Strategic Link Helps Credit Unions Stock up on Personal Protective Equipment

Credit union branch employees are serving members in the face of COVID-19, so it’s critical they be protected while helping members in need.

In early April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended wearing face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures may be more difficult to maintain. That advice, while important, also resulted in mask manufacturers struggling even more than they already were to produce enough masks and ship them quickly.

To help, the Strategic Link team ordered more than 21,000 masks, both washable and disposable, for 49 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

“In this incredibly difficult time, credit unions are continuing to offer excellent service and unwavering support to their members, and Strategic Link stands ready to help in any way that it can. We ask that credit unions help us identify which PPE items they need most. We understand that as the COVID-19 crisis evolves, credit unions’ needs may evolve as well.”
— Jason Smith, Vice President of Strategic Resources

The Strategic Link team also is working to obtain plexiglass protection shields (sneeze guards), social distancing floor decals, antibacterial wipes, gloves, hand sanitizer, and no-contact thermometers for credit union staff and branches.

Credit unions that would like assistance in acquiring health and sanitation products or are interested in operations support, such as cybersecurity, member communication and experience, operational efficiencies, or data analytics, are encouraged to complete this survey and a Strategic Link representative will reach out.

“The team believes in the cooperative spirit and they’re eager to help credit unions any way they can,” Smith said. “We’re proud to stand side-by-side with our credit unions as they continue to provide exemplary member service during such an uncertain time. They are on the financial frontlines.”

For questions, please contact Jason Smith at 208.286.6794.