In Their Words
As a not-for-profit, member owned credit union, we’re incredibly proud of our small role in opening doors –professional and personal – for our members and the communities we serve together. When our members and community partners succeed, it exemplifies how credit unions can help people achieve their dreams and improve our world.
Jensen Yip and 808 Grinds
Meet Jensen: a small business owner, husband, dad, and proud member of First Tech. Like so many of our members, Jensen is looking for financial security while pursuing his dreams. He hails from Hawaii and brings with him a unique flavor of the islands, which he has parlayed into a successful business. Years ago, Jensen bought a car—financed through First Tech—and later sold it to buy his first food truck serving traditional Hawaiian food in a very Portland way: unique, fast, and delicious. Jensen’s work ethic and entrepreneurial sense has helped him grow his business to include multiple food trucks—plus a brick-and-mortar location—in and around the Portland area.
Jensen and his wife, Jesse, met years ago and shared the same belief that putting their trust in a community-oriented institution like First Tech was the best decision for their growing family.
We are proud to have Jensen and Jesse as members of First Tech.
Hillsboro Schools Foundation
Dash and Dot are two little robots making a big impact in Hillsboro, Oregon. The project was made possible by a Hillsboro Schools Foundation innovation grant, which First Tech has been supporting for more than 10 years. By providing access to technology for kids who need it most, Hillsboro Schools Foundation is helping to bridge the digital divide. Dash and Dot provide students with an opportunity to apply creative problem solving, coding, and math in a way that is engaging and fun. We’re honored to support and fund STEM initiatives that translate to more success and involvement in the classroom.
“Thanks to First Tech’s support, children who wouldn’t have the opportunities to engage in technology have this hands-on STEM experience in the classroom,” said Hillsboro Schools Foundation Executive Director Aron Carleson.
The Plug into Portland program is an excellent example of how Free Geek is making a difference to bridge the digital divide. First Tech is thrilled to partner with such an empowering organization that champions digital equality.