Columbia branch manager a loyal friend to animals

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					January 8, 2009

Michelle Thor-Columbia Credit Union
Phone: (360) 619-3052
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           Columbia branch manager a loyal friend to animals
                              Vancouver, WA – Teresa Didier, Columbia Credit Union Riverstone
                         Branch Manager, has found a way to combine her desire to serve the
                         community with her love of animals by volunteering for the Humane Society
                         for Southwest Washington (HSSW). As a member of the organization’s
                         steering committee, Teresa helps plan events and solicits gifts to benefit their
                               “I was looking for ways to get involved,” explains Teresa. “I have always
believed in the benefits the humane society extends to animals and the community. It was founded in
1897, and has managed to do wonderful things in the 100-plus years they have been established.”
     Through the work of staff and more than 350 volunteers, the HSSW offers a variety of humane
programs including pet adoptions, community education, advice on pet behavior, spay/neuter assistance,
foster care, and low-cost pet adoptions for seniors. “With all of these options, more animals will have
the opportunity to find good homes with caring families,” says Teresa.
     According to Teresa, there are a number of ways to get involved at the Humane Society from
clerical work to fostering animals or volunteering at events. “I am planning to recruit my co-workers at
Columbia Credit Union to form a team or “pack” for the Walk for the Animals event in May,” states

Teresa, who began as a morning dog walker two years ago, socializing animals and walking them for
      The HSSW relies heavily on volunteers to make a difference in the lives of the more than 13,000
animals that pass through their shelter every year. “It is a heartwarming experience and can be as time
consuming as you make it,” says Teresa. “It gives you a great feeling of satisfaction when you know you
were able to help the animals.”
          Columbia Credit Union is dedicated to supporting organizations in our community including the
HSSW. In addition to past support, Columbia was a sponsor of the 2008 Dinner and Auction event to
benefit the construction of their new facility on 192nd Ave. in east Vancouver. The new facility will be
30,000 square feet in size (nearly triple the current facility), with increased capacity for dogs and cats,
visitation rooms, walking trail, surgery, office space and an education center.
          If you would like more information on the ways you can support or volunteer with the HSSW,
please visit

          About Columbia Credit Union: Established in 1952, Columbia Credit Union has $758 million in assets and 12 Clark County,
WA locations. Columbia serves one in five Clark County households with more than 64,000 members and garnered an industry benchmark
member satisfaction rating of 97 percent. Columbia is nationally recognized for employee satisfaction from experts PBS and Associates as
a “Best Place to Work,” and ranks as the top local Clark County auto lender. Committed to sustainability, Columbia is home to Clark
County’s first financial institution branches built to strict LEED standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Individuals and
businesses in Washington State are eligible for membership. For more information, visit


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