HILLSBORO, Ore.–()–First
Tech Federal Credit Union
members, employees and partners joined
forces for the annual ‘Season
of Giving
’ signature campaign designed to leave a lasting impact on
the communities they serve.

Through in-branch and online voting in Oregon, Washington, California
and beyond, First Tech employees, members, and the community directed
$213,000 and contributed 7,436 volunteer hours toward organizations that
build stronger communities through education, research and innovation.
Front-running ‘Season of Giving’ recipients include Washington’s Page
Ahead, which focuses on childhood literacy in underserved communities;
Oregon’s SMART, which provides vital one-on-one reading support for
children around Oregon; and California’s UCSF Benioff Children’s
Hospital-Oakland, which provides innovative support and medical care to
children and families.

Now in its sixth year, ‘Season of Giving’ is an opportunity for First
Tech to celebrate and support partners who are strengthening the
community. “We’re proud to support these wonderful organizations as they
strive to create long-lasting change in areas of our community that need
it most,” said First Tech President and CEO Greg Mitchell. “Thanks to
the support of our valued members, employees and partners, we’re
building a legacy of impact – for our neighbors, our friends, and our
families – so our communities thrive for generations to come.”

As the leading provider of literacy support for children and families in
Washington state, Page Ahead is working to close the gap in academic
achievement. Focusing on underserved communities throughout Washington
state, Page Ahead’s literacy programs ensure that every child has a
strong foundation for success. First Tech’s $18,000 donation directly
supports programming that increases language development, family
involvement, and enabling students to develop a passion for learning.

SMART works to get books into the hands of children at pivotal points in
their academic development, inspiring a love of reading and providing
the vital one-on-one support and resources they need to meet literacy
and learning benchmarks. First Tech’s $25,500 donation to SMART (Start
Making a Reader Today) will directly benefit children from under
resourced communities throughout Oregon and help them develop the
self-confidence, motivation, and skills they need to succeed in school.

First Tech’s $23,500 donation to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital will
support and sustain the Child Life program where highly-trained
specialists provide hospitalized children with opportunities to engage
in therapeutic play, education and self-expression as they receive
life-saving care. With funding dedicated to innovative care and
supportive health services for children, First Tech’s partnership with
UCSF Benioff directly impacts the hope and healing of children and
families experiencing health related challenges.

Other partners receiving significant donations during the ‘Season of
Giving’ campaign include:

  • Oregon Food Bank ($13,500)
  • Doernbecher Children’s Hospital ($21,000)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital ($11,000)
  • Northwest Harvest Food Bank ($8,000)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley ($9,000)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank ($9,500)

First Tech is committed to furthering the credit union philosophy of
people helping people. In 2018, First Tech provided more than $3 million
in charitable giving and over 30,000 employee volunteer hours to the
community, directing dollars and time to nonprofit partners who provide
programs and services to children and families in need. First Tech’s
philanthropic focus areas include support for education (STEM, early
childhood literacy and financial education), research (Children’s
Miracle Network Hospitals and supportive health services for children)
and innovation (food, shelter and safety).

Visit firsttechfed.com/community
to learn more about the ways First Tech pays it forward during the
holiday season and throughout the year.

Visit ucsfbenioffchildrens.org
to learn more about UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital mission to be the
best provider of healthcare services, the best place to work and the
best environment for teaching and research.

Visit pageahead.org
to learn more about Page Ahead’s early reading support services, access
to books, and how they work to positively impact literacy outcomes for
all kids.

Visit getsmartoregon.org
to learn more about SMART’s early reading support services, access to
books, and how they work to positively impact literacy outcomes for all
kids.

About First Tech Federal Credit Union

First
Technology Federal Credit Union
is a $12+ billion institution
headquartered in San Jose, California. It is the nation’s premier credit
union serving the world’s leading technology-oriented companies and
their employees, including HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise,
Microsoft, Agilent, Intel, Cisco, Amazon, Nike, Intuit, Google, and
more. First Tech is recognized as the industry catalyst for delivering
effortless banking experiences to more than 520,000 members through its
42 branch locations, more than 5,400 CO-OP Shared Branch locations,
30,000 CO-OP Network ATMs, and online platforms. First Tech offers a
full range of financial services, including traditional banking, online
banking, mortgages, financial planning, various consumer loans, and
insurance services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. For
more information, visit www.firsttechfed.com.



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