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Westerra Credit Union Honored with three Community Impact Awards

Westerra received three prestigious community impact awards in recognition of “Westerra Cares”: Dora Maxwell Community Service Award [State/Regional Level; Honorable Mention National Level] and CU Times’ Luminaries Award – Community Impact [Individual].

Denver – Nov. 27, 2023 – Colorado-based Westerra Credit Union has received three prestigious community impact awards in recognition of its outstanding community engagement and philanthropic program, “Westerra Cares,” which focuses on key areas of education, financial literacy and community basics. In 2022, Westerra Cares contributed over 1,300 hours of employee volunteer hours and donated more than $600,000 to the communities it serves.

Dora Maxwell Community Service Award [State/Regional level] Awarded by the National Credit Union Association, this recognition highlights the credit union's commitment to social responsibility projects within the community and involvement in activities that enhance community well-being.

Dora Maxwell Community Service Award [Honorable Mention – National Level]

Credit Union Times’ Luminaries Award – Community Impact [Individual]Andrea McDermott, Westerra’s Community Engagement Manager, was selected for this award, which celebrates an individual who is an exemplary model of excellence and makes a demonstrable impact in the credit union industry.

“These awards acknowledge the dedication of Westerra's employees, volunteers and Board of Directors who invested their time and talent into the communities we serve,” said Steve Schmidle, Westerra Credit Union CEO. “On behalf of Westerra, I am grateful to the National Credit Union Association and Credit Union Times for their recognition of our collective effort and also to Andrea for her leadership in this space. When our communities and members prosper, we prosper!” “Westerra is incredibly fortunate to have Andrea leading up our community engagement efforts and serving as our representative in the community,” said Kristina Shaw, VP of Corporate Communication and Public Relations. “I have had the pleasure of overseeing the community engagement program and working alongside Andrea for the past two years. In that time, I have witnessed the positive impact and transformation she has made on our Westerra Cares program and in our communities. This award is well-deserved!” To learn more about Westerra’s community impact, visit:

About Westerra Credit Union

Denver-based Westerra Credit Union holds approximately $2 billion in assets and serves 123,000 members throughout the Denver metro area. Founded in Denver 1934 by eight schoolteachers, Westerra’s Purpose is to “teach one another to prosper.” Member-owned and committed to the communities we serve, today we carry that purpose forward to help individuals, families, and businesses. In the past decade, Westerra has donated more than $500,000 annually to the community through sponsorships, donations and grants. For more information, visit

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