Credit Union of Georgia, Woodstock, Ga., collected food, clothing, toys and monetary donations for three local families. The credit union staff collected and purchased more than $1,000 in items that included new outfits, pajamas, shoes, toys, books and food items for each family.
California Agribusiness Credit Union, Buena Park, Calif., participated in Buena Park Police Departments' annual adopt a family program. Credit union staff adopted Lila Galindo and her four boys, ages four to 12. Staff donated a $400 VISA gift card, a $100 Starter Brothers grocery store gift card, a Nintendo DS, a box of groceries and a toy for each child.
Healthcare Associates Credit Union, Naperville, Ill., delivered toys and supplies for children to its member hospitals as part of share-a-smile. The idea for the share-a-smile project came from a loan department employee. The entire credit union staff participated in the project. More than 70% of the credit union employees had the opportunity to shop for and deliver the toys. Five area hospitals provided lists of items most needed, specifically focusing on pediatric wards and toys for children.
Atlanta Postal Credit Union, Atlanta, gathered donations of nonperishable food and personal care items for the Helping Hands Food Pantry. Helping Hands provides temporary emergency help to the unemployed, underemployed, elderly and single parents. In November, the pantry's stock was stolen, which left them hard-pressed to serve the needs of the community. Atlanta Postal staff members collected canned soup, chili, meats and tuna and dry goods to help replenish the items that were stolen. Employees also collected personal care items to rebuild the personal care kits that were also reported missing.
Providence Health System Federal Credit Union, Portland, Ore., donated and delivered Nintendo Wii gaming systems to three Providence ElderPlaces. ElderPlace is a program of health care and social services for older adults to help keep them healthy. The program provides primary and specialty medical care, a day health program, social work services, rehabilitation and housing. The credit union also donated an additional controller and a large pack of batteries.
Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Bridgewater, N.J., raised $1,200 for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey during a Candy Gram Sale. Employees and board members ordered Candy Grams from the credit unions' motivation and innovation committee to be delivered to other credit union employees for $1 each. Also, the credit union participated in the annual Jersey Cares coat drive. Financial Resources employees have collected and delivered hundreds of winter coats to Community Food Bank of New Jersey over the past three years. Employees also adopted a local family and provided them with boxes of donated items and gift certificates to a department store and food store.
NASA Federal Credit Union, Collington, Md., collected more than 2,100 pounds of nonperishable food and donated almost $2,000 to the Children's Miracle Network. Members and staff from the credit union at every branch location donated the food items to charities within their local area. The credit union also donated $1 from every gift card it sold to the Children's Miracle Network. The proceeds from the 1,993 gift cards sold will go to local children's hospitals in the network.
Numerica Credit Union, Spokane, Wash. donated $7,000 for KREM 2 (CBS) annual food drive. The two-day event raised food and money donations for 2nd Harvest Food Bank. The drive collected over 9,300 meals and raised $88,000. Numerica has been a major sponsor of the event for three years and collected online donations through its Web site.
First Capital Federal Credit Union, York, Pa., held a silent auction to benefit the homeless. Items to bid on were donated by sponsor companies and other local businesses. Participants bid on items such as a garment bag, a CPR Teddy Bear from CPR-Now and two gift certificates to the Culinary Institute's student-run restaurant and Artistic Foods Catering. Overall, First Capital raised $867 to donate to York's Helping Hand for the Homeless.