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Community

At Westerra, we don’t just bank in our communities, we live here, too (and have for 90-years, and counting!). We are committed to ensuring a bright and healthy future. We invite you to take some time to learn more about our legacy and read below for how our initiatives give back every day. For additional data and information, take a look at our most recent Annual Report.

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Celebrating a Decade of Supporting Special Olympics Colorado

Westerra Credit Union is entering its 10th year sponsoring Special Olympics Colorado’s annual Polar Plunge Series

To recognize this milestone, Westerra has launched the initiative $10K for 10 Athletes, which contributes a total of $10,000 to 10 athletes who participate in Special Olympics’ transformative Athlete Leadership University (ALU) program. Contribute to the 2024 Special Olympics Colorado’s Polar Plunge Series by donating to a team, or registering to take the icy plunge or participate in the 5K run/walk/roll event. Support directly contributes to the success of the ALU program and, in turn, positively impact the lives of Special Olympics athletes.

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Award-Winning Westerra Cares Program Gives Back All Year Long

Westerra Cares positively impacts the lives of our members and community by supporting local education efforts in Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools, Denver Public Schools, Douglas County Schools, Jefferson County Schools and Mapleton Public Schools; as well as financial literacy and through community basics. This past year, Westerra staff logged over 2,800 volunteer hours and participated in numerous community events, including volunteering at the Denver Green School Community Garden, working the Cherry Creek Cleanup and organizing student food-kits for Foodbank of the Rockies. Additionally, 10 staff volunteered a total of 75 hours with Habitat for Humanity!

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2023 School Grant Program

Westerra Credit Union funds $50,000 annually to our educators in Colorado school districts through our School Grant Program. We welcome Westerra members who are educators serving Early Childhood Education through Grade 12th in any Colorado school district to apply. The application period for School Year 2023-24 is now closed.

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Westerra Credit Union Scholarship Program

Westerra Credit Union’s scholarship supports graduating high school seniors who are continuing their educational journey through two- or four-year universities or trade schools. Scholarships are provided by trusted community partners.

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In 2023, staff participation in Westerra Cares programs increased by 72%! The top areas staff supported were community engagement (31%) and educational grants and scholarships (23%). Westerra Credit Union was also honored with the prestigious Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award by the Go West Credit Union Association in recognition of their Westerra Cares community engagement initiative and Andrea McDermott, Westerra’s Community Engagement Manager, received the Credit Union Times’ Luminaries Award Community Impact [Individual].

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