On Friday, April 7th Clearwater Credit Union and Opportunities, Inc. announced a unique partnership between our organizations during a ribbon cutting for our Great Falls office located at 1100 1st Ave North (in Great Falls, MT).
Opportunities’ is dedicated to supporting and educating low-income individuals to help them achieve self-reliance. Their efforts include ensuring access to safe housing, affordable childcare, and other support services.
Clearwater Credit Union, is a values-based banking cooperative with a mission to be a force for good. As Montana’s largest Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Clearwater offers financial products, services, and education that empower Montanans to build bright futures and build long-term financial resiliency.
Recognizing a synergy in priorities and services, Opportunities and Clearwater joined forces to expand their positive social impact.
“Building strong community collaborations, like this one with Clearwater, is what we do. We do this because we know the power of partnership and that together, we are all stronger and able to meet the needs of our communities,” noted Karla Seaman, Opportunities, Inc. Executive Director, “We believe through our partnership with Clearwater we will make a difference in our community by helping people overcome barriers to reaching their financial goals and create overall positive and lasting change for themselves.”
“We’re thrilled to have a partner in Opportunities Inc. As we expand to serve communities across Montana, building bridges with local organizations is crucial to ensuring that we bring the right resources, services, and products to the people that need them,” said Jack Lawson, President and CEO of Clearwater.
From its Great Falls location, Clearwater currently provides consumer lending, Video Teller services, a 24-hour ATM, and works with Opportunities’ case workers to help referred clients. Additionally, Clearwater offers free financial counseling and financial literacy classes to all Great Falls area residents.