Giving back starts with everyday essentials

At Patelco, our goal is simple: helping you live your best financial life. This philosophy guides our involvement with the communities we serve, which is why our community support focuses on financial literacy, healthy nutrition, affordable housing and children's health.

We are deeply committed to supporting organizations, events and initiatives that enrich the community by providing help and support for these critical life essentials.

When the Camp Fire decimated the town of Paradise and surrounding areas, Patelco jumped into action, providing assistance for our members and the broader community.

In December 2018, Patelco team members partnered with the North Valley Catholic Social Service in Chico, to donate and distribute 1,000 backpacks, each packed with a blanket, power pack, $50 Target gift card and a personal note from a Patelco team member. Patelco team member volunteers also helped over 50 families at Chico’s Salvation Army Distribution Center shop for free household, personal and food supplies at the location

As a development professional for over ten years, I can say this was one of the best events I have participated in. From the moment your team stepped off the bus and greeted us, I knew this was going to be a good event.

Don, North Valley Catholic Social Service
Patelco team members supporting community members in front of the Santa Rosa branch photo

Patelco has a history of supporting the community when disasters occur. In 2017 when multiple devastating fires effected Sonoma and Napa Counties, Patelco team members volunteered in the community and distributed essential supplies and food. We packed and distributed 7,500lbs of fruits and vegetables, served food to over 700 people, gifted 1,000 care packages and raised $234,000 to distribute to local charities.

Financial education courses for our communities

Patelco Team Member teaches a financial education course to people in the community photo

Patelco's community team leads financial education courses in Northern California high schools, community colleges, universities, libraries, adult education centers and transitional housing centers. These courses, provided at no cost, have been held in Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Placer counties.

Some of the topics include FICO scores, budgeting for college students, setting goals, emotional spending, and basic financial literacy. Want to learn about these topics and more? Check out our online financial wellness resources.

$50,000 for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

Patelco Team Members volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity new home development photo

We put our words into action (or in this case our hammers!) by volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity build events at their current location in Fremont. Our team members don’t just crunch numbers, they can hammer and paint, too!

Family moving into their new home built by Habitat for Humanity photo

In January we were proud to participate in the dedication of 11 new Habitat for Humanity homes!

Picture of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley Dedication event

Patelco was the presenting sponsor for Habitat for Humanity inaugural Cycle of Hope event in November 2018 helping Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley raise over $238,000. Come join us next year and help more families achieve their goal of affordable home ownership!

Walking and running for children’s health

Patelco team members at the Credit Union for Kids Sactown Run event photo

Every year Patelco team member volunteers, walkers and runners participate in the SacTown Run to support the Children’s Miracle Network. In 2018 Patelco, along with other credit unions and community participants, raised $238,000 that goes to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Northern California.


“Going casual” for the Children’s Miracle Network

Children’s Miracle Network bracelets and badges given to Patelco Team Members donators photo

As you may have noticed, Patelco team members pride themselves on their professional appearance but on some days, we “go casual” to support the Children’s Miracle Network. In 2018, Team members made donations totaling more than $9,400 just by wearing jeans to work!


Doing great work, every day

 As a result of our community team's efforts, Patelco recently received several awards:

  • Regional 1st place Desjardin Financial Education Award, recognizing credit unions that work to advance financial literacy for adults
  • Regional 1st place Desjardin Financial Education Award, recognizing credit unions that work to advance financial literacy for youths
  • National 1st place 2017 Desjardin Financial Education Award for Adult Financial Literacy
  • Dora Maxwell Award, recognizing credit unions for their social responsibility projects within their community

We’re proud to be part of helping make the communities we serve stronger.

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