Credit Unions Collaborate to Support the Families Matter Project

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Eight Salem area credit unions have banned together to contribute $63,000 to complete the Families Matter Project.  The project, funded by Salem Health Foundation donors, provides the 115,000 annual visitors to Salem Hospital’s emergency room with a new respite garden, chapel and expanded waiting area.

Organized by Pat Force, Salem Health Foundation Board Chair and CEO of Valley Credit Union, the credit union coalition includes Oregon State Credit Union, First Tech Credit Union, Heritage Grove Federal Credit Union, MAPS Community Foundation, OCCU Foundation and Unitus Credit Union.

“The Families Matter Project will support our credit union members and employees who live and work in the greater Salem area for decades,” says Pat. “Having a quiet, comfortable space to relax and reflect at the hospital during what can be a very stressful time will benefit our community every day.”

Laurie Roe, Executive Vice President at Oregon State Credit Union, sees the project as an important resource for both Salem Health and the people it serves. “If this project yields comfort, respite, and infrastructure to advance the experience of the families, patients and helps to relieve some of the burden placed on the teams who care for them, it will be a big win for the community.”

The Salem Health Foundation is thankful to have the support of these organizations as it works to create a healthier Mid-Willamette Valley.  

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