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The Northwest Federal Employees Association (NWFEA or “Associates”) is a nonprofit organization established under IRS paragraph 501(c)(4) to maintain the general welfare and provide specified benefits to all active, retired federal and contract employees whose agency is located in the greater Portland/Vancouver area, including all locations across the Pacific NW, Idaho and Montana. 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

  • USDA Portland

  • Pacific NW Federal Credit Union

  • Paragon Systems

The federal government does not permit fundraising or passing of the hat. To respond to social and welfare concerns, the Associates were formed by employees of the Bonneville Power Administration in 1938.  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 Associates sponsors social and community-outreach projects, sponsoring a neighborhood safe room for first responders, veteran’s and foster children giving trees during the holidays, and quarterly food drives.

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/Vancouver area.

Some highlights of our other programs are: 

  • Member Discounts – Rose Quarter events (Blazers, concerts), Memorial Coliseum events (Winterhawks), PGE Park events (Timbers and Thorns), Portland Center Stage, and Broadway Across America

  • Community Outreach – blood drives, canned food drives, first responder safe room, foster children and veterans holiday giving trees

  • Special Events – craft fair and annual lunch held at BPA headquarters; annual summer picnic and children's holiday roller skating party at Oaks Park

  • BPA Logo Wear – available to everyone

  • Emergency Preparedness kits in conjunction with Simple Safety – available to everyone

  • SCRIP - gift card ordering program.  Gift cards for grocery stores, restaurants, clothing, movies, home improvement, etc. – available to everyone

  • Member Sports Programs – FEGA, Hood to Coast, Portland Marathon, softball, soccer

  • College Scholarship Program (for members’ children)

  • WATTS News and its archives (monthly newsletter)

You can join The Associates at any time on-line by filling out the membership form and paying the $5 annual dues.

If you prefer to join by mail, send a completed form and your dues to:

The Associates
Membership Chair, B-155
905 NE11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

Our organization has been serving its members and community for 80 years and we continue to be a very important part of being a federal employee.

You are welcome to attend the monthly meetings which are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

More Useful Information

Blood Drives

We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected. From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The honor, spirit and resources of the American people comes forth with neighbors helping neighbors in need - during earthquakes, floods, fires, storms - and also for the deeply personal and often quiet disasters that require a gift of blood.

Donate your old Eyeglasses & Hearing-Aids

  • Leave them at any BPA Service Center

  • Send to Associates Center (BPA/B155) by internal BPA mail

  • Mail to: Eyeglasses, PO Box 3621 (B155), Portland, OR 97208-3621

Food Drives - Help restock local food banks. Items used by the Oregon Food Bank and FISH (Friends In Service To Humanity) throughout the year include:

  • Monetary donations are always welcome

  • Personal Care Products

  • Household Supplies
  • Paper Products
  • Canned Goods

Donate New Hygiene Items - examples are: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene items, etc.

  • Any identified blue bucket located in Portland and Vancouver

  • Send to Associates Center (BPA/B155) by internal BPA mail

  • Mail to: Associates/Hygiene Program, PO Box 3621 (B155), Portland, OR 97208-3621

Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer*, YOU can be in charge of Agency/Associates-wide event!

*(Managers may authorize administrative leave for reasonable amounts of time for participating in Associates Activites per HR Directive 410-6-1, Chapter 6 and Appendix F)

The Associates is looking for volunteers.  This can be a resume enhancing opportunity that includes:

  • Chairperson: craft fair, food drives, blood drives, clothing drives, fundraising events, hygiene program, annual picnic, annual lunch, giving trees for foster children and veterans, sports program
  • Communication:  advertise the event with members and social media content
  • Leadership and Team Building: organize your team and plan your event
  • Coordinating:  book dates and spaces, arrange logistics with security and facilities, and coordinate with public affairs
  • Liaison:  provide regular updates to the Board of Directors, attend monthly board meeting, and update members on your event

Meeting Minutes

Archive of minutes from monthly Governor meetings