Over $14 million in grants have been provided to the community by the McLean Foundation in its 20-year history. The time had come to build “a gathering place” to enable the community to come together in one special facility: the McLean Campus.
In support of the sprawling, multi-functional project located in Fortuna, Coast Central Credit Union’s Board of Directors approved a $9 million loan to help fund the Center. Located on some 37 acres on Newburg Road, the facility will house Fortuna Senior Services, Remi Vista Counseling Services, Humboldt Senior Resource Center, Gene Lucas Community Center, the McLean Foundation, as well as classes, programs, and areas available for rent.
“Coast Central has been committed to a ‘people helping people’ approach since our beginnings nearly 70 years ago,” stated Bob K. Moore, VP, Chief Credit Officer. “We are very proud to join the McLean Foundation in providing services to our community in recognition of Mel and Grace McLean’s commitment to giving.”
McLean President Dennis Scott commented, “What started as an $8-$10 million project has turned into upwards of $19 million. We definitely needed to partner with a truly community-minded institution like Coast Central.”
Pictured on the right (top to bottom): from Coast Central, AVP Member Business Services (MBS) Phil Sullivan, MBS Underwriter Chris Nelson, Fortuna Member Services Manager Laura Morris, and Moore.
On the left, (top to bottom): from McLean Foundation, Scott, Board Chairperson Erin Dunn, Executive Director Denise Marshall, and Operations Manager Lauren Correll.
Founded in 1950, Coast Central Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in the area, with over 69,000 members and operating 11 Member Services Branches throughout Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties, including McKinleyville and Bayshore Mall, which are open seven days a week. Additionally, members have access to a network of 30,000 free CO-OP ATMs nationwide. More information is available at coastccu.org and at facebook.com/coastcentral.
The McLean Foundation has been awarding grants to nonprofits in Humboldt County since 2000. Its founders, Mel and Grace McLean, lived and worked in the Eel River Valley, and their legacy continues to serve the community. More information regarding granting criteria can be found at mcleanfoundation.org.