Humanitarian Highlight 3.10.22
It's Thursday, and we have put together another #HumanitarianHighlight, as we find credit unions providing warmth & care to their communities with donations of food, money, and even blankets. Without further ado, let's get to the humanitarians and Credit Unions providing warmth & care.
Education First FCU awarded over $57,000 to 133 local schools in the Southeast Texas region. This was raised by credit union member donations to the “We're Paying It Forward” program for the seventh year in a row, to help support education in the community. When a member takes out a loan, the credit union donates to the school of their choice. Since EFFCU was founded by teachers, the credit union's dedication to educators is evident with this program.
Depending upon when you read this, there might still be time to contribute to the “Make a Blanket Day Drive-Thru” event hosted by SCV Project Linus and Logix FCU. This biannual event has gone on for quite a while now, and they have collected and delivered more than 17,012 blankets. These blankets provide support to the community, as they are distributed to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or in other serious needs where such comforts can help soothe and protect them.
Suffolk FCU is helping take care of local veterans, as they donated almost 1,000 pairs of warm socks and over $1,000 to the United Veterans Beacon House. SFCU has many charitable outlets it supports, and the “Socks from Suffolk” is a great way to keep local veterans in need during the cold winters. The United Veterans Beacon House is helping more than 800 veterans and their families, who are always thankful for such donations.
1st MidAmerica CU has hosted an annual charity golf tournament since 2013, and the recent event raised $24,000 for the Madison County Child Advocacy Center (CAC). To help raise the funds, employees at 1st MidAmerica participate in a program on the last Friday and Saturday of each month, where they can wear jeans and a “CU in the Community” t-shirt to work by making a $5 donation. The CAC is a helpful resource for the families and children of Madison and Bond Counties who come forward with abuse allegations. Last year they helped 486 children get forensic interviews and they provided supportive services to more than 1,700 clients in the community.
In late 2023, there will be a new riverfront Ottawa YMCA. Financial Plus CU was very helpful in raising funds toward the $7 million goal for the construction by donating $150,000 toward the cause. In view of the many resources that the YMCA can offer a community, this will be a welcome sight for many seniors and teens, as well as those who take advantage of the fact that they are the largest provider of childcare in the area.
Greylock FCU granted $10,000 to the Community Health Programs' Great Barrington campus, to help with the construction of a new refrigeration and distribution space for CHP Family Services' nutrition programs. CHP has witnessed firsthand how Covid-19 dramatically increased the number of families in need of food assistance, and GFCU's donation will help improve these vital services to the community.
2022 has just begun, and yet so much has taken place. These credit unions have contributed so much in time, money, and other resources to improve their communities, and there is surely much more going on with all the credit unions across America. We had the cuna GAC event recently, and it was a great success! We are looking forward to the next big event!
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