We are located at: 702 Jefferson Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

Why Choose LHCCU?

So, who are we and – more importantly – why would you want to join the Lighthouse Community Credit Union family? We happen to think there are lots of reasons to join. If you like the idea of owning your own financial institution and having a vote in who will lead it into the future, then you’re halfway there; we’ve just described the foundation of all credit unions. Now let’s take a look at why Lighthouse Community Credit Union is right for you.

The Perfect Credit Union

In 1953, a group of ordinary folks just like you and me gathered together to form a more perfect CREDIT UNION! It’s been more than fifty years since a group of hard working mill employees pooled their money together and opened our credit union for all employees at the mill. The new credit union’s name was Columbia River Paper Mill Employees Credit Union. CRPMECU ended the first month of charter with assets of $854.52 and staffed by volunteers.

In 1962, Boise Cascade purchased the mill and our name was changed to Boise Cascade Credit Union. In 1994, the charter and name were again changed to allow more people access to credit union membership; we became Cascade Forest Products Credit Union. In 2014 we revealed our current name for the credit union Lighthouse Community Credit Union.  Our commitment to our members remains the same with an even stronger focus in our community. Everyone deserves a financial institution that they can feel comfortable with.

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OUR VISION

To provide a sound financial place to build and save assets through meaningful, personal, banking.

MISSION STATEMENT

We are a nonprofit financial cooperative that is owned, controlled, and operated for the benefit of our members by:

1) Providing members with individual attention to their financial needs, and access to all products and services.

2) Helping our members and their families, some of whom may be underserved by mainstream financial providers, to achieve life-long financial success by looking out for their best interests.

3) Cultivating community growth by partnering with local businesses to give back to the community through financial education, new memberships and access to affordable loan options.

OUR VALUES

Our core values will not be compromised. 1) Caring and Compassion – Our members are our priority!  With demonstrated care and compassion we will meet and strive to exceed each and every member’s needs. 2) Excellence – Since 1953 we have been providing excellent, personalized service to our members at every contact. 3) Honesty, Character and Integrity – We continue to be fiscally responsible in everything we do to ensure the success of the credit union. 4) Dignity, Respect and Kindness – We pledge to treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve by providing a safe, kind, family environment in which to conduct their banking.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

One of the many characteristics that distinguish credit unions from other financial institutions begins with the Volunteer Board of Directors. These individuals serve without compensation and devote countless hours to the welfare of the Credit Union. Some of the duties of the Board include long-range planning; policy review; budget decisions and consideration of new programs, rates and facilities. The position requires a dedication to protect the best interest of the Credit Union.

SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE

The Supervisory Committee monitors the Credit Union’s operations and procedures in an oversight capacity on behalf of the members. Committee members are responsible for initiating an annual audit of the Credit Union records, conducting biennial member account verifications and providing an ongoing review of closed accounts. All of this is done to ensure the soundness of all members’ deposits.

COMMUNITY GIVING

Annually Lighthouse Community Credit Union donates to Credit Union for Kids which is a collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues, and business partners engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network affiliated children’s hospitals serving 17 million kids, while gaining numerous benefits for credit unions. Your credit union also participates in the annual December Bridge the Gap toy drive that gathers toys and gifts for under privileged youth in Clark County Washington and surrounding areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

A credit union is a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution organized to promote thrift and provide credit to members. It is member-owned and controlled through a board of directors elected by the membership. The board serves on a volunteer basis and may hire a management team to run the credit union. The board also establishes and revises policy, sets dividend and loan rates, and directs certain operations. The result: members are provided with a safe, convenient place to save and borrow at reasonable rates at an institution which exists to benefit them, not to make a profit.
Most financial institutions are owned by stockholders, who own a part of the institution and intend on making money from their investment. A credit union doesn’t operate in that manner. Rather, each credit union member owns one “share” of the organization. The user of credit union services is also an owner, and is even entitled to vote on important issues, such as the election of member representatives to serve on the board of directors.
The first credit union cooperatives started in Germany over a century ago. Today, credit unions are found everywhere in the world. The credit union movement started in this country in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, the St. Mary’s Cooperative Credit Association, a church-affiliated credit union, opened its doors in 1909. Today, one in every three Americans is a credit union member.
The primary purpose in furthering their goal of service is to encourage members to save money. Another purpose is to offer loans to members. In fact, credit unions have traditionally made loans to people of ordinary means. Credit unions can charge lower rates for loans (as well as pay higher dividends on savings) because they are nonprofit cooperatives. Rather than paying profits to stockholders, credit unions return earnings to members in the form of dividends or improved services.
Yes. All savings accounts are insured up to $250,000 by the NCUA, the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the federal government.
A credit union exists to serve a specific group of people, such as a group of employees or the members of a professional or religious group. This is called a “field of membership.” The field of membership may include where they live, where they work, or their membership in a social or economic group. As of July 2002 LHCCU expanded its field of membership to include “All those who live, work, or worship” in the State of Washington, as well as several select employee groups (see credit union for full list of eligibility options).