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Coast Central’s Community Grant Program Awards $150,000


Coast Central Credit Union President/CEO James T. Sessa announced that its Board of Directors has approved $150,000 in grants to 20 local organizations through its Community Investment Program’s fall round.  A total of 112 non-profits had requested $1.5 million, a new record for the 15-year-old program.  Coast Central also supports its communities through sponsorships and college scholarships for a total of $650,000 this year throughout Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties.  Additionally, Coast Central employees contribute 5,000 hours annually in volunteerism.

Fall 2023 recipients include:

Humboldt County

  • $25,000 Food for People; emergency response vehicle
  • $15,000 Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives; hygiene products & showers
  • $15,000 Alderpoint Volunteer Fire; new PPE equipment
  • $8,500 Willow Creek Volunteer Fire; new rescue rope system
  • $6,880 Cumbre Humboldt; swim lessons for Latinx children
  • $5,220 North Coast Rape Crisis Team; cell phones for survivors
  • $5,000 Pacout Green Team; hygiene items, socks, and services
  • $5,000 Ferndale Police; new radios for emergency response team
  • $5,000 Humboldt Domestic Violence Services; food gift cards for survivors
  • $4,000 Blue Lake Fire; new CPR equipment
  • $3,000 Humboldt County CERT; first aid supplies for emergency response
  • $2,600 HCAR; yard equipment for developmentally disabled work crew
  • $2,500 Providence St. Joseph Hospital; gas cards for cancer patients
  • $2,000 Friends of the Dunes; environmental education gear for children

Del Norte County

  • $12,000 Del Norte Junior Livestock; new animal pens for children showing
  • $5,000 Del Norte High Soccer; new goal posts and nets for boys and girls teams
  • $4,800 Fort Dick Fire Protection; new emergency lights for fire trucks

Trinity County

  • $15,000 Coffee Creek Elementary School; new generator
  • $6,500 Trinity Jr. Wolves Youth Football & Cheer; uniforms
  • $2,000 Hayfork Community Center; warm weather clothing for youth

“The tremendous increase in requests this round clearly demonstrates the challenging times our community organizations are experiencing,” stated Sessa.  “We are grateful to our volunteer Board of Directors for approving our current level of giving and to our members who directly support these organizations through their loyalty.”  The spring round of grants opens February 1 at

Coast Central Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in the area, with $2 billion in assets, over 77,000 members, and operating 11 Member Services Branches throughout Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties, including McKinleyville, open six days a week and Bayshore Mall, open seven days a week.  Additionally, members have access to a network of 30,000 free CO-OP ATMs nationwide. Individuals who live or work in any of these counties may be eligible to bank at CCCU by applying at More information is available at and on Facebook and Instagram.

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