• Northwest Plus Credit Union Donates $10,000 for Emergency Student Housing

  • Press Release

    Date: June 13, 2024 

    Contacts: Kristen McConaha, Executive Director of College Advancement and EvCC Foundation: 425-388-9555, kmcconaha@everettcc.edu 
    Wayne Kilburn, Marketing Director of Northwest Plus Credit Union: 425-297-1013, wkilburn@nwpluscu.com 

    EVERETT, Wash. – Northwest Plus Credit Union recently donated $10,000 to the Everett Community College Foundation for emergency housing for students.

    The donation will directly benefit 10 EvCC students facing housing insecurity, including five who live in housing on campus, with $1,000 each.

    “This donation from NW Plus CU comes at a critical time,” said Kristen McConaha, Executive Director of College Advancement and the EvCC Foundation. “The number of requests from EvCC students for emergency funding for housing is at an all-time high.”

    The requests come both from students living in one of two EvCC dorms and from students living elsewhere. 

    Three out of 10 Washington college students experienced housing insecurity the previous year, and one out of 10 experienced homelessness in the previous year, according to a 2023 report from the Washington Student Achievement Council and Western Washington University. 

    “As a not-for-profit member-owned financial institution, we empower people to build brighter futures for themselves,” said Torrie Ramos, NW Plus CU CEO. “Supporting EvCC students facing housing insecurity is one way we accomplish this mission.”

    NW Plus CU also offered a free budgeting basics class for EvCC students on May 14 and plans to offer similar classes in the future. 

    About EvCC Foundation

    The EvCC Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that works with Everett Community College to make accessible learning opportunities available to all. Through scholarships, program support, and emergency aid the Foundation enables students to continue their education and achieve their dreams. All donations to EvCC Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law. For more information, visit EverettCC.edu/Foundation

    About Northwest Plus Credit Union

    NW Plus CU was founded in 1939 to provide financial services to the employees and family members of Frontier Communications, formerly known as GTE and Verizon. Today NW Plus CU is a full-service, not-for-profit member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works, or worships in the State of Washington. Since our members are our owners, we return our profits to them in the form of higher savings rates, lower loan rates, reduced fees, and new products and services. NW Plus CU operates branches in six Snohomish and Skagit County communities: Everett, Murphy’s Corner, Marysville, Smokey Point, Stanwood and Burlington. NW Plus CU is a proud sponsor of many initiatives that make our communities better places to live. For more information, visit nwpluscu.com.