Keys Federal Credit Union, Key West, Fla., sponsored the Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament. Tim Saunders, branch manager for the Big Pine Key branch presented a $500 contribution check to Carole Stevens, executive director of Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. The tournament is one of the longest lasting fishing tournaments in the lower keys.
Visions Federal Credit Union, Endicott, N.Y., donated a new electronic marquee at the entrance of the Anderson Center on the campus of Binghamton University. The Anderson Center for the arts is a complex designed to meet the needs of soloists, chamber ensembles, symphonies, dance or large theatrical productions.
Otero Federal Credit Union, Roswell, N.M., donated $7,500 to the Children's Miracle Network. The credit union has been collecting donations for the past year. All six credit union branch locations have self-serve coin machines for member use. A 3% fee is assessed for processing the coins, which is donated to Children's Miracle Network.
South Division Credit Union, Evergreen Park, Ill., supported the National Association of Letter Carriers' 16th stamp out hunger day with a week-long food drive that culminated with the delivery of over 100 pounds of food. NALC hopes to exceed last year's 70.7 million of total pounds of food delivered to community food banks and pantries.
Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union, Miramar, Fla., raised over $67,000 to benefit a number of charitable organizations. The employee-driven team council, the marketing department and board members led employees and members to raise and donate funds for the March of Dimes ($5,556), Women in Distress ($3,080), the American Cancer Society ($2,900), the Multiple Sclerosis Society ($1,600), the Jubilee Center ($1,000) and Big Brothers Big Sisters ($52,900). The fundraising efforts included gift basket and covered parking raffles, onsite vendor sales, bake sales, paid jeans days, the EFFCU swing for the kids golf tournament and direct participation in walks and relays. Eastern Financial also collected donations for Food for the Poor to provide aid for the hungry in Haiti.
MIT Federal Credit Union, Cambridge, Mass., built personalized home d?(C)cor items to help the beneficiaries of Habitat for Humanity homes in St. Tammany West Parish, La. West Parish is located 30 miles north of New Orleans and over 5,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The items were presented to the new homeowners during a special key presentation ceremony when the families moved in. In addition to the home d?(C)cor items, MIT FCU also made a financial investment in Habitat for Humanity-St. Tammany West to help achieve its goal of building hundreds of homes for hurricane victims in the first five years following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and eliminating substandard housing in St. Tammany West Parish by 2025.
United Educational Credit Union, Battle Creek, Mich., named Lincoln Elementary School the recipient of a Bright Ideas Partnership program grant in the amount of $500. Cathy Glei, a second grade teacher at Lincoln, applied for the grant to fund the purchase of classic and contemporary literature to incorporate into their reading workshop block. The project will incorporate leveled books and materials. Students and their families were involved in selecting literature that interests them and is at their reading level. The Bright Ideas Partnership program helps great educational ideas and projects become reality through financial assistance.
Ent Federal Credit Union, Colorado Springs, Colo., collected over 200 used cell phones for TESSA, a local agency that offers a wide variety of prevention, intervention and treatment services to women and children who are the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. TESSA reprograms old cell phones for their clients so that women in need have a means to call 911 in an emergency situation.