Humanitarian Highlight 4.1.21
This is no April Fools' joke. #CreditUnions from all over are making an impact within their local communities, and with the members, they proudly serve on a daily basis! They are truly making an impact on their communities!
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Bellwether Community CU employees donated $1,200 to Families in Transition-New Horizons, which helps families and individuals struggling with homelessness and food insecurity within the greater Manchester area and throughout the state.
A Bowater credit union member has received a $1,000 Pay It Forward prize for her favorite non-profit doing good in the local area, Wild River Retreat. Bowater CU has asked its members to nominate their favorite non-profit, helping people in the counties eligible for credit union memberships. Up to five $1,000 prizes are awarded each year.
The pandemic prevented Dow Chemical Employees' CU from holding their annual donation drive, which helps restock local pantries. This year, in lieu of their donation drive, DCECU purchased items to deliver to local organizations in a “donation blitz” over a period of a few weeks. This pivot allowed the credit union to provide a much-needed boost to a few organizations and would allow for restocks.
Land of Lincoln Credit Union donated $7,000 to several Illinois Police Departments for them to use as they see fit within the local community. The Departments received Visa Gift Cards, and the gift cards will be used at the discretion of the patrolling officers and offered to citizens of the communities they work in as they see a need.
There was a large apartment fire that displaced many residents of the Edgewater Apartments last January in Pierre, South Dakota. Thankfully no casualties, but the fire left severe damage and many residents were left homeless. The credit union starting spreading the word that they would accept household donations, as well as an established account for cash donations at the credit union. The community came together and the donations came pouring in. At the end of the collection, the credit union was able to donate numerous household items and a total of $112,730.26.
Vermont State Employees Credit Union is providing a total of $50,000 to five Vermont non-profits through their member-directed giving program, We Care 2. These donations will help these selected organizations continue to help Vermonters meet their essential needs, focusing on food, shelter and heat, and COVID-19 relief efforts.
Zia Credit Union employees collected $1,045 through the Zia CU Employee Giving Campaign. All of the funds raised were donated to the United Way of Northern New Mexico, an organization that helps fight for health, education, and financial stability.
We also wanted to bring up how we are participating in this year's Credit Union SACTOWN Virtual 5k. The event starts April 10th and ends on the 20th, if you have not signed up now you have until the 19th as a last chance entry date. They are allowing participants to do more than just running, so that's great for those of us who tend to avoid running. Be sure to check out the Sacramento Running Association and remember that 100% of the funds go to benefit the Children Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. Thank you to the California Credit Union League and the Nevada Credit Union League for all you do as well!
Thank you for reading this Humanitarian Highlight! Please check out last week's, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about our products & services through our email or by phone (800) 537-9598.
On a final note, we have started a new feature, the Credit Union Roundup, and we hope you return tomorrow to see what is going on in the Credit Union community.