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VCCU Provides 10k to Local Nonprofits

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May 20, 2021

Vocality Community Credit Union Provides $10K to Local Nonprofits

Remains Vibrant in Community with Newest Branch During Difficult Times

Garberville, CA (May, 2021):  Following its mission to serve the local community, Vocality Community Credit Union is investing in the region’s future by sponsoring programs for two local organizations.  As we head into wildfire season, Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund and United Disaster Relief of Northern California each received $5,000 to help them gear up towards their disaster relief and preparedness efforts for 2021.

Both nonprofits receiving these program sponsorships are unique causes that reach out to the community with a one-of-a-kind vision and assistance during and after natural disasters, public health crises, and devastating economic periods.

“Vocality Community Credit Union’s support means so much to the Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund as we are approaching wildfire season,” said Annie Liner, executive director of the children’s fund. “Our concern is whether we have to relocate children or families. This donation will help go a long way toward tents, sleeping bags, and other necessities as we go into the most concerning part of the year. Knowing we have these necessities taken care of is a relief for us and allows us to focus on other efforts.”

Danilla Sands, director of United Disaster Relief of Northern California, said the organization appreciates the community partnership it has with Vocality Community Credit Union. “We are the only center of its kind in Northern California,” Sands said. “Donations from organizations, businesses and community members keep our center and our vision alive. The credit union’s donation shows us it cares about our community and supports our cause.”

Vocality Community Credit Union is providing support for these local nonprofit organizations as part of its focus on better serving its growing membership in Mendocino, Lake, and Northern Sonoma counties. The credit union recently opened a new branch at 530 E. Perkins St. in Ukiah, CA — the second physical location for the Garberville, CA-headquartered credit union and a major milestone in serving surrounding communities. This branch supports the credit union’s commitment as a “community development credit union” to promote inclusion and financial equity to those it serves; providing greater local access to financial services to those looking to ‘strengthen their financial voice’ by joining their local credit union.

Financial access in the Mendo-Lake region is crucial to the continuing economic recovery that the community has faced coming out of the devastating impact from seasonal wildfires over the past few years and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. As local residents look for trustworthy financial services that speak to their needs, Vocality Community Credit Union continues to stand out as a unique option.

In addition, the credit union operates a mobile-branch located in Willits, CA that has been reaching the more remote areas of that region and conveniently meeting members where they are located. Ongoing feedback from members has been positive and continues to fuel the credit union’s people-first mission.

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The Ukiah, CA branch team (seven staff representatives) with Annie Liner, executive director of Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund (fourth from left); Pat Neighbors, president and CEO of Vocality Community Credit Union (next in line); Danilla Sands, executive director of United Disaster Relief of Northern California (fourth from right); and Tom Farmer, senior vice president of the credit union (next in line).

About Vocality Community Credit Union

Vocality Community Credit Union was founded 40 years ago by residents of Humboldt County that wanted more personal, inclusive, and community-focused financial services than traditional banks offered. Recently, Vocality has grown and expanded its field of membership by offering products and services to our neighbors in Trinity, Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma counties. Our Tagline: “Growing Communities One Voice at a Time” — or 1-855-565-2012.

About Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund (MCCF)

Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund is the oldest grassroots, nonprofit advocate for low-income and at-risk children in Mendocino County. MCCF’s vision is to support a community in which all children and families have the opportunity to reach their full potential in life, providing funding for the unmet needs of infants and children in Mendocino's north coast. During community tragedies and disasters, MCCF takes the lead in creating effective and accountable “SOS” responses to the challenge at hand, whether it’s a personal family crisis, a wildfire, or a public health epidemic.

About United Disaster Relief of Northern California

United Disaster Relief of Northern California is located in Mendocino County and serves all of Northern California. The center has assisted in more than 14 wildfires, individual structure fires, floods, PSPS events, snowstorms, and more recently with supplies surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The center is a nonprofit and volunteer-run, and it works with multiple partners locally and nationally. It has the ability to accept semi-deliveries of up to 50 pallets at a time and distribute material goods to the local community and all of Northern California during and after a disaster. Additionally, it supplies items prior to a disaster, such as new batteries, N-95 masks and sleeping bags.

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