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Embold Recognized for Making a Difference

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The Credit Union National Association recognizes Embold for its support and promotion of community inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

We are honored to announce that we have been awarded the 2022 1st place national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award for social responsibility in credit unions. Named after early credit union pioneer and community activist Dora Maxwell, the award was created by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to encourage and honor credit union and chapter involvement in community projects and activities.

The 1st place regional national award recognizes our dedication to supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable groups. Over the past several years, we have worked to create inclusion and opportunity for an often-overlooked segment of the population — individuals with cognitive disabilities. There are an estimated 16 million people in the United States that face the unique financial and societal circumstances associated with cognitive disabilities. The partnerships and programs that we have formed at Embold seek to address the immediate and long-term needs of these individuals, provide opportunities for their inclusion and success in the larger community, and celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Accomplishments that were considered:

  • Fundraising
    In 2021 and early 2022, we raised over $113,000 for organizations focused on supporting and empowering people with diverse abilities in our communities.
  • Volunteer Hours
    Embold staff have volunteered a total of 688 hours participating in fundraising events like Special Olympics Polar Plunge and Plane Pull, coaching Special Olympics athletes, and serving on Boards, Committees, and Young Professional Councils for organizations like Special Olympics and Exceed Enterprises.
  • Financial Literacy Programs
    In 2021 and early 2022, Embold staff has taught over 330 hours of financial literacy, including several sessions designed specifically for audiences with special needs. These hours were spent teaching in local K-12 schools, hosting member workshops, and presenting at local organizations.
  • Financial Planning
    Embold Investment Services works with families planning for the financial future of loved ones with special needs.

In a time where more social acceptance is being called for different gender identities, ethnic and national backgrounds, and religious affiliations, less awareness is focused on persons with developmental differences. As a relatively small organization based in one corner of the country, we know that our efforts cannot reach every member of this population; however, through partnerships and continued efforts, we are confident that we can make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with special needs in the Northwest region and help usher in a time of increased inclusion and equity for these wonderful, capable, and deserving people.


*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (“CFS”), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. The credit union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.