archival photo of paper mill

Our Story

Home » About Us » Our Story

The St. Helens Community Story

At St. Helens Community we have a saying, “Always here for you.” That means we’re here to help you achieve your financial goals and dreams, whether that’s saving for your child’s college education, applying for a home loan, or utilizing our long list of business services.

Whatever it is you need, we’re always here to offer helpful advice and make recommendations along the way. We’ve been doing it for members throughout the community for over 75 years, starting in 1938 with the employees of two local paper mills.

Back then, the families who called this region home lived on less than $50 a month. They built homes, opened businesses and started families. Over the generations, our community grew and so did the credit union.

Today, we’re serving the great-great grandkids of some of those founding members – helping them plan ahead, run businesses, buy cars, finance homes and achieve their financial goals and dreams. Membership in the credit union is available to individuals that live, work, attend school, volunteer, or worship in Columbia, Clatsop and Cowlitz Counties and Sauvie Island, Oregon. This also includes individuals with immediate family who are existing credit union members. Immediate family is considered to be: spouse, child, step-child, grandchild, parent, step-parent, grandparent, or sibling.

The proof is in what we do, not just what we say. That’s why you’ll find student-run branches at both St. Helens and Scappoose High Schools, loan rates that keep monthly budgets in check, financial products for local businesses, as well as services designed to save you money. In other words, we care about your family, local business, and the whole community.

We look forward to proving that commitment to you.