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The $4.6 billion Gesa Credit Union in Richland, Wash., is supporting local firefighters, law enforcement personnel, teachers and veterans through its newly-launched Local Heroes Grant Program, the credit union announced Wednesday.

Applicants can seek a grant worth up to $5,000 from Gesa’s $100,000 pool it has allotted for the program. In the week prior to the program’s June 9 launch, Gesa gave five $1,000 spark donations to the following organizations that support local heroes: The Foundation for Edmonds School District in Lynwood, Wash.; the Walla Walla Fire Department in Walla Walla, Wash.; the Volunteers of America Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho in Spokane, Wash.; the Pasco Police Department Foundation in Pasco, Wash.; and the Wellness House, an organization supporting individuals with life-challenging illnesses and their families in Yakima, Wash.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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