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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 are proud to support
- All 7 Tri-Cities’ DECA Student Organizations
- American Red Cross
- Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo
- Benton Franklin Humane Society
- Blue Mountain Action Council of Walla Walla
- Blue Mountain Humane Society
- Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties
- Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia
- Columbia Basin College Foundation
- Corvettes on the Columbia
- Crystal Apple Awards
- Gesa Carousel of Dreams
- Gesa College Scholarships
- Gesa Power House Theatre
- Gesa Credit Union Turkey Trot
- Habitat for Humanity of Moses Lake, Tri-Cities, and Wenatchee
- Junior Achievement of Tri-Cities and Walla Walla
- Kennewick Police Department’s “Every 15 Minutes” Program
- Kennewick School District
- Leadership Tri-Cities
- Make a Wish Alaska and Washington
- March of Dimes – Walk for Babies
- Mid-Columbia Mastersingers
- Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards
- Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
- My Friend’s Place Homeless Teen Shelter
- National Night Out
- NBC Right Now Northwest Harvest Food Drive
- Northwest Credit Union Foundation
- Pasco Chamber of Commerce
- Pasco School District
- Perry Technical College
- Richland School District
- Safe Harbor Support Center
- Second Harvest
- Special Olympics Washington
- St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center
- Thunder on the Island Summer Concert Series
- Toys for Tots
- Tri-Cities Community Health
- Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Tri-City Americans
- Tri-City Dust Devils
- Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Tri-City Union Gospel Mission
- United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties
- Walla Walla Balloon Stampede
- Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce
- Wenatchee AppleSox
- Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce
- Wenatchee Valley Apple Blossom Festival
- Wenatchee Valley College
- Wenatchee Wings and Wheels Festival
- West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce
- WSU Extension – International Women’s Day
- Yakima Chamber of Commerce
- Yakima Valley Tourism
- Yakima Veteran’s Support Group
- YMCA of Inland Northwest
The Tri-Cities Carousel of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization engaged in restoring a 102 year old big-park carousel to its original condition for the public to enjoy at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick, Washington.
The Gesa Carousel of Dreams provides the area 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 $1 million commitment. More information about the Carousel of Dreams Foundation can be found at carouselofdreams.net.
Gesa is proud to partner with the Tri-City Dust Devils. The Dust Devils continue to be an integral part of the Tri-Cities community by bringing fun, affordable family entertainment to Gesa Stadium.
The Dust Devils ended the 2015 season with a record-breaking 89,674 fans that walked through the gates of Gesa Stadium making it the eleventh consecutive year of increased attendance! In 2015, the Dust Devils were named the North Division Champions and recipient of the 2015 Visit Tri-Cities Excellence in Service Award.
Click here to see the Dust Devils 2016 Season Schedule.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty and homelessness. Habitat works in partnership with low-income working families, sponsors, and communities. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of recipient families. Habitat started in the Tri-Cities in 1994 and has built over 50 homes. Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to build 12 homes per year.
Habitat for Humanity is an important community partner for Gesa. Gesa hopes to raise awareness about Habitat for Humanity with staff and management taking active roles in volunteering and fundraising. We would like to invite our members to roll up their sleeves to “Walk Home” and build homes for deserving families in the Tri-Cities. Habitat designates one house built each year as the Women Build Project. The Women Build home is built by women from start to finish, but is also open to anyone who wants to pitch in.
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. Locally, they have reached more than 100,000 children since their inception in 1987, and JA programs are now offered in the Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Kiona-Benton City, Columbia Burbank, Finley, Prosser, North Franklin, College Place, Touchet and Walla Walla school districts.
The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a world-class, 368-seat performing arts theatre located in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. The 120 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.
View the 2016 calendar of events here.