Sponsor Spotlight: Interview with Michelle Thor of Columbia Credit Union

by Emily Ostrowski

At YWCA Clark County we continually stress how important support from our community is in helping us live out our mission, serve the people of Clark County, and help them achieve greatness. Every contribution that is made by volunteers, grantors, sponsors, and community partners is felt and appreciated, which is why we love when we’re able to turn the spotlight back on those who’ve helped us throughout the years.

Michelle Thor, Vice President of Outreach and Social Responsibility for Columbia Credit Union (CCU), has been involved in furthering YWCA Clark County’s mission for many years. Thor worked for five years for YWCA Clark County in marketing and special events. During that time she worked closely with CCU to help plan and coordinate our benefit luncheons. Columbia Credit Union has been a longtime community partner, and is once again a sponsor of our upcoming 21st Annual Empower Luncheon.

Michelle Thor

Seeing the ways in which CCU lived up to their tagline “Make Life Better” impressed Thor, and when a position in their marketing department opened up, she felt confident she would continue to work somewhere that put stock in making a difference. “When the opportunity to join Columbia Credit Union’s Marketing Department came up, I knew their values aligned with mine, and that in my new role I would continue to support the mission of the YWCA and help make life better for our members and the communities we serve,” Thor said.


Silveira and Grace and Writing Your Own Story

by Michelle Polek

This post started out as a personal journal entry! Journaling has been an important aspect of my own self-care, especially during this political climate.

One of my favorite videos right now features Lucas Silveira (from the band The Cliks) and Laura Jane Grace (from the band Against Me!) singing “The Ocean,” a song that Grace wrote in a time before she was able to live openly as a woman. In a basement-like room, surrounded on all sides by fans who are mouthing the words, they sing a song of dreams and transformation:

“And if I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman
My mother once told me she would have named me Laura
I’d grow up to be strong and beautiful like her.”


CASA Profile: Avonna Chung

by Emily Ostrowski

YWCA Clark County would be nothing without our volunteers. We feel an enormous sense of pride and gratitude for all of our program volunteers that give their time, energy and compassion so selflessly to help aid many of the most vulnerable members of our community.

This year our Clark County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is celebrating its 35 year anniversary, and as a way to commemorate the program’s longevity we’d like to take some time to shine the spotlight on several volunteers who advocate for children in our community, and celebrate the work that they have done.

CASA Volunteer Avonna Chung