Community Partner Education Grant
We take commitment to education and our schools seriously. Through collaboration, we are proud to offer a Community Partner Education Grant (CPEG). View the previous year’s grants that were awarded to local recipients and more information on the local businesses that contribute to this great partnership. Read more.
Bert Fisher, OCCU President and CEO visits with Mason County K-9 Patrol Dog Jano. OCCU has partnered with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department to provide a yearly supply of food to the K-9’s Fueled by OCCU program which will feed the five patrol dog unit.
Community is in our name
We are committed to actively sponsoring events and causes that enhance the quality of life for our communities. From volunteerism, to community sponsorships and financial education, we strive to make a difference everyday. Our staff, members and volunteers have proudly donated time and money to organizations that have made a difference in our communities.
Sponsorship/donation forms are available here:
OCCU is proud to support our community’s local law enforcement. Welcome K-9 Tango to the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office! We know you will protect and serve the people of our community! Pictured: Bert Fisher, OCCU CEO (top left), Kristi Templeton, Grays Harbor Regional Branch Manager (top Middle), Sheriff Rick Scott (top right), Deputy Rivas (bottom left) and K-9 Tango (bottom right).
Here are some of the local organizations and events we are proud to support in 2016:
Shelton / McCleary / Elma / Montesano / Vashon Schools
Susanna Samuelson, OCCU Business Development Officer, was awarded the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Shelton Chamber of Commerce. Samuelson was recognized for her contributions to the Shelton Chamber’s program and activities as well as her time, talents, energy and expertise in an effort to enhance the business community and community at large.
OCCU college scholarships
Mason County Sheriff K-9 Unit
United Way of Mason County / Grays Harbor County
Relay for Life of Mason County / Grays Harbor County
National MS Society
Toys for Kids Plus
Habitat for Humanity
Pictured L – R: Vivian Bentkowski, Ruth Coots and Don Coots show off the new stove that OCCU helped purchase for the Mason County Senior Activities Center.
Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Shelter
Local community food banks
Mason General Hospital Foundation
Summit Pacific Hospital Foundation
Vashon Community Care Foundation
Vashon Maury Island Heritage Museum
When we see a chance to support our community, we take action. An article was recently published in the Mason County Journal about the Harstine Island Community Center. This historic hall has a rich background dating back over 100 years and is truly the CENTER of the island’s community, with activities ranging from senior lunches, theatrical performances and community club meetings. Due to legal regulations the facility was required to have an updated dishwasher/sanitizer installed in the kitchen in order to continue using the facility. OCCU was able to make up the difference of what was needed to complete the purchase. We are honored to be able to help our communities.
Our Montesano Branch was awarded the 2014 Business of the Year from the Montesano Chamber of Commerce.