Much has changed in the past few months, but one thing that will never change is O Bee’s commitment to the South Sound community. As a not-for-profit credit union, O Bee is guided by the principle of “people helping people.” After careful consultations with medical experts, O Bee has decided to reopen all of their Thurston County lobbies, including the Fern Hill lobby in Tacoma. The Point Ruston branch will also reopen in a few weeks, after some interior repairs are addressed.
If you choose to visit one of the newly reopened branches, O Bee offers many usual services still available: deposits and withdrawals, check cashing, loan payments, cashier or counter checks, debit card printing, cash advances, and shared branching. Public restrooms, the coin machine, and coin exchange services are not currently available in-branch.
Beyond their usual services, O Bee has taken their motto of “people helping people” to the next level. O Bee noticed serious food bank shortages in the community that had been brought on by increased demand after the extended shelter-in-place mandate. To raise awareness for these shortages, and to provide a creative tool for managing stress, O Bee hosted the Color-for-Cash contest – an online coloring contest for adults with a total of $3,000 in cash prizes. Over 1,000 people entered, and six lucky south sound residents split the award money. O Bee matched the contest giveaway by donating $3,000 each to Thurston County Food Bank and Nourish Pierce County.
Family Support Center operates Pear Blossom Place, a 24/7 family shelter in Olympia. When COVID-19 was recognized as a national threat, they relocated some of the families they serve to the nearby Quality Inn Hotel to allow for more social distancing. On Friday, May 22, 2020, a fire broke out, the hotel was evacuated and later deemed a total loss. No one was injured, but 15 houseless families staying there lost everything. O Bee stepped in to help and donated $5,000 to purchase needed supplies.
To learn more about O Bee Credit Union, their services, or what they’re doing right now to help our community, visit their website.