70 Years of We

2017 marked our 70th anniversary -- and together with our members we celebrated how we built communities, relationships and futures. 

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we worked with our Community Partners, members and employees to perform 70 Acts of We. These actions benefited the communities we serve and the members who have made Northwest Federal a great place to bank for 70 years. Thank you for joining the celebration and we look forward to continuing to Transform Lives with our Acts of We in the years ahead.

70 Years of We

Our Goal: 70 Acts of We in 2017

December 20, 2017 - As our 70th and final Act of We in 2017, Northwest Federal paid off a loan balance for a member experiencing hardship.

Member Loan Payoff

December 10, 2017 - Northwest Federal sponsored the Access Spy for Autism Day at the Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Children on the autism spectrum and their families experienced the museum during private hours so they could enjoy a visit with less noise, fewer people, and specially designated quiet rooms.

Access for Autism Spy Museum Event

December 16, 2017 - Northwest Federal donated 70 wreaths and provided transportation for employees and their families to travel together to Arlington Cemetery to lay wreaths for the fallen.

Wreaths Across America

December 15, 2017 - Northwest Federal celebrated National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on December 15th with employees wearing their ugliest holiday sweaters. As part of the celebration, Northwest Federal donated 70 pieces of cold weather gear to our Community Partner, Cornerstones. Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.

Donation to Cornerstones

December 1, 2017 - Northwest Federal donated 70 blankets as part of NWFCU Foundation's Kids in Crisis collection to donate to our local first responders.

Kids in Crisis donation

December 1, 2017 - Northwest Federal hosted an Art Show in conjunction with our community partner, League of Reston Artists. Members and employees were able to purchase local art for sale by members of the League.

Art Fest

November 28, 2017 - Northwest Federal donated $1,000 to the NWFCU Foundation to kick off #givingTuesday and their week-long efforts to give back to the community.

Giving Tuesday

November 25, 2017 - Northwest Federal employees visited 7 small businesses in the Credit Union's field of membership to drop off gifts and thank them for their support.

Small Business Saturday

November 18, 2017 - ​Northwest Federal was founded on November 19, 1947. To give back to our community in celebration of 70 years of We, the Credit Union partnered with Northern Virginia Project GiveBack and donated 70 Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

Northern Virginia Project GiveBack

November 1, 2017 - Northwest Federal made a loan payment for a member experiencing a hardship.

"I am truly overwhelmed with the incredibly generous and most welcome offer of credit toward my outstanding credit card balance. I wasn't familiar with the credit union's 70 Acts of We program. Reading through some of the past recipients, I am both humbled and inspired by these individuals as well as by the good people associated with the 70 Acts of We outreach." - Linda M.

 

Member Loan Payment

October 21, 2017 -  Northwest Federal held a free Westie's Kids Club event at the Children's Science Center in Fair Oaks Mall. Families enjoyed hands-on STEM activities while visiting with Westie!

Westie event

October 21, 2017 - Northwest Federal held a free Shred Event at our Herndon location for members. Members stopped by to securely shred documents for free and received a 70th anniversary commemorative cup.

Shred Event

October 23, 2017 - Northwest Federal donated 70 books to our Community Partner, Dranesville Elementary School, to make a difference in the students' lives by encouraging a love of reading.

Make a Difference Day

October 2017 - Northwest Federal employees gathered to take their annual pink photo to honor and memorialize those who have been affected by breast cancer. A $1,000 donation was also presented to Step Sisters, an organization that provides practical support services for Northern Virginia patients as they battle breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 19, 2017 - Northwest Federal members were encouraged to stop by their local branch on October 19 for a free gift and to participate in this day of celebration for credit unions around the world.

ICU Day

October 19, 2017 - In honor of National Chamber of Commerce Day, Northwest Federal was the gold sponsor for the 25th Annual Ethics Day on November 21st hosted by our Community Partner, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber of Commerce Day

October 1 - 31, 2017 - Northwest Federal supported The Humane Society of the United States through its auto loan program. Members who financed or refinance their auto loan from another lender with Northwest Federal in October helped support disaster relief efforts of The Humane Society of the United States.

Humane Society of the United States

September 29, 2017 - The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation held its 8th Night of Magic with Inova Children’s Hospital to provide a memorable evening for patients and their families. The Foundation donated $7,500 to the Inova Cares Clinic for Children, and Northwest Federal donated items for the attendees’ goody bags.

Night of Magic

September 23, 2017 - Northwest Federal was the bronze medal sponsor for the Dulles Day 5K/10K On the Runway race with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Virginia.

Dulles Day

September 1, 2017 - In honor of National Mortgage Professional Month, Northwest Federal surprised its mortgage lending employees with 70th anniversary commemorative cups filled with candy to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

Mortgage Professionals

September 19, 2017 - To celebrate National IT Professional Day, Northwest Federal gave its IT employees 70th anniversary commemorative cups fill with candy to thank them for everything they do for the Credit Union.

IT Day

September 11, 2017 - In honor of those we have lost and the men and women who protect our freedoms every day, flag pins were made available in branches for our members. Thank you for showing your support by wearing these pins as we mark the anniversary of a tragic day in our history and continue to seek to remember the importance of our freedom and those who protect it.

Patriot Day

 

September 4, 2017 - For National Wildlife Day, Northwest Federal donated guidebooks to our community partner, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, for their “How to Lead a Successful Nature Walk” event.

Audubon Society

September 1 - October 31, 2017 - In September and October, Northwest Federal encouraged members to Go Green by switching to eStatements. For each member who switched, Northwest donated $1 to our Community Partner, Appalachian Trail Conservancy for a total of $3,240.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy donation

 

August 2017 - Northwest Federal paid the balance of a member's auto loan for a member experiencing a hardship.

“I’d like to express my profound appreciation and gratitude for the help I received recently when our air condition failed. We have a terminally ill son who cannot tolerate excessive heat. Thank you so very much.” Mark and Kathy M.

Below, Lending Center employees celebrate Act 46.

Member in need

August 8, 2017 - For Act 45 in celebration of National Dollar Day we ran a contest on Facebook for our members to share how they earned their first dollar. Our randomly selected winner received a $100 deposit into her account. 

Act 45

August 1 - 30, 2017 - In celebration of National Coffee Month, Northwest Federal donated 70 coffee items to our neighbor, the Herndon Police Department to show our support for the early mornings and late nights they work to keep us safe.

Herndon Police

August 1 - September 30, 2017 - NWFCU Foundation collected new backpacks and school supplies at Northwest Federal branches to help local students in need.

Backpack Drive

July 15, 2017 - Northwest Federal sponsored the Professional Association of Visual Artists’ (PAVA) 29th Annual Cool Art Show in St. Petersburg, FL. at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. PAVA is a Community Partner, and their event showcases local artists who specialize in a variety of fine art, crafts and jewelry.

Cool Art Show

 

July 7, 2017 - In celebration of National Picnic Month, Northwest Federal hosted an employee appreciation barbecue lunch for its employees.

National Picnic Day

July 29, 2014 - Northwest Federal members enjoyed a free, family friendly event at the Children's Science Center Lab in a hands-on STEM learning environment.

Westie at Children's Science Center

July 20, 2017 - To celebrate Get to Know Your Customers Day, Northwest Federal employees stopped by several Northwest Federal Member Companies and dropped off gifts to share with their staff.

Get to know your customer

July 12, 2017 - In honor of National Give Something Away Day, Northwest Federal donated 300 sunglasses straps to VETMS (Veterans Management Services, Inc.) for the 4th Annual Boulder Crest Retreat Charity Golf Tournament in support of our wounded veterans.

National Give Something Away Day

July 1 - 31, 2017 - In honor of World Watercolor Month, Northwest Federal donated 70 pieces of art supplies to our Community Partner, League of Reston Arts.

Watercolor Month

June 22, 2017 - Northwest Federal paid in full a member's personal loan with the credit union and provided her with a gift card to assist her and her family in a time of need.

Member Assist

June 12, 2017 - To celebrate National Children's Day, Northwest Federal volunteers visited Chesterbrook Academy pre-school in Herndon to donate art supplies and for an interactive reading of Westie's Triple Decker Decision, Northwest Federal's own children's book.

Westie at Chesterbrook Academy

June 4, 2017 - To honor cancer survivors, Northwest Federal donated $1,050 to Step Sisters, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer by funding needed support services in Northern Virginia.

Step Sisters Donation

June 3-4, 2017 - Northwest Federal was proud to be a silver sponsor at the Herndon Festival! This popular event provides family fun and festivities to residents from all across the northern Virginia area.

Herndon Festival

June 1 - 30, 2017 - For every auto loan financed directly with Northwest Federal in June, Northwest Federal made a donation to Special Olympics Virginia! Donations will help Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Auto Loan Donation

June 1-30, 2017 - National Get Outdoors Month is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. To celebrate, Northwest Federal supported it's employee softball team with the purchase of a new team bat and an end of season celebration meal.

National Get Outdoors Month

May 20, 2017 - Northwest Federal offered free onsite shredding services to members. More than 500 members helped secure the privacy of their information by bringing unwanted paperwork to be shredded.

Shred Day

May 19, 2017 - On National Bike to Work Day Northwest Federal teamed up with the Town of Herndon to greet and reward bike riders on the W&OD Trail during their morning commute.

Bike to Work Day

May 17, 2017 - A donation of $1,000 was presented to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters.

REALTORS Relief Foundation Donation

May 13, 2017 - Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy teamed up with Northwest Federal's Leesburg Branch to hold a plant sale dedicated to enhancing the health of the Monarch butterfly population. They were thrilled to sell all of the Milkweed plants that were available. Milkweed is a vital plant to the Monarch lifecycle.

Plant Sale

May 13 - July 28 - Summertime can be a slow time for food donations while the demand tends to grow. Northwest Federal employees worked together to donate non perishable food items to LINK, Inc. to support local families in need during the summer months.

Food Drive

April 30, 2017 - Northwest Federal hosted its third Westie Kids Club event of the year at the Children’s Science Center Lab. It was a fun free evening of STEM activities for some of our youngest members and their families.

Westie Event

April 28, 2017 - Northwest Federal was a silver sponsor for Loudoun Cares’ Outstanding Volunteer Awards. Loudoun Cares is a community partner whose mission is to serve the Loudoun community through collaborative partnerships in order to meet the health and human service needs of the community. Loudoun Cares serves as a bridge between government agencies, community-based organizations, and faith communities.

Loudoun Cares

April 30, 2017 - Northwest Federal donated 70 items to the Humane Society of Calvert County to honor National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. An additional 70 items such as toys, bags of food, pet beds, collars and more were donated by generous Northwest Federal employees.

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 26, 2017 - Northwest Federal donated $250 to our Community Partner, Audubon Society in celebration of National Audubon Day. These funds will help support programs such as the Northern Virginia Bird Survey, Audubon at Home and educational workshops..

Audubon Day

April 22, 2017 - In recognition of National Get to Know Your Customers Day, Northwest Federal held it's annual Member Appreciation Day with carnival games, food and family fun.

Member Appreciation Day

April 8, 2017 - Northwest Federal donated $500 to Autism Tennessee for their Pieces of Hope event in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. The funds for this event will help enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the Autism spectrum and their families.

Autism Tennessee Pieces of Hope

April 2, 2017 – Northwest Federal employees, friends and family came out to support the annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Our volunteers cheered on runners from the Memorial Bridge, and sponsored the red runners’ corral.
Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

March 30, 2017 – On National Take a Walk in the Park Day, Northwest Federal donated $250 and 70 hot dogs and buns to our Community Partner, Friends of Runnymeade Park, to help celebrate the day and their beautiful park.
Take a Walk in the Park Day

March 25, 2017 – Northwest Federal was a proud sponsor at Wine for Wildlife to help raise funds for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.
Wine for Wildilfe

March 19, 2017 – Northwest Federal sponsored the Town of Herndon’s annual Ice Breaker 5K which began and ended in our Herndon Branch parking lot. Northwest Federal employees provided water and handed out finishers medals to the runners.

Ice Breaker 5K
 

March 18, 2017 - The Autism Society of Greater Orlando hosted their 12th Annual Autism Space Walk & Family Fun Night at the Orlando Science Center. Northwest Federal participated as a “Moon Sponsor,” helping to raise awareness of Autism in central Florida.

Autism Space Walk
 

March 3, 2017 - Northwest Federal celebrated National Employee Appreciation Day by giving staff an ice cream break! Ice cream was served by Scoops2U and employees received their own ice cream scoop to take home.

National Employee Appreciation Day

Northwest Federal donated $11,620 amongst five community partners based on 166 purchase mortgage loans funded from March – June 2017. Each charitable organization received a donation of $2,324.

Act 13 donation check
 

March 1-7, 2017 - To celebrate National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week, Northwest Federal collected handwritten notes of appreciation for the nurses and staff at INOVA Children's Hospital in Fairfax, VA. These are the professionals who care for the critically-ill children who have attended our NWFCU Foundation Night of Magic balls in the past. Our goal is send at least 70 letters to these hardworking individuals to express our appreciation for everything they do.

Letters of Appreciation to nurses at INOVA Children's Hospital

February 23, 2017 - Partnering with Inova Blood Donor Services, Northwest Federal hosted a bloodmobile at it's Herndon location. Nearly 50 donors participated in this life-saving act collecting 44 pints of blood.

Blood Drive

February 16, 2017 - In celebration of National Random Act of Kindness Week, our Project Delivery Office, BI Data and Document Processing departments worked together to collect and donate funds to a Reston, Virginia family in need.

Helping a family in need

February 16, 2017- To help a long-time member family experiencing a hardship, Northwest Federal paid the remaining balance of the member's auto loan.

Member testimonial
                        

Loan payoff for a member in need

February 14, 2017 - Northwest Federal Credit Union purchased 70 hats and pairs of gloves to donate to Floris United Methodist Church for their Hypothermia Prevention Program. Northwest Federal employees were challenged to match this donation. The result was more than 140 hats and pairs of gloves delivered to Floris UMC on February 14.
Hats and gloves donation for hypothermia prevention

February 1-20, 2017 - As part of Northwest Federal's low rate Presidents Day Loan special, the Credit Union committed to make a donation to the Humane Society of Calvert County for every Presidents Day Loan funded. At the end of the Presidents Day Loan promotional period, Northwest Federal made a donation of $500.

Humane Society of Calvert County

February 1-28, 2017 - NWFCU Foundation worked with local schools to provide nourishing weekend meals for students who benefit from free or reduced price lunch in school.

Weekend Meal Program
 

January 31, 2017 - In celebration of National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, Northwest Federal worked with our community partner, Loudoun Arts Council to provide a donation of art supplies for their Next Gen Art program. Net Gen Art is a juried art show of artists from local high schools presented as part of their Arts in the Village Gallery.
Inspire Your Heart with Art

January 29, 2017 - Northwest Federal hosted its second Westie Kids Club event of the year at the Children’s Science Center Lab on January 29th. It was a fun free evening of STEM activities for some of our youngest members and their families.

Westie event at Children's Science Center

January 27, 2017 - Northwest Federal Credit Union is the official credit union serving employees and volunteers of the International Spy Museum. As a sponsor of SpyFest on January 27, 2017, NWFCU provided decoders for attendees.

Sponsorship at International Spy Museum

January 19, 2017 - Northwest Federal's Training and Development department celebrated National Mentoring Month by implementing the Credit Union's new MentorMe program. As our second Act of We in 2017, Northwest Federal's SVP Enterprise Marketing, Victoria Gillespie provided Training and Development Instructor, Jen Gibson $70 in gift cards for the new mentors/mentees to have their first sessions over coffee.
MentorMe Program
 

January 13, 2017 - For our first Act of We, Northwest Federal celebrated National Soup Month by initially purchasing 70 cans of soup to donate to LINK, Inc., a Northern Virginia non-profit group dedicated to supplying emergency food to local people in need. Northwest Federal employees were challenged to match or exceed this number with their own personal donations. Our generous employees donated 630 cans, bringing our total to 700 cans of soup donated to LINK. For more about LINK, visit their website at www.linkagainsthunger.org.
Soup Donation