KENNEWICK, Wash. — On Thursday, five credit unions with branches in the Tri-Cities teamed up to volunteer at The Arc of the Tri-Cities.
The organization serves over 2,000 people who live with developmental disabilities every year in addition to their families.
This means their community center in Kennewick gets used a lot.
“We found that there were a few needs that, as a collaborative group, we could come together and help with,” Senior Vice President of Numerica Credit Union Andy Stirling said.
That’s where volunteers come in.
As a part of International Credit Union Day, Tri-CU, GESA, HAPO, STCU and Numerica stepped in to revamp the community center.
“It’s people helping people,” Stirling said.
Stirling said every International Credit Union Day, this is how they spend their time.
“It’s an opportunity for us to bring all of the individuals who are so passionate about this community and really focus on one organization that we’re really excited about right here in the Tri-Cities,” he said.
Volunteers spent five hours revamping parts of The Arc, from the floor to the ceiling.
“They’ll be doing everything from painting walls, to labeling bins, to waxing and stripping floors, to painting the quiet room, the list goes on and on and on,” Stirling said.
The credit unions also raised enough money to purchase The Arc a new sectional cough and scissor lift.
“Now they’re able to do things that previously they had to outsource or spend money on. Previously, they weren’t able to get up there and change out those decorations, so those decorations would sit for months, or they’d have to pay to have somebody to go in and do that,” Stirling said.
Volunteers also worked on the craft room, one of the restrooms and the kitchen.
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