Westerly Community Credit Union (WCCU) is giving $75,000 to Wood River Health Services (WRHS), a Federally Qualified Health Center that has been providing medical, dental, and social services to residents of southwestern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut since 1976. The demand for high-quality, broad-based services at community health centers has increased significantly in the last 10 years. WCCU’s donation will be used to construct a new wing on WRHS’s Main Street campus in Hope Valley to meet the demand. With the continued generosity of local businesses, grantors, service organizations, and private donors investing in this vital project, WRHS hopes to begin construction on the addition in Spring 2022.

This donation is part of the #WCCUCares campaign, which aims to support local community organizations that directly assist individuals in their communities. “Helping our members and local community is a top priority for us, and we want to make a positive impact by actively engaging with the communities we serve,” said Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “We are extremely proud to partner with Wood River Health Services as they expand their facility to not only meet the needs of our community, but also improve the patient experience and increase the number of people they can assist.”

“We are immensely grateful to Westerly Community Credit Union for their support of our Capital Campaign,” stated Alison L. Croke, President and CEO of Wood River Health Services. “This funding will allow us to expand our behavioral health department, which is currently in high demand due to the pandemic. Community-minded businesses like Westerly Community Credit Union are crucial to the success of this campaign.”

Westerly Community Credit Union’s motto #WCCUCares emphasizes the organization’s emphasis on caring about their members, their financial well-being, and their local community. Founded in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a full-service financial institution that currently serves over 20,000 members with lending and deposit products through its convenient locations in Westerly, Richmond, Wakefield, Coventry, and online at www.westerlyccu.com. Recent awards include the Westerly Sun’s Readers’ Choice Best Credit Union (2021), Best Mortgage Company (2021), Best Bank Award (2017-18-19, and top three in 2020), Southern RI Chamber Choice Award 2021, Best Employer (2018), and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards. Westerly Community Credit Union has also been recognized as one of PBN’s Best Places to Work in 2018, 2019, and 2021.

Wood River Health Services is a Patient-Centered Medical Home that offers a full range of primary care, dental services, pediatric care, women’s health, behavioral health, laboratory, and radiology services. They were founded in 1976 to provide quality healthcare services to a community with limited access to care, and they have two locations in Hope Valley and Westerly. Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of their patients by offering affordable, coordinated, and accessible health and support services to all. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Wood River Health Services as a Health Center Quality Leader.

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