference. Want to know how you can help too? The Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) has set up a channel for you to make an online contribution. The NWCUF has started off the donation with $5,000 and will work directly with the Snohomish County United Way to ensure that all the donations received go directly to helping the families impacted by the mudslide.

Imagine what the 4.5 million credit union members in the Northwest could do to help these victims and their families.

If you’re able to make your donation by Wednesday, April 9, it will ensure quick delivery to the victims. Thank you for your support.

Melina Young

My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.

I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!

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