Eagle Community Credit Union, Lake Forest, Calif., partnered with DDJ Myers Advanced Leadership Institute and the CO-OP Network to raise $30,000 for Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Eagle President/CEO Bill Birnie hosted the fundraising effort by creating a program called “The Executive Leadership Series,” attended by executives from 20-plus credit unions. The series consisted of quarterly training sessions. The cost to attend was a $300 donation per session, which went directly to CHOC, and in turn the executives attended a full day of leadership skill building and training with the DDJ Myers Advanced Leadership Institute team. DDJ Myers donated their time and all necessary materials, so nearly 100% of all proceeds went to CHOC. After all four sessions were complete, the grand total for donations came to $15,000. Through the CO-OP Miracle Match program, that figure was doubled to an impressive $30,000 donated to Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
eCO Credit Union, Birmingham, Ala., helped the students of Center Point Elementary School, which suffered extreme damage at the hands of tornado. Approximately 620 students were displaced as a result of the disaster, with Center Point students meeting for classes at Erwin Elementary and Middle Schools. Center Point Elementary School was left with virtually nothing. The students no longer had crayons and pencils to do school work with. Teachers and faculty needed paper just to be able to make copies for the students. After evaluating these needs, eCO Credit Union purchased 68 cases of copier paper, 680 boxes of crayons, 34 cases of facial tissue, along with hand sanitizer wipes, pens and pencils.
Frontier Community Credit Union, Leavenworth, Kan., presented a check for more than $12,700 to representatives from Children’s Miracle Network. Since 1999, the credit union has donated more than $132,000 to the charity. The credit union invited members and staff to make donations to support the annual campaign, and even offered a skip-a-payment incentive to members with Frontier Community Credit Union loans. The donation will remain in the Kansas City area, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised more than $4 billion, most of it one dollar at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of a mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Georgia United Credit Union, Duluth, Ga., had over 200 employees assemble over 2,000 meal kits and 2,000 personal care kits which were donated to the Gateway Center of Atlanta. The Gateway Center is Atlanta’s largest homeless services organization and has helped more than 40,000 homeless individuals over the last six years. Georgia United also used the day to launch Reaching Out, Giving Back—Help Georgia United Can Hunger, a canned food drive encouraging all Georgia United branches to collect canned foods for local food banks in their area. The goal is to collect at least four tons of food (9,000 cans) during a two-month period.
Greater TEXAS Federal Credit Union, Austin, Texas, donated $1,000 to the Eastside Memorial High School Drama Club and Glamour Girls group in Austin to help fund the upcoming Natural Disasters in Fashion production in April. With no funds for the newly created Drama Club, the Eastside Memorial High School relies solely on donations from community members and businesses to fund their programs. The $1,000 donation will be used to assist in buying building supplies for the fashion show’s walkway, which the students will build themselves, provide funds for supplies for lighting and related expenses.
Leominster Credit Union, Leominster, Mass., donated 119 new blankets to area homeless shelters and charities through its participation in the Massachusetts Credit Union League’s Credit Union Community Hope Initiative. The blankets were distributed by LCU employees to several area organizations including Ginny’s, Our Father’s House and the Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network as well as six other organizations in North Central Massachusetts.
Mountain America Credit Union, Salt Lake City, donated a check for $250,000 to The Living Planet Aquarium founder and CEO, Brent Andersen. Mountain America has supported the aquarium since 2004 by sponsoring both the penguin exhibit and the shark tank. This most recent contribution will help build the aquarium’s new 90,000-gallon penguin habitat, which is 10 times larger than the current one. The aquarium’s new penguin habitat will be part of a brand new building, which will be located in Draper along I-15 and is slated to open in the spring of 2013.
NEFCU, Westbury, N.Y., sponsored the Nassau County Dental Society’s Give Kids A Smile event. This annual one-day initiative provides free educational, preventative and restorative dental services to children in need. Hundreds of dental professionals from across Long Island volunteer their time to provide kids in need with services such as screenings, fluoride varnishes and follow-up filings. In addition, the children are educated on preventing the most common chronic childhood disease, dental decay. Nearly 1,700 pre-k to second grade children from various underserved communities in Nassau County received the dental services.
Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Pensacola, Fla., placed decorated donation boxes in all Florida branches. The boxes were placed in the branches to help fund the Dollar for Hope campaign for the Open Arms Children’s Home in Cantonment, Fla. The Dollar for Hope campaign asks people in the Santa Rosa and Escambia County areas to donate a dollar or more to the charity, as well as share the cause with 10 friends in hopes that they, too, will donate. The raised money will help with expenses of Open Arms Children’s Home, including a recently purchased house for the children who live there. Open Arms Children’s Home is a haven for abused, neglected or abandoned children, giving them a new environment in which they can thrive. Alongside Pen Air FCU, Dollar for Hope is also being sponsored by WXBM 102.7 and Soft Rock 94.1, which recorded a live broadcast from the Pen Air FCU corporate office on Feb. 14.
Robins Federal Credit Union, Warner Robins, Ga., became a corporate sponsor of the 2012 March for Babies, the March of Dimes’ annual fundraising walk. The March for Babies was held at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon on April 21. Money raised through this event will fund research and benefit programs that improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. Robins Federal Credit Union has supported the March of Dimes since 2008. Robins also recently pledged $100,000 to the 21st Century Partnership to enhance Middle Georgia’s efforts in preparation for the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. RFCU will donate $50,000 each year to this effort for the next two years. John Rhea, Robins Federal Credit Union president/CEO said the credit union hopes that this effort will not only ensure the continued operation of Robins Air Force Base at present levels of manpower and operation, but will grow the base with new missions and increased workload as a result of potential base realignments elsewhere in the Department of Defense.
San Antonio Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, hosted San Antonio Spurs players and fans to accept donations for the San Antonio Food Bank at its main office. ESPN’s Ari & Minnix of the Zone broadcast live. Spurs Danny Green and James Anderson signed autographs for donors, and Spurs Silver Dancers and the Spurs Coyote entertained the group. Fans lined up at SACU hours before the event, waiting to meet the special guests. More than 200 fans were able to meet and get autographs from Green and Anderson. Fans generously donated nonperishable food items for the food bank, helping to replenish much-needed supplies for the community program.
Southbridge Credit Union, Sturbridge, Mass., had its Community Champions Fund donate $1,000 to Old Sturbridge Village, which recreates the work, family and community life of rural New Englanders from 1790-1840. The Community Champions Fund, now in its 19th year, annually recognizes four area nonprofit organizations whose programs improve life in the communities that SCU serves.