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In The Community

Gesa is committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve. We work closely with organizations that make a difference locally through projects that support education, health, women, and those whose missions aim to provide housing and end hunger in our region. Giving back to our communities is just one way we follow the credit union motto of “people helping people.”

Here are some of the local organizations and events we were proud to support
in 2018:

  1. All 7 Tri-Cities’ DECA Student Organizations
  2. Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter
  3. American Heart Association
  4. American Red Cross Serving Central and Southeastern Washington
  5. ARC of Spokane and Tri-Cities
  6. Benton Franklin Legal Aid
  7. Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo
  8. Blue Mountain Action Council of Walla Walla
  9. Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties
  10. Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  11. Central Washington Home Builders Association
  12. Chaplaincy Health Care
  13. Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia
  14. College Place School District
  15. Columbia Basin College Foundation
  16. Columbia Basin Dive and Rescue
  17. Communities in Schools 
  18. Corvettes on the Columbia
  19. Crystal Apple Awards
  20. Delta High School
  21. Downtown Pasco Development Authority
  22. Edith Bishel Center for the Blind
  23. "Every 15 Minutes" Program
  24. Finley School District
  25. First Night Tri-Cities
  26. Friends of Children of Walla Walla
  27. Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  28. Gesa College Scholarships
  29. Gesa Power House Theatre
  30. Gesa Credit Union Turkey Trot
  31. Grace Clinic
  32. Greater Spokane Incorporated
  33. Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
  34. Green Bluff Growers Cherry Pickers Trot
  35. Habitat for Humanity Spokane
  36. Hutton Settlement Spokane
  37. InvestED
  38. Junior Achievement of Tri-Cities, Yakima, Spokane and Walla Walla
  39. Kennewick School District
  40. Liberty Christian School
  41. Lighthouse Ministries Wenatchee
  42. Master Gardner Foundation of Spokane County
  43. Modern Living Spaces
  44. Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
  45. Moses Lake Community Action Center
  46. Moses Lake New Hope
  47. Moses Lake School District
  48. My Friend’s Place
  49. National Credit Union Foundation
  50. National Night Out
  51. NBC Right Now Northwest Harvest Food Drive
  52. North Central Washington Basketball Showcase
  53. North Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  54. Northwest Credit Union Foundation
  55. Operation Red Eye
  56. Pasco Chamber of Commerce
  57. Pasco School District
  58. Red Mountain Lions Club Summer Concert Series
  59. Rebuilding Mid-Columbia
  60. Richland School District
  61. Rotary Club of Walla Walla
  62. Rude Mechanicals
  63. Safe Harbor Support Center
  64. Second Harvest Pasco & Spokane
  65. SIGN Fracture Care International 
  66. Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions
  67. Spokane NAOMI
  68. Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners
  69. Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
  70. St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center
  71. Support and Advocacy Resource Center
  72. Thunder on the Island Summer Concert Series
  73. Toys for Tots
  74. Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  75. Tri-Cities Home Builders Association 
  76. Tri-Cities Links
  77. Tri-Cities Safe Treat Street
  78. Tri-City Americans
  79. Tri-City Cancer Center
  80. Tri-City Dust Devils
  81. Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
  82. Tri-City Union Gospel Mission
  83. Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity
  84. TRIDEC
  85. United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties
  86. Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
  87. Visit Tri-Cities
  88. Walla Walla Area Crime Watch
  89. Walla Walla Balloon Stampede
  90. Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce
  91. Walla Walla Sweets
  92. Wenatchee AppleSox
  93. Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce
  94. Wenatchee Valley Apple Blossom Festival
  95. Wenatchee Valley College Foundation
  96. West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce
  97. Wishing Star Foundation
  98. Women Helping Women Foundation
  99. World Council of Credit Unions
  100. WSU 21st Century Learning
  101. WSU Gear Up
  102. Yakima Dye Hard 5k Color Run
  103. Yakima Greenway Foundation
  104. Yakima Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  105. Yakima Memorial Hospital Foundation
  106. Yakima School District
  107. Yakima Schools Foundation
  108. Yakima Valley Pippins
  109. Yakima Valley Tourism
  110. Yakima Valley Veterans Coalition
  111. You Medical
  112. YMCA of Inland Northwest
  113. YWCA of Yakima

Dust Devils & Gesa Stadium

For 9 years, Gesa has partnered with the Tri-City Dust Devils to provide fun, affordable, family entertainment at Gesa Stadium. Located in Pasco, this stadium is home to the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, the Tri-City Dust Devils, as well as the City of Pasco’s Grand Old 4th Celebration on July 4th each year.

The Dust Devils ended the 2018 season with a total of 86,283 fans that walked through the gates of Gesa Stadium! In 2019, Gesa Stadium will be receiving $2 million in stadium updates for improvements in LED lighting along with upgrades in the general admission and lower box seating.

Click here to see the Dust Devils 2019 Season Schedule.


Gesa Carousel of Dreams

The Gesa Carousel of Dreams brings family entertainment and happy memories to all those who visit, providing the Tri-Cities community with a year-round venue for arts, entertainment, weddings, and birthday parties for the surrounding region. Construction of the facility and installation of the vintage 1910 Charles Carmel Carousel was funded in large part through Gesa’s commitment.

Located in Kennewick, this 100-year-old piece of history has had visitors from all 50 states and around the world. In 2018, the carousel celebrated 143,000 riders while surpassing 643,000 in the four years the carousel has been open to the public.

Click here for more information about the Carousel of Dreams Foundation.


Gesa Power House Theatre

The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a world-class, 330-seat performing arts theatre located in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. The 125 year-old building was once the Walla Walla Gas Plant, originally built to produce coal gas and pipe it underground to light the streets, businesses and homes of Walla Walla. The building was converted to generate electricity around the year 1905 by installing steam driven dynamos and transformers. In 2011, the interior of the building was transformed into a state-of-the-art performing arts theater.

In 2018, more than 26,000 people attended nearly 200 events held in this historic building.

Click here to see the Theatre’s calendar of events.


Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing students to succeed in a global economy. Through dedicated volunteers, Junior Achievement provides students in-school and after-school programs, which focus on three key areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. In addition to bringing the free enterprise system to life in the classrooms, Junior Achievement programs also teach the importance of staying in school. In the 2017-2018 school year, Junior Achievement reached more than 10,600 children with over 440 classes and 69,160 instructional hours. Gesa Credit Union supports Junior Achievement by sponsoring their annual fundraising bowling and Celebrate JA Walla Walla events and providing classroom volunteers, with over 25 Gesa staff giving their time last year.

Click here for more information about how you can get involved with Junior Achievement.


Safe Harbor Support Center

Gesa is proud to be the official community partner of Safe Harbor Support Center. Safe Harbor Support Center is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens when there are no other alternatives. Safe Harbor also provides outreach, support, and training to assist families in establishing a safe and stable environment. Safe Harbor supports My Friend’s Place, Southeastern Washington’s first overnight sanctuary for homeless teens, and several impactful programs that help children, teens, and parents in our community including the Taming the Dragons, The Incredible Years, and Imagination Yoga programs to name a few.

Click here to learn more about Safe Harbor Support Center.


Tri-City Americans

Gesa is honored to be named the official credit union of the Tri-City Americans. This partnership includes the “Gesa Credit Union Saves for Students” program in which Gesa donated $2 for every save made by an Americans goaltender to the Americans’ Players’ Education Fund, a non-profit organization providing scholarships for players seeking to further their education when their hockey careers are complete.

During the 2017-2018 season over 157,000 fans attended Tri-City Americans’ games and Gesa donated $4,572 to the Americans’ Players’ Education Fund.

Click here for more information about the Tri-City Americans.

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