400 Turn Out For CU-Hosted Job Fair In Calif.

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Water & Power Community Credit Union drew 400 people and 30 employers to a Neighborhood Job Fair at its branch here.

Marianne Noss, marketing specialist for Water & Power Community Credit Union, said the job fair drew a "huge variety of people, from teens to 50s." She said the event, which took place in the parking lot of the Northridge branch, featured local employers whose employees are in the credit union's field of membership.

Those employers included Sam's Club, Costco, Ross Dress For Less, Albertsons, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Army National Guard, and several area restaurants and real estate firms.

"We originally thought of it as being for teens looking for summer jobs, but many more people showed up," said Noss. "This is the first time we have hosted a job fair, but we are thinking of repeating it because we had a nice turnout."

The credit union originally was founded Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Employees.

Noss said it gradually added select employee groups over the years, and changed to a community charter in December 2001.

Water & Power Community Credit Union's geographic area includes most of the city of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley.

The goal of the job fair, she said, was to increase the credit union's name recognition.

"We wanted to get our name out there. We are very community minded, and we want to do community outreach," she explained. "We are excited about being a community credit union. We want to do things like this to let members of the community join the credit union and open an account."

Water & Power has 40,000 members and $420 million in assets.

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