Humanitarian Highlight 03.31.22
It's Thursday, and we have put together another #HumanitarianHighlight. This time, we are focusing on how credit unions are coming together to help the children and elderly residents in their communities. It's wonderful to see credit unions assisting all generations.
In tandem with other community donors, Coast Central CU helped raise more than $50,000 for the Humboldt Library Foundation's new “Library at Your Door” program. This will go to purchase a cargo van, which will be used for delivering books and materials to library cardholders who are without transportation. This is a critical step in expanding library services to the most vulnerable Humboldt County residents.
BayPort CU marks today (March 31) as the submission deadline to BayPort Foundation's scholarship program for the upcoming academic year. Helping to provide the financial support their community needs, this $100,000 program consisting of 10 scholarships will enable local students and working adults to attend college. By promoting wellness and education, the foundation has raised $160,000 in its inaugural year.
On St. Patrick's Day, Indiana Members CU sponsored their second annual Shamrock Drop at Westfield High School. The event raised money by selling paper shamrocks, on which names were written and put into balloons, then dropped from a balcony into prize-filled pots. The festivities included a rubber duck “pluck” from a pond and a “Cash Cube” where participants had a chance to catch a “lucky” shamrock and win a prize. The prizes were donated by local businesses. Shamrock sales funds were donated to Westfield Washington Parent University to assist in providing additional educational opportunities for students and teachers.
Southland CU has continued to remain a top sponsor of the Los Alamitos Education Foundation's (LAEF) “Fundraising February for Los Al Kids” campaign at the $10,000 level. Proceeds are currently being raised to help fund the construction of a Wellness Center at Los Alamitos High School. Similar to the middle school “WellSpace” centers, this area will be a comfortable place for students to get support from counselors.
Town & Country FCU employees saw a news story on CBS13 that highlighted students in South Portland living in shelters and struggling to obtain essential school supplies. This prompted them to donate $2,000 to the district. They stated how important it was for them to help the next generation be as successful as they could. According to the district's annual review, one out of 13 students in South Portland schools is housing-vulnerable. There is a plan to make a similar donation in the spring.
OnPoint Community CU and three other organizations awarded grants to the Council on Aging of Central Oregon for their Meals on Wheels program. OnPoint's $5,000 donation showed support for those in need, in the interest of helping the community grow and thrive. Their contribution helped raise the total to $20,500, which will provide over 4,000 meals to homebound seniors living in Central Oregon.
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