Credit union’s 17 branch locations includes one in the Alto Plaza shopping center. 

Redwood Credit Union’s Matt Martin and Meg Cadiz (center) receive the 2017 Heart of Marin Corporate Community Service award from the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership Board members Dave Canny (far left) and Ken Preston (far right). Courtesy image.


Redwood Credit Union, which opened a full-service branch in the Alto Plaza Shopping Center in late 2016, garnered the Corporate Community Service award at the 25th annual Heart of Marin awards on January 11 at the Marin Center. The event, hosted by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL), recognized the credit union as a local company that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.

Event organizers pointed to Redwood Credit Union’s staff providing more than “2,000 hours of volunteer support at 115 events supporting local nonprofits and community organizations in Marin, including the Marin/San Francisco Food Bank, Novato Human Needs Center, Marin YMCA, Conservation Corps of the North Bay, and many others. RCU regularly hosts “Bite of Reality” financial events at local high schools to help teens learn important real-world money management skills—more than 3,000 Marin students benefited from these programs. In addition, RCU supports SchoolsRule—a coalition that provides literacy, technology, arts and health education to all Marin public school students—through a unique program that generates a donation for every RCU credit or debit card transaction made by a Marin County Member, providing more than $30,000 to support SchoolsRule programs annually.”

Redwood Credit Union drew plaudits from throughout the Bay Area in the latter part of 2017 when it partnered with The Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire to create the North Bay Fire Relief Fund via its RCU Community Fund to support victims of the tragic fires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. To date, more than $20 million of the funds raised have been distributed directly to victims and via nonprofit partners. MORE INFO.

“RCU is extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Matt Martin, Vice President of Community and Government Relations for RCU, who accepted the award at the event. “Giving back and supporting the well-being of our local communities is an integral part of who we are as an organization, and we are continually inspired by the amazing spirit this community has for giving and helping people in need.”

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