MidWest Financial Credit Union, Ann Arbor, Mich., donated new shoes to 298 children in the Ann Arbor area through its Shoes That Fit program. MidWest Financial obtained help from the schools in identifying children in need and made sure that every child on the list got a new pair of shoes. Shoes That Fit is a national nonprofit organization started in 1992. Today, more than 770 schools in 31 states participate in the program through partnerships with businesses, colleges and community service groups.
Maine Credit Union League, Westbrook, Maine, raised $375,000 in 2008 through its campaign for ending hunger. Checks were distributed to representatives from credit unions from across the state, who in turn distributed the checks to local food pantries and hunger organizations. Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions' campaign for ending hunger has raised over $3.1 million. All funds raised stay in Maine and go directly to the cause of ending hunger.
Neighbors Credit Union, St. Louis, supported the Friends of Kids with Cancer organization by providing a donation. Employees of the credit union's IT department made the contribution in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another. The Neighbors donation will be used to increase educational, emotional and recreational programs for children undergoing treatment for cancer and blood-related diseases and their families.
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Phoenix, raised $230,000 to benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network at the credit union's 11th annual CMN golf tournament at the Blackstone Country Club in Peoria, Ariz. Desert Schools is the top credit union in the nation for funds raised for the Children's Miracle Network, raising nearly $2 million since 1998. The Desert Schools charity golf tournament is a fundraising event held in conjunction with Desert Schools' business partners.
Greylock Federal Credit Union, Pittsfield, Mass., announced that its annual employee United Way campaigns topped out at more than $70,000. The campaign's three chairs, Dan Dillon and Sherry Van Bramer from Greylock Federal Credit Union and Kathy Chenail from Greylock Insurance Agency, worked to coordinate events that encouraged employee participation. Greylock also donated the services of Relationship Development Officer Dan Dillon and Marketing Services Coordinator Joanne Billow through the community advocate program at the United Way during the campaign fund drive this year. Greylock's corporate donation provided an additional $29,691, including a partnership with Johnson Ford to donate a car raffled off in support of United Way.
Energy Federal Credit Union, Rockville, Md., implemented a skip-a-payment program that allowed borrowers to provide a $30 enrollment fee in lieu of their monthly loan payments. All of the fees collected, $6,720, were donated to the Children's Miracle Network. Energy FCU's donation will go to Children's National Medical Center in Washington. This is the third year in a row EFCU has run this promotion. Total donations to CMN from Energy Federal since 2005 have amounted to $15,745.
Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Bridgewater, N.J., raised $15,000 to benefit Ocean of Love at its annual charity event hosted by the Financial Resources FCU Foundation, which organizes charitable events for the credit union, and sponsored by Diebold Inc. of North Canton, Ohio, and James Toyota Scion of Flemington, N.J. Ocean of Love is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families.
State Employees' Credit Union, Raleigh, N.C., has provided a $200,000 investment via the SECU Foundation to the Mitchell County Courthouse Foundation for renovations to the historic courthouse, making way for the SECU Virtual Learning and Communication Center, which will house a telecommunications and public access computer system. The Mitchell County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the US Department of the Interior. The renovation and restoration process, coordinated by the Mitchell County Courthouse Foundation, is designed to transform the existing property into a place that can serve area citizens while still preserving the building's historic significance.