Point Loma Credit Union, San Marcos, Calif., hosted students from San Marcos High Schools during its "Job Shadow Day" program. The students got an inside look at how the financial services industry operates. The tour was organized by Palomar College as part of its "Gear Up" outreach.
Delaware Federal Credit Union, Smyrna, Del., participated in the 12th annual "I Love Smyrna School District Day" by offering visitors the opportunity to spin the prize wheel while student ambassador, "Max-A-Million," promoted the importance of financial literacy. Max also gave teachers information on how to obtain free financial workshops for their students, courtesy of the credit union's partnership with ITS. More than 5,000 people came out to show their support and appreciation at the event.
Arizona Central Credit Union, Phoenix, encouraged community outreach by helping St. Mary's Food Bank through Central Cares, its employee volunteer program. The credit union worked in conjunction with the food bank to help reach its goals of preparing food for distribution to those in need within Arizona. The activities were diverse and included sorting vegetables and nonperishable canned goods and gleaning?picking citrus fruit from neighborhood homes.
Atlanta Postal Credit Union, Atlanta, held its annual drawing and coloring competition for members ages four to 14. The contest was divided into two levels?a coloring contest for younger members, the Looney Tunes Savers, and a free-form drawing contest for the older youth, the Future Quest Club members. At both levels, each of the ten winners received a $25 deposit in a primary share savings account. In addition, the winning artwork was professionally framed and matted, complete with a personalized winner's plaque, as a reminder of their outstanding achievement.
Meriwest Credit Union, San Jose, Calif., joined with San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra and over 500 community members in the "Great American Litter Pick Up" at Oak Grove High School in South San Jose. The Great American Litter Pick Up is a national event where civic leaders rally volunteers in neighborhoods all over the country to remove litter and improve the look of their communities. Credit union volunteers went around local streets to pick up the trash from sidewalks, parking lots and flower beds.
MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, Milledgeville, Ga., hosted students from the Early Learning Center. Thirty-five students were given a tour of the lobby, vault and safe deposit boxes. The students were shown how to have their coins counted through a machine and then exchange their receipts for cash or deposit the money into their savings account at the teller line.? At the end of their visit, the students listened to the story of Johnny Appleseed, which coincides with the savings account MidSouth offers to youth age 12 and under.?
Andrews Federal Credit Union, Suitland, Md., served as a sponsor for the first annual dollars and sense expo in Washington. Participants received credit and housing counseling, in addition to budgeting and comprehensive money management assistance. The credit union also partnered with the We Are One Coalition to sponsor the community opportunities fair and participated in the Temple of Praise job and resource fair.
Alliant Credit Union, Chicago, taught financial literacy in local schools. Employees taught classes in Des Plaines, Ill., public schools through a partnership with Operation Hope Inc. Following two weeks of classes at Chippewa Middle School, volunteers completed a similar schedule at Algonquin Middle School.
Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., announced its partnership with the Santa Rosa School District to offer a free 16-hour financial academy for local high school students. Using the high school financial planning program created by the National Endowment for Financial Education, the program includes helpful topics such as budgeting, financial planning, saving and investing, credit and debt management and other life skills related to managing money.
Credit Union of Georgia, Marietta, Ga., announced that Business Development Representative, Jason Blakey, took part in Cobb County's "Principal for a Day" program. Blakey spent the day shadowing Lynne Hutnik, principal at Big Shanty Elementary School, giving him the opportunity to tour the school, visit classrooms, and witness the interaction between administrators and students while also learning about the day to day operations and history of the school.