|Bank Verity Credit Union|
|Location Seattle, Washington, United States|
Verity Credit Union is “In the Community, By the Community and For the Community.” Being “in the community” means different things to different people. For some, it may simply mean taking up residence in a specific area. For us at Verity it means taking a hands-on approach, digging in and getting involved, in real, tangible ways.
Our commitment to be in the community was perhaps never more important than it was in the early morning hours of March 9, 2016, when the Greenwood neighborhood was rocked by a massive natural gas explosion. The blast destroyed several of our neighbors’ businesses, damaged fifty-three others and injured nine firefighters. Three buildings were leveled, windows were broken out, and the neighborhood was covered with glass, splintered plywood and broken masonry. Our new Verity branch was just out of reach of the debris and escaped damage, but many of our friends and neighbors were not so fortunate.
Our Verity employees were in the community by 5:00 a.m. that morning, helping with the relief efforts and volunteering with the cleanup process. A donation of $5,000 was made on behalf of the credit union to the relief fund, and our community relations specialist joined the Greenwood Explosion Relief Fund Advisory Board.
Six months later, Verity was proud to participate in the Greenwood Rising Phoenix Party, on the anniversary of the explosion to celebrate the heroes of the community—residents, business owners, first responders, and donors to the Explosion Fund. Again, Verity was there to support the neighborhood, providing musicians, setting up the party and cleaning up afterward. “Mr. Gyros” lost their entire building in the explosion, but was there at the Rising Phoenix Party with their food truck to serve the neighborhood residents.
In the wake of this devastating tragedy, we were reminded of our commitment to be in the community. It’s our commitment and our duty to take an active role in supporting our community, and we strive to do that every day.