This is Sara's story. Point West Credit Union was able to give Sara a loan that launched her business and changed the future for her and her family. This is one of the many life-altering stories Point West hears each day. This is why they do what they do. Read all of Sara’s story here!
Banking Without Borders
For more than 80 years, they have striven to bring financial inclusion and empowerment to the Portland metro area. They're proud to be a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution working to lift up the underserved, including immigrants, communities of color, and small businesses. Point West began its operations in 1932 as Multco Employees Credit Union, serving as the member-owned financial cooperative for employees working for Multnomah County. As the credit union grew over the years, their membership evolved to reflect the amazing diversity of the Portland metro area, culminating in mergers with the NAACP Credit Union and Hacienda Community Credit Union.
Following the Great Recession, Point West refocused their mission, dedicating themselves to community development. They received their Low Income Designation (LID) from the NCUA in 2013, and their community charter (serving Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Yamhill counties) and CDFI certification from the US Treasury in 2014. In 2016, they received their Juntos Avanzamos designation from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions for their service to and support of the Hispanic community.
A Community, Undivided
Point West knows that a strong community creates better financial lives for all. They believe deeply in giving back to their community through volunteerism, corporate giving, and strong community partnerships.