Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, S.D., completed its annual school supply drive, now in its 13th year. The credit union takes in donations of supplies and monetary donations from local business and individuals to give to students in Rapid City, Box Elder and Black Hawk. This year, the credit union collected 87,000 supplies to donate to 40 area schools. The supplies will fill desks and lockers of more than 4,000 students.
Mountain America Credit Union, Salt Lake City, participated in a "Fill the Bus" event to raise money and collect donations of school supplies for the students of Grantsville Elementary. Fire damaged the school a month and a half ago when teachers had already set up their classrooms with all their supplies. The community volunteered to help paint portable classrooms and gather supplies. Volunteers from Mountain American and Wal-Mart distribution center collected donations and school supplies. A total of $1,500 was raised in supplies and donations.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., collected backpacks for area school children in need. The credit union fills the backpacks with crayons, notebooks and pencils. This year the credit union donated 45 backpacks. Since 2007, the credit union has donated over 300 backpacks for children in New London and Windham counties.
Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Charleston, S.C., announced that its board of directors volunteered at the Lowcountry Food Bank to participate in the "Backpack Buddies" program. Backpack Buddies is a program designed to provide students from low-income families with healthy, nonperishable food items each school weekend. The Lowcounty Food Bank serves 2,300 children attending 40 different schools.
Apple Federal Credit Union, Fairfax, Va., announced that after five weeks of its "Stuff the Bus" program it has delivered hundreds of stuffed backpacks to students in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties. Each backpack was filled with pens, pencils, paper, notebooks and art supplies. This year Apple FCU was able to grow its program beyond serving students in Stafford County to include students in need throughout northern Virginia.
North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Totowa, N.J., worked with the United Way Foundation to support the "Backpacks for Kids" campaign. The campaign provides school supplies to children whose families are not able to afford them. North Jersey FCU purchased 200 new backpacks as well as markers erasers, glue sticks, crayons, notebooks, pens and pencils. The credit union filled the backpacks with the supplies to make sure they would be ready to be shipped to an underserved school chosen by the United Way Foundation. The credit union also encouraged members to make monetary donations to the United Way Foundation.
Heritage Credit Union, Madison, Wis., held a school supply drive to benefit children in need in Madison's north side. The supplies collected were given to Sherman Middle School. Credit union members and staff brought in school supplies to the Shopko Drive branch. The donations included backpacks, notebooks, scissors, folders, makers, pencils and other items.
Unity One Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., held its "Gear Up 4 School" school supply giveaway. The credit union gave away drawstring backpacks full of school supplies to over 500 students. Over 700 people visited the credit union's Forth Worth Stockyards branch for the event. In addition to the backpack and supplies, students and parents enjoyed free food from Dickey's BBQ and visited booths manned by local businesses and organizations. A DJ also played music and kids competed against each other in a Guitar Hero tournament.