Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., has awarded $16,100 to nine local community groups as part of its third-quarter funding. Grant recipients included the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, Noank-Mystic Community Band, New London Youth Affairs, New London Community Orchestra, Thames River Family Program, Martin House Inc., Thread City Development Inc. and the Eastern Connecticut Ballet. Since the inception of the Community Giving Program in 2009, Charter Oak has given more than $500,000 to local community and non-profit groups.
Citadel Federal Credit Union, Exton, Pa., recently presented the Chester County Food Bank with a $10,000 donation. The donation benefits the Weekend Food Backpack program and the Raised Bed Gardens program. A team of Citadel employees also volunteered at the Chester County Food Bank packing backpacks and boxes and sorted nonperishable items to be distributed across the county.
Diamond Credit Union, Pottstown, Pa., announced that 10 Diamond employees volunteered at Shady Hollow Assisted Riding in Birdsboro, Pa. Shady Hollow is a nonprofit organization that provides a supportive equine environment where individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges can experience therapeutic, social and educational rewards. The volunteers helped to sand and varnish stall doors and wood in the barn with the help of supplies donated by local Lowes stores.
Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union, St Louis, donated school supplies to students of Our Lady of Guadalupe School and Christ Light of the Nations School located in North St. Louis County. Staff members presented the students with over 1,300 school supply items at separate ceremonies held at each school.
Kauai Community FCU, Kauai, Hawaii, held the 13th annual Kauai Community FCU Charity Golf Tournament at the Puakea Golf Course. The credit union raised $35,000 for pediatric programs and services on Kauai through the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network Credit Unions for Kids program. Since its inception, this annual event has raised over $240,000.
Kern Schools Federal Credit Union in Bakersfield, Calif., recently completed its Raise the Roof promotion, a two-week long campaign prior to the beginning of the school year. All full-service branches served as drop-off locations for public contributions. Numerous supplies including backpacks, notebooks, binders, rulers, markers, glue sticks and everything in between were collected. In addition to the supplies, monetary donations were also collected in order for more materials to be purchased. The items from the campaign were donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County for distribution.
Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, Los Angeles, Calif., has donated $1,000 to CUAid.coop, the online disaster relief system that raises money for credit union employees and members on the East Coast to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. LAFCU is collecting Hurricane Sandy donations from members and employees in their branches during November. All of the LAFCU donations received by CUAid will go directly to credit union disaster relief in the affected areas.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union, Chalfont, Pa., raised $25,000 for Manna on Main Street and The Shepherd’s Shelf. Each charity received half of the 13th Annual MSDFCU Charity Cow Plop proceeds. Manna on Main St. is a multi-service, interfaith outreach organization serving the North Penn community. The Shepherd’s Shelf is an emergency food pantry serving the North Penn and Indian Valley areas.
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, East Lansing, Mich., raised $30,634 for the Capital Area Humane Society, a private, nonprofit organization serving people and their pets in Mid-Michigan. MSUFCU raised the funds through employee donations and fundraisers.
Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Pensacola, Fla., will have drop-off locations at their Escambia and Santa Rosa counties branches for nonperishable food items. All donations acquired will be taken to the Manna Food Pantries in Pensacola for the Thanksgiving holiday. Donations will be collected in the branches Nov. 5 through Nov. 27.
Royal Credit Union, Eau Claire, Wis., recently confirmed its commitment to help fund the Community Arts Center, part of the Confluence Project, located in Eau Claire across the river from the RCU Corporate Center. This partnership will construct a new public Community Arts Center, with a private commercial/retail complex and UWEC student housing at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in downtown Eau Claire. The gift from RCU will be paid over five years and will be used to help build the Community Arts Center, including naming rights of the 450-seat theater.
St. Mary’s Bank, Manchester, N.H., recently gave $2,800 to the Holy Cross Family Learning Center to help upgrade the technology in their classrooms. The funds went to purchasing five computers to help adults with job searching, resume writing, English literacy skills, as well as other skill building activities. The center gives adults in need a place to learn English, time to converse with each other as well as time to learn to write in English.
Service Credit Union, Landstuhl, Germany, along with the Armed Forces Financial Network, recently presented a total contribution of $4,000 to help military families with their stay at the Landstuhl Fisher House in Landstuhl, Germany. The $4,000 donation will go toward with daily living expenses of the military while staying at the Fisher House. The contribution consisted of $2,000 from Service Credit Union as well as a $2,000 matching donation from the Armed Forces Financial Network. The Fisher House provides a home away from home for families and patients receiving medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Whatcom Educational Credit Union’s, Bellingham, Wash., recently announced that their Social Responsibility Committee, made $31,200 in donations in October 2012 to organizations that include the Whatcom Humane Society, Whatcom Humane Society, Animals as Natural Therapy and the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation. The Social Responsibility Committee oversees WECU®’s monetary donations. The committee supports education, health and community-related projects, actively seeking those that address acute community concerns such as violence, homelessness and drug abuse.