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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 2016:

  • A Case of the Blues: REBOOT
  • All 7 Tri-Cities’ DECA Student Organizations
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Art Uncorked!
  • Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo 
  • Blue Mountain Action Council of Walla Walla
  • Blue Mountain Humane Society
  • Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • Chaplaincy Health Care
  • Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia
  • Columbia Basin College Foundation
  • Corvettes on the Columbia
  • Crystal Apple Awards
  • Downtown Pasco Development Authority
  • "Every 15 Minutes" Program
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • Gesa College Scholarships
  • Gesa Power House Theatre
  • Gesa Credit Union Turkey Trot
  • Greater Spokane Incorporated
  • InvestED
  • Junior Achievement of Tri-Cities and Walla Walla
  • Junior Service League of Wenatchee
  • Kennewick School District
  • Kennewick Police Department Foundation
  • Leadership Tri-Cities 
  • March of Dimes - Walk for Babies
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers
  • Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Moses Lake New Hope
  • My Friend’s Place Homeless Teen Shelter
  • National Credit Union Foundation
  • National Night Out
  • NBC Right Now Northwest Harvest Food Drive
  • Northwest Credit Union Foundation 
  • Pasco Chamber of Commerce
  • Pasco School District
  • Rascal Rodeo
  • Richland School District
  • Rotary Club of Walla Walla
  • Safe Harbor Support Center
  • Shakespeare Walla Walla
  • Second Harvest Pasco & Spokane
  • 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
  • Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity
  • United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • Visit Tri-Cities
  • Walla Walla Balloon Stampede
  • Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce
  • Walla Walla High School
  • Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Wenatchee AppleSox
  • Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce
  • Wenatchee Valley Apple Blossom Festival
  • Wenatchee Valley College Foundation
  • Wenatchee Wings and Wheels Festival
  • West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Wishing Star Foundation
  • Women Helping Women Foundation
  • WSU 21st Century Learning
  • WSU Gear Up
  • Yakima Chamber of Commerce
  • Yakima Greenway Foundation
  • Yakima Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Yakima Humane Society
  • Yakima School District
  • Yakima Schools Foundation
  • Yakima Valley Museum
  • YWCA Walla Walla
  • Yakima Valley Tourism
  • YMCA of Inland Northwest

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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 2016 season with a total of 86,886 fans that walked through the gates of Gesa Stadium! In addition, Gesa Stadium was host to over 285 private groups during the 16th season of this fan-favorite team.

Click here to see the Dust Devils 2017 Season Schedule.

Images of the Tri-City Dust Devils Baseball Team

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 hosted over 187 community events in 2016 and brought joy to over 136,000 riders.

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

Image of a group of people with hardhats and shovels preparing to start construction of the Gesa Carousel of Dreams

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 2016, approximately 18,000 people attended events held in this historic building.

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

Poster of the Gesa Powerhouse Theatre

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 2015-2016 school year, Junior Achievement reached more than 12,000 children with over 479 programs and 71,689 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 20 Gesa staff giving their time last year.

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

Image of Gesa Employees teaching a class of students for 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 2015-2016 season over 140,000 fans attended Tri-City Americans’ games and Gesa donated $3,934 to the Americans’ Players’ Education Fund.

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

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