America First Credit Union, Riverdale, Utah, announced the creation of a new employee volunteer service program called “The Greater Good.” The new service arm has been created with the mission of providing more projects for the specific benefit of the many communities where it operates and employees live. Historically, America First members and employees have served numerous community, education and charitable causes, such as: Warm the Soles of Kids, 100% for Kids Education Foundation, financial counseling, Reality Town, community assistance funding, and school sponsorships. These causes will continue to receive necessary support from America First. Now, through The Greater Good, America First employees are organized within 11 geographic community service areas and directed by the volunteer program administrator. Each employee team is led by a service area captain and assisted by task leaders for quarterly projects to benefit the community.
American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Philadelphia, recently had its “Green Team” partner with the Maritime Charter Academy, Fox Chase Elementary School and East Norriton Middle School for the “Bring Your Own Bag” project. The goal of the project, which was sponsored by American Heritage and Conservingnow.com, was to make children more aware of the effects plastic bags have on the environment. This is the second year of the project and involves schools located near American Heritage branches. The children participated in a month-long project that enlisted their families to bring their own bag to supermarkets and stores and discouraged the use of plastic bags. It is the hope that through early education, positive lifelong habits are created and the students become the catalysts for change in their families and communities. Each winning class received a $100 gift card for Becker’s Teacher Store and all participants were treated to a pizza party.