Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU)’s annual Project Community mini-grant award program surprised Coos County educators


EUGENE, OR – Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU)’s annual Project Community mini-grant award program surprised Coos County educators with awards totaling $6,200. Surprise check presentations in all but one of the following classrooms took place on Tuesday, November 19th.  North Bend Middle School received their award today, Wednesday, November 20th:

Coos Bay
Marshfield High School. Kaley Sweet is buying virtual business software, including accounting and personal finance, for a new business program.

  • Millicoma Intermediate School. Cody Carlson will buy monthly science kits for hands-on science projects.

North Bend
North Bay Elementary School. Tiffany Schoonover will purchase a variety of P.E. equipment for a newly-created Physical Education program.

  • North Bend High School. Becky Phillips' funding will purchase Activa Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth to make sculptures of body organs for Art and Science projects.
  • North Bend High School. Blake Kemp will purchase micropipettes for the biotechnology lab.
  • North Bend Middle School. Darren Sinko is buying supplies to build underwater remote-operated vehicles to teach his class about buoyancy and fluid behavior.

ABOUT the Project Community awards program

Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU) began 2019 Project Community mini-grant award deliveries to 68 Oregon educators November 18th.  

Sixty schools located in Clackamas, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Linn-Benton, and Multnomah counties will receive surprise awards in the form of giant checks between November 18-22.

Educators submitted requests in Fall for classroom supplies, technology, books, special classroom projects, programs, or field trips. The credit union grants will be used in the academic year 2020 to support creative curriculum and classroom experiences varying among elementary, middle, and high school levels.

New this year: $11,600 of the total awards fund Financial Reality Grants designed to support projects, programs, or curriculum developing skills and habits of children and youth in saving, money handling, personal finance, budget building, safe borrowing, investing, economic principles, digital purchasing or app-driven financial practices.

"Project Community was designed to boost the work of educators who create meaningful learning experiences for kids. We want to help inspire learning, by supporting the innovative ideas of teachers who just need a little assistance to implement a great lesson plan, " said Northwest Community Credit Union President and CEO John Iglesias.

A total of $76,000 will be presented to schools throughout Oregon in November. Winner announcements as awarded may be found at

This is the fifth year of the Project Community mini-grant program. By November 22, 2019, a new grand total of 321 educators will have been awarded over $300,000 in funding.

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About Northwest Community Credit Union: Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU) is headquartered in Eugene, Oregon. Originally founded by six members of a wood products corporation in 1949, NWCU has grown to serve a diversified membership of 110,00 and over $1.2 billion in member-owned assets, with locations in 11 Oregon cities.

Source: NWCU Community Relations