Community Inspired by Kindness

ST. HELENS, Ore., December 14, 2021: To recognize local folks whose kindness is inspiring, InRoads Credit Union asked its members and those throughout the community to nominate inspirational individuals. Many community members were nominated for their kindness to others and impact in the community. Three inspired winners won a special all-local prize basket packed with goodies from local businesses. Winners included Mitch Yen-Kastoff, Suzie Dahl, and Karen Van Winkle.

“We received a lot of inspirational stories from throughout the community,” stated InRoads Credit Union President/CEO, Brooke Van Vleet. “It’s been a true inspiration to learn about and get to know these incredible individuals.”

INspired was the credit union’s way of recognizing those spreading kindness and who go above and beyond, including volunteerism, leadership, or simply sharing their talents with others to make a difference in the community.

Of the many entries, one of the winners was Mitch Yen-Kastoff, who is a local teacher. He has inspired and encouraged many teens to finish high school. Suzie Dahl, another winner, is a lifelong Columbia County resident whose work for the county as well as volunteerism has made a big difference in many lives. Finally, Karen Van Winkle was chosen as an INspired winner. She not only wears plenty of different hats in her real estate career, she is also a tireless volunteer with 4-H and her church.

InRoads Credit Union plans to ask for more INspired stories in the coming years.

InRoads Credit Union ( is proud to be a not-for-profit, community-focused, member-owned financial cooperative that’s open to anyone who lives, works, attends school, volunteers, or worships in Columbia, Clatsop, Cowlitz, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Membership is also available to those with immediate family who are existing InRoads members, including a spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, or sibling.