How we came to be
The Northwest Federal Employees Association (NFEA or “Associates”) is a nonprofit organization established under IRS paragraph 501(c)(4) to maintain the general welfare and provide specified benefits to Federal employees whose Agency is headquartered in the Lloyd Center area of Portland,Oregon. Employees whose Agency was once headquartered in this geographic area may still be members through “grandfathering.” Our members include employees from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, and Interior. The Associates currently includes employees from the following agencies:
DOE Bonneville Power Administration
DOI Bureau of Indian Affairs
DOI Bureau of Land Management
DOI Regional Solicitor's Office
DOI Fish and Wildlife Service
DOI US Geological Survey
DOC National Marine Fisheries Service
Pacific NW Federal Credit Union
The Federal government does not permit the “kitty” or the passing of the hat. To respond to social and welfare concerns, the Associates were formed by employees of the Bonneville Power Administration in 1938. As the Associates grew, membership opportunities expanded to include all Federal employees in the Lloyd Center area. The existing organization operates under a Constitution and Bylaws. These documents are periodically revised to reflect the changing needs and perspectives of the organization. The Constitution was amended in 2002 to allow all Federal Employees in the Portland/Vancouver area, as well as contracted employees to become members.
The Associates sponsors social and community-outreach projects, such as a January installation event to introduce the new officers, a summer picnic, and a children’s December holiday party. A successful program of past decades was float building for the Portland Rose Festival Parade for which the Associates received several first-place trophies.
The Associates became very involved in providing blood to the American Red Cross during World War II. We have continued to be a community leader in this area and have received recognition from the Red Cross over the years. The Associates has been one of the larger corporate suppliers of blood products in the Portland area.
There were no concession or purchasing programs in the 1930s. Eventually our members’ interests in discounted prices on services and products spurred the creation of a purchasing program. We compiled a directory of retail and wholesale outlets that offered cost savings to our members. We also had a concession program coordinated by member volunteers.
Other current program provide access to automotive parts, candies and nuts, and flowers. We add new concessions as opportunities arise. Today we provide for Pagers, Cell Phones, COSTCO Membership, and florist services.
Some highlights of our other programs are: