Aggieland Credit Union, College Station, Texas, raised more than $1,600 over the course of 2012 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the credit union’s employee Give Back Days. Give Back Days are a chance for employees to fundraise one day a month by wearing jeans and a maroon ACU polo shirt. With 17 branches across the state of Texas, employees chose a national organization to receive the funds versus splitting it up between individual chapters of the organization in Texas. Credit union members are also welcome to donate to the charity any day of the year and are informed of the fundraiser with Give Back Day signs in each branch lobby. Aggieland Credit Union staff vote every December on the charity they will support for the upcoming year.
Altura Credit Union, Riverside, Calif., continued a holiday tradition last year by raising funds for Riverside County Medical Center’s Pediatrics Units as part of the 23rd annual festival of trees. Fifty local organizations, including Altura, each decorate a Christmas tree that is sold as part of the event, with the proceeds going to the medical center. The five-day event attracts more than 30,000 people each year and is the main fundraising event for the medical center and a major holiday event in the community. Each year about $500,000 is raised with the proceeds used to purchase much-needed equipment for the children’s units, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Child Abuse & Neglect Unit, and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Belvoir Federal Credit Union, Woodbridge, Va., employees contributed over $1,500 to an employee giving fund that provided gifts to those in need last holiday season. The employees of Belvoir Federal have made supporting families in need an annual tradition through the USO’s Adopt-A-Family program, the Fort Belvoir Chaplin, and Operation Sugarplum, provided by Army Community Service. With the donations of credit union employees, Belvoir Federal was able to adopt 10en children from the USO Metropolitan Washington and one military family of four. Those adopted by Belvoir Federal were presented with gifts to help make their holidays a little brighter. Belvoir Federal also donated $300 to the Operation Sugarplum program, which provided eligible families assigned to Fort Belvoir gifts or food cards during the holidays.
Diamond Credit Union, Birdsboro, Pa., branch located in the Reading Hospital hosted a donation drive for the Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital as part of its Diamond Cares initiative. The Rehabilitation Hospital supports individuals who have experienced functional loss or disability as a result of an accident, illness or injury. Through October and November of 2012 the branch collected new and used books, DVD movies, magazines and monetary donations. The supplies will be used to entertain patients during their stay at the hospital. The monetary donations were given as part of a scholarship program and fees for patients’ continuing rehabilitation.
Illinois Credit Union League, Naperville, Ill., and staff provided toys for the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. The toy drive was one of several charitable actions carried out by ICUL in 2012, which included its annual food drive, blood donation drives, monthly jeans-days fundraising and direct financial donations to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the state. The WCPF works closely with the Illinois Department of Family Services to ensure that the neediest children in the state of Illinois receive these gifts. Each year, the foundation provides for approximately 14,000 children.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Lowell, Mass., announce that their members and employees were able to donate hundreds of new, unwrapped toys to this year’s U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves sponsors Toys for Tots to help less fortunate children experience the joys of the holiday season by delivering, through a new toy, a message of hope and inspiration. Since its inception in 1947, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million children.
Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Manhattan Beach, Calif., held its annual holiday food drive distribution event. Over 1,000 local families identified by participating community-based organizations as those in need over the holiday season received a bag of traditional Thanksgiving food items, along with a $75 gift certificate, courtesy of Kinecta Federal Credit Union. This annual event is an opportunity for employees of Kinecta Federal Credit Union and its subsidiary Nix Financial to collaborate with more than 35 nonprofit organizations and churches on a countywide effort to provide temporary relief to needy families. More than $53,000 was raised through member, employee and customer donations.
LBS Financial Credit Union in Lakewood, Calif., and their employees donated hundreds of toys, gifts and basic care items to the children, parents and seniors served by Project Shepherd in Lakewood. The donations were collected during the credit union’s annual holiday breakfast in December. LBS Financial hosts an employee holiday breakfast at an offsite location. The employee holiday breakfast committee selected Project Shepherd for this year’s employee gift donation. About 175 LBS Financial employees attended this year’s breakfast and many brought more than one gift.
NuVision Federal Credit Union, Huntington Beach, Calif., supported many charitable organizations throughout Southern California last holiday season. NuVision branches in Los Angeles and Orange Counties once again served as collection sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. NuVision members and employees donated over 10 bins of new toys to be distributed as gifts to needy children in the community. This was the seventh year NuVision has participated in the Toys for Tots program. NuVision employees also fulfilled the holiday wish lists of a number of local military families last holiday through Spouse2Spouse, a peer support program designed to enhance and empower military spouses. In addition, this week NuVision’s Board of Directors presented checks for $2,500 each to Project Self Sufficiency, a Huntington Beach-based program that assists low-income, single parents in achieving economic independence, and The California Paralyzed Veterans Association, which is dedicated to providing resources to enhance the lives of paralyzed veterans in our community.
Service Credit Union, Portsmouth, N.H., partnered with the United States Marine Corps and WERZ/Clear Channel for the Toys for Tots 10th annual stuff-a-bus event recently at the Fox Run Mall in Newington. As the title sponsor, Service Credit Union delivered $3,000 worth of unwrapped toys on behalf of the credit union during the three-day event. Plus, the credit union held a Toys for Tots campaign at each of its New Hampshire branches, which collected $7,000 worth of toys.
Service Credit Union, Portsmouth, N.H., helped feed thousands for the holiday season. Barbara Roberge, Service Credit Union board of directors chair, presented a check for $15,000 to N.H. Food Bank Executive Director Melanie Gosselin to help keep the shelves well stocked. Service Credit Union has made a donation to the food bank for seven straight years to assist the agency during its critical times of need. The contribution could not have come at better time as New Hampshire Food Bank officials describe this year’s demand for food as one of most severe in years. In addition to the monetary donation, Service Credit Union delivered nonperishable items weighing close to 1,500 pounds that were collected during the credit union’s food for families canned food drive.
Southern Tier Credit Union Alliance, Binghamton, N.Y., donated pet food and supplies to the Broome County Humane Society. Donations were collected at the alliance’s annual holiday dinner. The donations were made in memory of Jack Houseknecht, a senior executive of Visions Federal Credit Union, who passed away Oct. 2, 2012. The Southern Tier Credit Union Alliance is composed of Chen-Del-O FCU, Empower FCU, GHS FCU, Horizons FCU, SEFCU, Sidney FCU, UHS Employees FCU and Visions FCU.