Humanitarian Highlight 6.10.21
For this week's Humanitarian Highlight, we want to take a look at how CUs have become essential building blocks of their communities. Is your credit union a stand-out when it comes to charity and community? Then hit us up on social media and let's help get the word out on your good works!! From scholarships to local businesses and the most vulnerable let's look at CUs have become essential community building blocks.
Alliance CU held a shred day to raise money for the Texas Boys Ranch. Thanks to their members and community, they were able to raise almost $4,500. Texas Boys Ranch is a foster care and adoption ranch that houses boys and girls in small group homes. The large donation from Alliance CU will be able to feed 21 children for about 6 months.
Alternatives FCU is partnering with Black Hands Universal to help people of color and Indigenous people in their local community to help fund housing or businesses for them. The partnership between the philanthropic organizations was a result of an alignment in their want to help the community. They both want to help those who have not had the same opportunities as others with their finances. AFCU can grant awards to people that make less than the stated amount with a viable business idea as well as matching and encouraging savings accounts. As for the housing program, the partnership wants to be able to award eligible families up to $20,000 to help with purchasing a home. AFCU and BHU are inspiring to see their dedication to helping their communities.
The American Cancer Society Colors of Cancer Metro East fundraiser raised almost $30,000 during the month of April. Many organizations participated in the campaign and each chose a cancer type and the coordinating color that represents it. 1st MidAmerica CU raised over $5,000 for breast cancer. They raised the funds as well as held educational programs to raise awareness for their members and employees. The Fundraiser raised a total of $29,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Member One FCU donated $1000 to feeding Southwest Virginia in honor of their 80th annual meeting. The donation was made in honor of their members. Member One FCU has partnered with Feeding SW Virginia for many years, in fact, they have been able to provide 35,000 meals in the past year. Member One FCU is dedicated to feeding their community and helping fight hunger in their community.
First Financial FCU recognized 49 high school seniors and granted them scholarships to celebrate the Class of 2021. The scholarships totaled $147,000 and over the past 23 years the program has been active, they have gifted over $2.1 million in scholarships. These scholarships have benefited more than 650 graduates since the beginning of the scholarship program. Education is very important to First Financial FCU and they will continue to help these outstanding students in their academic endeavors.
Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation has donated $177,000 in scholarships and grants to graduating class of 2021. Their scholarship program has been effective for the last 19 years and has donated more than $1.7 million to students. Peach State FCU awarded 26 scholarships to members that are continuing their education and 7 student scholarships for incoming college freshmen. They also awarded educational grants to local schools. Peach State FCU values education and continuing it in their community.
Thank you for reading this Humanitarian Highlight! It was great to see CUs contribute to the building blocks of their communities during these challenging times. 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.