Humanitarian Highlight 7.15.21
This week, our focus for Humanitarian Highlight is on credit unions giving to an important cause: our future. Indeed, this week's focus is on credit unions that are focusing on the future generation. Nothing is more important than investing in the people who will inherit the world we live in. Such as: aid programs for sick children, college scholarships for outstanding youth, or even therapy and protection for the young people who just need a little help. Whatever the cause might be, here are quite a few credit unions keeping the most vulnerable in mind.
Using a good old-fashioned concession stand, Black Hills Federal credit union managed to raise $1,000 in money to be donated to the Front Porch Coalition. This nonprofit group focuses on suicide prevention and mental health, providing interventive mental care as well as preventive materials and counseling.
Texas Trust Credit Union raised $1,250 for SafeHaven, a nonprofit organization that provides protective shelter and food to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The organization houses over 146 people, half of whom are children. As part of the event, the credit union also donated necessities such as personal hygiene products.
A fun and special fundraiser was used to raise over $1,750 towards the needs of Marshfield Children's Hospital and the Child Life program. The fundraiser, appropriately named “Pie in the Face,” allowed donors to contribute to a good cause and also get the opportunity to fund a gigantic pie that splattered David Murphy, the president of the Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union. The donation was composed of $752.82 collected funds, as well as a personal donation of $500 from the president and the credit union itself.
With over $10,500 in scholarships awarded annually, PrimeWay Federal Credit Union has a history of supporting higher education. This year, they added a $1,500 art scholarship to their scholarship initiative, in the interest of supporting aspiring students in the Houston area.
Atlantic Federal Credit Union offered a sizeable college scholarship to members who were graduating high school seniors. To qualify, they simply had to apply with a written essay, a reference letter from a teacher or counselor, a resume (with community service provided) and their school transcript. The Atlantic Scholarship Committee reviewed and compared all submissions and chose a winner, as well as four additional winners. The winner received a $10,000 scholarship, whereas each following students won $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 respectively.
Blue Federal Credit Union proudly announced that a company event to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation raised a total of $10,090. The event was a fundraiser where eighteen employees agreed to shave their heads in support of St. Baldrick's foundation, which researches curing cancer in children. The donation amount was collected from individual donations, as well as a company initiative to donate $100 for every company employee who committed to shaving their head.
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union raised over $48,000 for the REACH Studio Art Center and Capital Area United Way, and also donated supplies to the facility. The REACH Studio Art Center serves the community through afterschool programs, which MSU Federal Credit Union has helped fund.
For four years, this credit union's “Team Up for Schools” organization has raised over $234,000 for schools in the communities they serve. This was done through a combination of individual donations and a fantastic promotion where any members who use a high school-themed debit card would have 5 cents donated by InRoads Credit Union.
Providing for the future education and health of young adults and children is beyond a noble goal: it is a necessary one for the strength of our country. These credit unions, as well as many others we've featured before in #HumanitarianHighlight, realize this truth and are doing their part to help.
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