Arrowhead Credit Union, San Bernardino, Calif., honored Homeless Awareness Month by donating 250 bags with groceries for the homeless. The effort was spearheaded by Doribel Martinez, who works in collections for Arrowhead Credit Union. Martinez’s idea grew to be an organization-wide effort. Arrowhead¹s Riverside Branch manager, Sam Clark, reached out to a local grocery store to have bags donated to collect the food; other team members volunteered to deliver the filled bags to a Mary’s Mercy Center, a local charity.
Christian Community Credit Union’s, San Dimas, Calif., held the first ever Office Olympics in conjunction with the 2012 Summer Olympics and raised $500 for the Special Olympics Southern California. To bring more value and significance to the Office Olympics festivities, employees donated five dollars in exchange for wearing jeans to work. Hosted by the Credit Union’s Social Committee, the day began with an Olympic Breakfast of Champions followed by Opening Ceremonies. Employees competed in two Olympic Games—the Discus Throw and a Water Relay Race. At the Closing Ceremonies, the Social Committee awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the winning teams and individuals.
Coastal Federal Credit Union, Raleigh, N.C., held their first annual Share the Love Community Yard Sale on Nov. 3, which raised over $1,850 for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Coastal partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County in efforts to raise $100,000 for the construction of a new fall 2013 Habitat home The fundraising initiative called “Share the Love” encompasses numerous events throughout the year to raise money, awareness and opportunities for individuals within the community to participate and donate.
Consumers Credit Union, South Haven, Mich., launched its Holiday Food Drive to run through Dec. 15th and has partnered with local food pantries to ensure all donations stay in local areas. This year, Consumers’ fourteen offices in Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan, Lawton, Coldwater, Holland, and South Haven chose to focus their holiday donation efforts on supporting local food banks. All member donations stay local, with offices in the greater Kalamazoo area partnering with the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. In South Haven, contributions will be made to We Care I.N.C., while donations at the Holland offices will go to the Holland Rescue Mission.
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., launched a fund-raising campaign called, “Show Us Ya Got Heart,” at the start of 2012 to support the American Heart Association of Tampa Bay. To date the employees and members of the Credit Union have raised a total of $18,000.00 to assist with local research and treatment programs. Throughout the year, employees at the Grow Financial corporate office and in the branches sponsored a number of activities to raise money, including bake sales, golf tournaments, jeans day passes, and a 50/50 raffle, all leading up to the 2012 Tampa Bay Heart Walk on November 10 at Raymond James Stadium, in which more than 116 employees and members participated.
Industrial Centre Federal Credit Union, Muncie, Ind., has kicked off its annual Christmas Families program again this year. ICFCU has held the Christmas program for over 20 years. This year, ICFCU has chosen to donate to the Secret Families Christmas Charity and the Muncie Fire Department’s Toys for Tots. Secret Families Christmas Charity helps bring Christmas to families in need in East Central Indiana. ICFCU members and community members can visit either branch through November 20th to make a monetary donation to Secret Families or visit either branch through December 7th and make a monetary or toy donation to Toys for Tots. Donations can be dropped off in the lobbies of the credit union at 4501 S Delaware Dr. or 2610 N Wheeling Ave.
Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Bakersfield, Calif., participated in the Children’s Miracle Network’s Miracle Balloon and Miracle Jeans Day campaigns from August through September and raised more than $5, 430, 00. The raised funds are targeted for children’s services at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where Children’s Miracle Network provides comfort and treatment to children suffering from both common childhood afflictions as well as life threatening illnesses. As part of the Miracle Balloon campaign, Kern Schools promoted the very recognizable red and yellow Miracle balloons at all branch locations. For a donation of $1.00 or more, members were able to place a name on a Miracle balloon for display in branch lobbies. Kern Schools team members also showed their support by participating in Miracle Jeans Day, which for a $5.00 donation allowed an individual to wear jeans on a given work day.
Lacamas Community Credit Union, Camas, Wash., is sponsoring its Holiday Dinner Basket Program, which allows members to nominate other members in need—or themselves—to receive a festive holiday food basket for a traditional holiday dinner. The baskets typically contain packaged grocery items such as stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and pumpkin pie filling, along with a gift card to purchase meat, dairy products or produce. Lacamas President/CEO Kathleen Romane created the program in 2008 in response to the recession’s effects. Lacamas accepts online nominations until November 30th. Members interested in submitting nominations can complete the form on the credit union’s web site, www.lacamas.org.
McCoy Federal Credit Union, Orlando, Fla., raised over $30,000 in early November to help prevent, cure and stop diabetes. It was the highest fund raising amount by any first year corporate team for Central Florida. Over 177 McCoy employees with family, friends and a few pets participated in the 5K walk around Lake Baldwin. McCoy Federal Credit Union’s President and CEO Alvin J. Cowans served as the ADA Walk Chair for the 2012 Step-Out Walk. As a main sponsor of the event, McCoy Federal employees held numerous fundraising events throughout the year that included a senior management cook-out, bakery sales, craft sales, raffles, and individual fundraising efforts through the end of November. Collectively, over $250,000 was raised by all teams and individuals–to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease.
Northeast Georgia Chapter of Credit Unions, Athens, Ga., has donated a portion of the proceeds raised from their 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and Athens Regional Medical Center’s Guest House. The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, which received $500, and the Athens Regional Guest House, which received $1,000, are just two of the 11 organizations that will benefit from the Chapter’s support in 2012. The Chapter designates charities in the local counties served by its 19 participating credit unions to receive funds from their annual golf tournament. The Chapter’s charitable contributions for 2012 total $11,000.
Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, South Bend, Ind., partnered with The Christ Child Society of South Bend, to raise funds for the society’s annual Clothe-A-Child campaign. On Nov. 7th Notre Dame FCU’s President and CEO, Tom Gryp, presented The Christ Child Society of South Bend with a check for $12,165. All proceeds go directly toward purchasing new clothing, cold weather attire, and shoes for at-risk area children. Over the past sixteen years, the credit union and its members have contributed over $207,000 to Clothe-A-Child.
St. Anne’s Credit Union, Fall River, Mass., employees came together at Holiday Lanes in Westport to bowl for a good cause. Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts’ annual Bowling Classic is always well received by the employees, and they raised over $800 for the organization this year. In addition to supporting the Bowling Classic every year, St. Anne’s has multiple employees that volunteer their time in local classrooms to teach financial literacy to K-12 students. With more than 65 years of experience, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts offers college and career readiness and entrepreneurship education to more than 4,000 local students. JA empowers students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world, enhancing relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. St. Anne’s hopes to have even more teams to bowl in the upcoming years and will continue to service local schools through Junior Achievement.
Scient Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., formed a team of employee volunteers, family, and friends, and made it their mission to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Credit union employees rallied together and raised over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Harkness Park in Waterford, Conn. Team Scient Federal Credit Union showed up to the walk on October 28 with 27 walkers-all wearing their Scient Federal Credit Union shirts with a pink ribbon and the credit union’s “With you at every phase” tag line-and handed in a check for over $2,000 before participating in the walk.
Trademark Federal Credit Union, Augusta, Maine, recently selected the Augusta Food Bank as the first recipient of the Griffin-Guerrette Charitable Giving Fund. The fund was established in 2012 to recognize the career contributions of Judith A. Griffin and Paul J. Guerrette whose careers spanned four decades with the Credit Union. The fund awards $1,000 in November of each year to one Augusta area non-profit organization serving the human services, social welfare or other charitable needs of the community.