Altura Collects School Supplies for Local Students

Posted on August 21, 2013

Part of the County’s ‘Fill a Backpack’ Program

(Riverside, Calif.) Aug. 21, 2013 - Thanks to the generosity of Altura Credit Union employees and members, more than two dozen local children will return to school this year with backpacks full of the supplies they’ll need for a successful year. The credit union participated again this year in Riverside County’s “Fill a Backpack” program.

Administered by the County Department of Mental Health’s Parent Support and Training Program, Fill a Backpack has been providing schools supplies for local needy kids for 15 years.

Over a two-week period in July, Altura collected more than 20 backpacks and filled 15 boxes with schools supplies, enough to stuff a van. The donations are expected to benefit about 35 children.

“We are so thrilled that we saw an increase in our donations this year, meaning that we can help more children as they prepare for the start of a new school year,” said Tina Covington, Altura vice president of Sales and Business Development.

As a credit union, Altura is a non-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. Individuals can join Altura for a one-time membership fee of $10. Membership is open to persons who live, work, attend school or worship in Riverside and San Diego counties and selected cities in San Bernardino and Orange counties.

Photo Caption:

Luz Negron, left, and Rachel Douglas, center, from the Riverside County Department of Mental Health Children Services, accepts Altura Credit Union’s donations to the annual “Fill a Backpack Program.” Altura staffers, from left, Derric Gonzalez, Karena Chum, second from right, and Tina Covington, right, Altura vice president of Sales and Business Development presented the supplies, which filled a van.

Altura is very proud of its 56 years of service to Members in the Inland Empire. Today Altura is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in Riverside and San Diego counties, as well as selected cities in Orange and San Bernardino counties. Altura Credit Union,, has been recognized with the California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE), the state’s equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Today, Altura Credit Union 86,500 members and has $704.6 million in total assets. For more information on Altura, visit our website,, or call 1-888-883-7228.