Carter Federal Credit Union, Springhill, La., held its third annual St. Jude hamburger fundraiser at the Springhill Wal-Mart in August. Carter Federal employees served $5 hamburger meals, which included chips, dessert and a drink. More than $2,000 was collected at this event and donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Connex Credit Union, Wallingford, Conn., recently donated $344 to Pond Hill School Parent Teacher Organization. The money for this donation, which is planned to go toward playground renovation, came from the fees collected by a coin cashing machine in the Connex Wallingford Branch. Connex charges a 5% fee to members and a 7% fee to nonmembers and donates the money collected to caring organizations in the community. Pond Hill PTO supports the school by sponsoring at-home reading programs, school enrichment programs, cultural programs, family fun nights, book fairs and assistance for classroom needs, including library, music and physical education.
Dow Chemical Employees' Credit Union, Midland, Mich., recently raised $355 for United Way of Midland County. For the one-day fundraiser in August, participating employees each donated money, which entitled them to wear blue jeans and tennis shoes to work that day. United Way of Midland County and its 28 agency partners monitor and address community needs with specialized programs.
EECU Credit Union, Jackson, Miss., announced that its quarterly Forward Thinking Partnership Program grants have been awarded to two area schools. Vandercook Lake Public Schools received $1,500 to help fund their district-wide aggression prevention and antibullying program. Additionally, Pittsford Area Schools was the recipient of a $400 sponsorship to help support and improve technology in Spanish classes throughout the district.
Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, Duluth, Ga., helped raise more than $60,000 for Children's Miracle Network at the recent Greater Atlanta Credit Union Chapter's eighth annual bowl-a-thon. The fundraiser, held at Suburban Lanes Bowling Alley in Decatur, Ga., was orchestrated by a committee of credit union employees and was supported by 38 sponsors. The funds raised from the tournament will benefit the Marcus Autism Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading centers in the Southeast for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The funds in 2010 will be used support CMN's ability to diagnose, treat and care for children with autism in Georgia and the Southeast.
Indiana Members Credit Union, Indianapolis, distributed school uniforms to 525 students at James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School. IMCU raised more than $14,000 through its fundraising event, "Stylin' for Success", which took place in February at Conseco Fieldhouse, to purchase these uniforms. IMCU employees volunteered their time on Aug. 10 to dispense the uniforms to the students. In addition, students were able to register for their classes, enjoyed free ice cream and also received a pair of free shoes from Samaritan's Feet.
Northwest Federal Credit Union, Herndon, Va., supported the Children's Miracle Network in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run by providing runners, volunteers and $6,500. Gerrianne Burks, president/CEO of NWFCU and chairman of the NWFCU Foundation board; Linda Rogus, NWFCU Foundation executive director; and other NWFCU executive staff presented the $6,500 check to reigning 2010 Miss America Caressa Cameron, National Goodwill Ambassador for CMN. The NWFCU Foundation was one many credit unions who supported the CMN by collecting donations and Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run race entry fees, raising over $923,000 to directly benefit children's hospitals nationwide.
Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Spokane, Wash., sponsored Greater Spokane Inc.'s annual meeting. Normally when STCU sponsors an event, it places giveaways at each place setting, but in tough economic times, the credit union thought it was more meaningful to make donations to worthy causes. Cards were placed at each setting that directed attendees to vote for their favorite local charity. Those votes were tallied and STCU notified officials at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Second Harvest Food Bank that they would receive $1,000 each.
Workers' Credit Union, Fitchburg, Mass., has raised and received pledges of $45,300 for the United Way of North Central Massachusetts' Community Impact Fund. The 14-branch credit union kicked off its annual campaign drive about six weeks ago, according to Michelle Losurdo, equity loan underwriter, who is the captain of the fundraising committee. Each year, nearly all 200 employees participate to raise money for 38 programs that United Way funds in the areas of education, income and health.