In June of last year, The Chronicle told you about the launch of InRoads Credit Union’s ‘Team Up for Schools’ campaign which first kicked off at the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year.
By June of 2018, in just nine short months, members participating in the program helped to raise over $21,000 for the three local high schools supported by the program: St. Helens, Scappoose and Rainier.
This year, they have far surpassed that amount – donating $26,785.45 to the St. Helens School District alone.
“It’s really picking up steam,” InRoads Vice President of Marketing, Ryann Weaver said. “We’re donating more than we did last year because people are adopting it more as a good thing.”
The Team Up for Schools program encourages InRoads members to acquire and use one of three local high school-themed debit cards for their everyday purchases and transactions. The member chooses to pledge their support for the Indians, Columbians, or Lions, and the credit union then issues them a special debit card.
Every time a member swipes their card for a purchase, InRoads donates five cents to the high school of the member’s choice.
InRoads Chief Experience Officer, Ron Winter, was on hand at the St. Helens School board meeting on Wednesday, May 22, to present a giant check to the district.
“We think it speaks to our DNA and our value of being committed to the schools and to the children in our communities,” Winter said at the meeting. “It’s well worth it.”
During preparations for a photo, Superintendent Scot Stockwell did some quick math.
“That’s 535,709 swipes,” Stockwell announced to the meeting to a chorus of appreciative laughter.
According to Weaver, those “swipes” work on almost anything, with the exception of using an ATM. “It
works on any purchase that you make - it could be online, could be local, could be non-local,” she said.
If you are already an InRoads Credit Union member, Weaver said, you can visit their website at www.inroadscu.org and sign up for the campaign. There, you can designate which high school you’d like to support, and the debit card will be ordered. Or, to get one immediately, simply stop by the branch.
For those who are non-members, the application process is also available on InRoads’ website.
“One of the reasons we’re so proud of this is it’s simple to understand and it works,” Weaver said. “We’re having more and more donations than we did last year and that’s really exciting.”
The Chronicle will have an update on further InRoads donations to Scappoose and Rainier in the coming weeks.