Volunteering just brings joy to my life. I honestly think we are all capable of much more than we are think we are, we just need a nudge to volunteer. Plus you meet the nicest folks you’ll ever meet in your life.
Sarah Canepa Bang helps the helpers as her day job and she helps after work through many volunteer activities. By day she is an executive with CO-OP Financial Services, an organization that provides payment services to thousands of credit unions and millions of credit union members.
Sarah is a frequent speaker at national credit union events on leadership and emerging technologies. She has been Bravo channel’s in-studio expert on financial services technology. She has been a faculty member of the Western Intermediate Banking School, the Oregon Bankers’ Directors’ College and Portland State University. She currently serves on the boards of the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation and the National Credit Union Foundation supporting financial literacy in California and nationally.
Sarah has been a passionate supporter of the Credit Unions for Kids program since its inception. In the early 1990s she formalized the relationship between Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Credit Unions for Kids; the program is now the third largest contributor to CMNH nationally. She serves on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Board of Governors and is Chairman of the Credit Unions for Kids Advisory Board.
In February 2014, Sarah won the Herb Wegner Individual Achievement award from the National Credit Union Foundation. This is one of the highest honors in the Credit Union Movement with fewer than 25 recipients in its 30-year history.
Cabot selected Sarah to join this years Community Celebrities in order to honor the role that credit unions play across the country: Credit Unions collectively are the third largest donor to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals after Walmart and Sam’s Club. Sarah has a lifetime of service to her community, just as she serves credit unions around the country.
Like her married name promises, Sarah energizes all around her. She’ll be sailing with her husband Steven and looks forward to connecting credit unions to all the Celebrity volunteers and together, imagining how much more we can do.