Michigan Credit Unions, Detroit, are hosting a 75-part marathon event to provide financial education services to the surrounding community. The weeklong initiative, known as Money Smart Week, was started at a kick-off breakfast held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Detroit branch. The educational program, originally created in Chicago in 2002, has expanded to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan and features a Financial Literacy Legislative Challenge in which 48 lawmakers travel to local schools with credit unions to encourage youth involvement.
Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, Clinton Township, Mich., held a blood drive to raise money in support of the American Red Cross and the organization's dedication to helping cancer patients, children with blood disorders, and accident victims. The blood drive is held throughout the year at the credit union's main office to raise money for the Red Cross.
Prospera Credit Union, Appleton, Wis., held its first annual community-wide rummage sale at its north Appleton location. The credit union rented out parking spaces for individuals to use to sell their used or other goods on site. With a prime drive-by location and all the communications done by Prospera, community members were excited by the opportunity. Prospera had 21 sellers sign up for the event. Prospera also had a Goodwill donation truck on site and sold concessions such as brats, hamburgers and hot dogs. Proceeds from the rental space and concessions were donated to the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity-a total of $1,015.
Tower Federal Credit Union, Laurel, Md., held the 38th Annual Cherry Blossom Credit Union Run to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network. Those in attendance, including 25 Tower employees, made possible a donation of nearly $1 million. The credit union itself, which sponsored the event, contributed a $10,000 donation that will aid Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. Other Tower employees participated by volunteering at water stations along the course.
Neighbors Federal Credit Union, Baton Rouge, La., received two prestigious awards at the 2010 Louisiana Credit Union League state convention. Neighbors placed first for outstanding performance in financial literacy and runner-up in the category for social responsibility.
St. Anne's Credit Union, Fall River, Mass., took time to help provide a hot nourishing meal to members of their community at the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen. Liz Carreiro, President Avenue branch manager and an active parishioner of Sacred Heart church, coordinated the event. Employees were asked to volunteer their time to help serve food or hand out non-perishable items at the food pantry. Mrs. Carreiro, along with St. Anne's Credit Union board member Colleen Brady-O'Neil and eight other SACU employees, served a healthy meal to full a cafeteria at the Sacred Heart location.