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Park Side Partner Program!

Park Side Credit Union supports a multitude of causes, but each year we choose to work very closely with three non-profit organizations in both Missoula and the Flathead Valley.  We select these official Partners with the help of a staff committee and offer each of them a significant donation, employee volunteer groups, and cross-promotion and shared advertising in order to increase their exposure in our communities.  It is a great example of strategic philanthropy and the credit union difference.  Our positive impact is compounded every year and we are creating an unparalleled network of cooperation.  It’s unique, it’s progressive; it’s the Park Side Partner Program.

Welcome to our 2020 Park Side Partners!

In the Flathead:

Flathead Food Bank, Code Girls United, Kalispell Education Foundation

In Missoula:

Missoula Children’s Theatre, Arts Missoula, Tamarack Grief Resource Center


“The Park Side Partner Program exceeded our expectations in every way! Not only did Park Side Credit Union bestow a generous grant to WTC, but they also promoted our programs all year long, assisted with volunteer activities, and advocated for our organization with their members. The Park Side Partner Program offers an incredible and exceptional benefit to our community.”
–Jen Asebrook, Whitefish Theatre Company, 2019 Park Side Partner


Park Side Partners alumni include: Child Bridge, Poverello Center, Bigfork Aces, Whitefish Theater Company, Boys and Girls Club, Nate Chute Foundation, Kalispell HEART Program, Flathead Land Trust, Missoula Symphony Assocation, Families First Children’s Museum, MT Natural Histoty Center, Missoula Education Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Watson Children’s Shelter, Intermountain, Cancer Support Community, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hockaday Museum of Art, Missoula Children’s Theater, CASA for Kids, Mountain Home MT, Foys to Blacktail Trails, Glacier Institute, DREAM Adaptive, Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center, Farmhands, Center for Restorative Youth Justice, Abbie Shelter, Nurturing Center, Samaritan House.

Flathead – 2018

“We are incredibly grateful to have been a 2018 Park Side Partner. This amazing program had a significant impact on the awareness of our organization’s mission and programs. While we are sad to have the year end, we are comforted knowing that the relationships and support developed throughout this partnership will be ongoing. The Park Side Partner Program is all about community, and we are so happy to be a part of their YES culture.”
Kacy Howard – Nate Chute Foundation

“The HEART Program has gained more than a partner for a year, we now have a relationship with the entire Park Side family.”
Nichole Heyer The Kalispell Heart Program

“The Park Side Partner Program has helped Flathead Land Trust by connecting more people to our cherished open spaces and ecological treasures in the Flathead Valley, showing the need to conserve those special places for future generations. It’s a true partnership that will have lasting benefits for our communities and for our landscape”.
Paul Travis – Flathead Land Trust

Missoula – 2018

“The Park Side Partner Program invited a unique breadth and depth of community-building support. From marketing opportunities to volunteer access to philanthropic dollars shared, our organization and clients were well served and our understanding of partnership broadened.”
Nick Roberts – Families First Children’s Museum

“The Park Side Partner Program was an incredible opportunity to engage with Park Side’s staff and members. The additional media promotion was also a boon to our organization. We feel like we gained a great partner in our community. Thanks so much for your support Park Side!”
Thurston Elfstrom – Montana Natural History Center

“Park Side Credit Union is an invaluable partner of the Missoula Symphony Association. Their support of our Suzuki program and the Montana Suzuki Institute underscores the importance Park Side places on children and families. As a result of the Partnership Program, our organization is able to offer the Suzuki Method-musical instruction of the highest quality-to children of all ages, in a nurturing environment that brings families together.”
Jo May Salonen – Missoula Symphony Association



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  • We support local businesses
  • We Make Banking Fun – it PAYS to be a member

Random acts of kindness prove to be one of the best ways to engage our members in the community. We attend local events such as Farmers’ Markets and get involved in larger initiatives including Small Business Saturday by taking a group of credit union staff on-site to reward people by paying for their purchases.

We advertise this campaign mostly through social media avenues (Facebook/Twitter) and often surprise shoppers and businesses, showing up unexpectedly with a hefty load of goodwill in our pockets. It’s always entertaining, extremely gratifying, and it’s who we are.


Instead of a mug, bottle or camp chair, how about making our community stronger? Park Side is doing something different with the money by donating a dollar to non-profits for new members!


We believe you need a stronger support community with more fully-funded non-profit organizations. For that reason, we choose to donate $1.00 for every new member account at Park Side Credit Union to a local organization that makes our neck of the woods a better place to live. We’re “passing the bucks”.

Do you have a say in where the money goes? Yes, you do. Please visit the Park Side Credit Union Facebook page and vote each month as we select a new non-profit as the beneficiary. The more our community invests in us, the more we are able to invest in the community. Thanks for joining Park Side, and thanks for contributing to those who serve.


Donation Policy

Park Side Credit Union is committed to investing in our communities and in every organization that successfully represents and serves our diverse membership. Our donation policy is focused on the desire to assist the youth and the underserved residents of western Montana, as well as all those who appreciate the Montana quality of life. For more community news and events follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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