People Helping People: Jan. 18 Shout Outs
Credit Union Association of New York, Albany, N.Y., said five credit unions from the Jamestown Chapter collected toys again this year to help make the holidays a little brighter for area children. Members and employees from Affinity One FCU, Greater Chautauqua FCU, Inner Lakes FCU, Jamestown Area Community FCU, Jamestown Post Office Employees FCU, Southern Chautauqua FCU and the credit unions themselves, collected more than 600 toys this year. The unwrapped gifts were donated to Love Inc. in Jamestown and Union Relief of Westfield at a Jamestown Chapter Toys for Kids dinner in December. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R-Jamestown) was a guest speaker at the festive event. An additional $400 was raised during the event for wrapping paper and other needed items. Love Inc. and Union Relief of Westfield distributed the bounty of toys to children in need over the holidays.
Advance Financial Federal Credit Union, Hammond, Ind., collected and donated 70 presents during the Angel Tree Gift Drive. Staff and members of AFFCU added even more this year as they collected over 300 pounds of food and over $1,000 in monetary donations during their Annual Food Drive, supporting the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
AEA Federal Credit Union, Yuma, Ariz., announced that its goal to award members with over $200,000 in “Instant Cash for Car Loans” before year-end has been successfully reached, triggering AEA’s pledge to write a $10,000 check to one community service organization. Open voting for AEA’s GO Direct Initiative’s $10,000 charity donation officially started on Jan. 1 on the credit union’s Facebook site. Competing for the big check are: Crossroads Mission, Hospice of Yuma and the Yuma Community Food Bank. Nominations for charities have been accepted on AEA’s website at aeafcu.org/initiative for the past four months. The three organization finalists will now compete for the $10,000 donation through an online Facebook voting process.
A truck full of food was one result from American 1 Credit Union’s food drive in Jackson, Mich.
American 1 Credit Union’s Resource Center, Jackson, Mich., which consists of human resources, IT, training, and accounting, held a food drive in conjunction with local Boy Scout Troop 134 and collected over 200 canned goods, bringing the total collected with the Boy Scouts to over 1,700 items.
Cyprus Credit Union, Salt Lake City, Utah, recently presented the Salvation Army with a check for $10,000 to for The Angel Tree Program. The money was donated by credit union and community members to provide clothing, coats, shoes and toys to kids in need this holiday season. Cyprus Credit Union has supported the Angel Tree program for over five years. Each holiday season, Cyprus Credit Union displays trees in 16 branch locations along the Wasatch front. People can choose an Angel from the tree and shop for a child or senior citizen in need. Cyprus also accepts cash donations on behalf of the program. This marks more than $50,000 in donations since Cyprus Credit Union got involved in 2006.
Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union, Lemmon, S.D., and its President/CEO Peter Butterfield announced that the “Bucyrus Disaster Relief Fund” has received in excess of $100,000 to date to aid the victims of the wildfire that destroyed a number of homes in Bucyrus, N.D., on Oct. 17, 2102. The credit union will continue to accept donations from anyone wanting to help the fire victims. In addition, Dakota Plains FCU has established a $50,000 pool of low-interest loans for members who have been affected by the fire. New members will also be eligible for the loans. The maximum loan amount will be $5,000 per household. The APR will be 1.5% to be paid back in 60 months.
GFA Federal Credit Union, Gardner, Mass., recently announced that it had donated a $2,500 sponsorship to the Town of Winchendon’s 250th anniversary celebration. Abby Jenkins, Manager of the Winchendon Branch recently presented the donation to David LaDeau, Committee Chairman and Committee Members Kris Provost and Barbara Lafrennie.
Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, Mich., is the exclusive financial sponsor of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo region’s 2012 sweepstakes in which one lucky winner will receive a vehicle of their choice with a value of up to $30,000. In addition to raising funds which all go back into the community; this sweepstakes also raises awareness for the newly combined Battle Creek and Kalamazoo regions of the United Way. KCFCU employees’ personal pledges totaled $6,894, which the board of KCFCU agreed to match. After adding in the $6,000 sweepstakes sponsorship, the total pledge amounts to a generous $19,788.
Ventura County Credit Union, Ventura, Calif., donated canned food for FOOD Share’s 2012 Can-Tree Challenge. The event was held at The Collection shopping center in Oxnard, where the community gathered to view the trees built out of cans of food donated by various businesses within the community. VCCU sponsored and built six trees with cans donated by members, staff and vendors. VCCU collected more than 6,000 cans in order to build those trees, which were put on display at The Collection for the weekend. In addition to the Can-Tree Challenge, VCCU employees volunteer monthly to sort food at FOOD Share. FOOD Share partnered with The Collection to display more than 50 can-trees around the shopping center. After the event, the cans will be given to FOOD Share to distribute to pantries in Ventura County.
America First Credit Union, Riverdale, Utah, is participating in the 18th annual Warm the Soles of Kids program, fundraiser with the goal of providing new shoes for hundreds of more children than last year. Children in 10 schools and support programs, from Brigham City to Las Vegas, will be receiving early Christmas presents–new shoes–from America First members, employees, and concerned citizens. Teachers, administrators and volunteers have begun to measure the feet of young children and America First employees started a sock drive in addition to gather donations. Warm the Soles of Kids is coordinated by The Greater Good, a quarterly employee volunteer service arm of America First.
Christian Community Credit Union, San Dimas, Calif., Cards that Give to Missions program donated $52,000 for the Launch a Village project in Northern Thailand. In partnership with Integrated Tribal Development Programme, the amount will provide water and sanitation resources, build a school and a health clinic as well as provide micro-enterprise lending. The donation will also help sustain three villages economically by providing agricultural and business training, purchasing a 4-wheel drive truck and facilitating the production and marketing of Arabica coffee. The recent donation filled the Credit Union's pledge set in April 2008 to give a total of $232,500 to the project. To date, Christian Community Credit Union's Cards that Give to Missions program has given over $3 million. The donation comes from interchange income the Credit Union receives from fees merchants pay to card issuers
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 multiservice, interfaith outreach organization serving the North Penn community. The Shepherd’s Shelf is an emergency food pantry serving the North Penn & Indian Valley areas.
NE PA Community Federal Credit Union, Stroudsburg, Pa., presented a check for $2,000 to The Salvation Army in Monroe County. The credit union sold cookbooks for its 50th Anniversary, with the goal of donating the proceeds to The Salvation Army in Monroe County. Members and staff of the credit union provided recipes that were printed in the cookbooks. Credit union members contributed to the cause by purchasing the cookbooks.
OnPoint Community Credit Union, Portland, Ore., has announced a $1,000 donation to the Sellwood-Moreland Library through the Multnomah County Library Foundation. The donation was made to celebrate the opening of OnPoint’s newest branch in the Sellwood neighborhood. The Sellwood-Moreland Library first began as a reading room in 1905 and has been serving Southeast Portland in the current location since 2002.
TruMark FinancialCredit Union, Trevose, Pa., raised funds to support the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, Inc. The credit union raised $760. The Foundation funds research, heightens public awareness of the impact of lupus, and supports people and their families affected by the disease.
Ascend Federal Credit Union, Tullahoma, Tenn., has helped raise more than $30,000 for a Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Nashville. Since 2004 the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been serving Middle Tennessee children as a recognized leader in pediatric care. The nonprofit children’s hospital, which is part of the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals, does not deny children care based on a limited ability to pay. Recently, Ascend joined other Middle Tennessee credit union sponsors for the third annual Credit Unions for Kids Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament. Thirty-four teams participated in the golf tournament that raised $21,878 for Monroe Carell. Ascend also partnered with a Walmart distribution center for the 11th annual Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament. Twenty-six teams helped raise more than $10,000. According to the Children’s Miracle Network Web site, credit unions are the third largest annual corporate contributor to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals behind Walmart and Costco.
Credit Union Executives Society, Madison, Wis., has contributed $5,000 to the Altura Credit Union Foundation, in honor of board member Mark Hawkins, CEO, Altura Credit Union, Riverside, Calif. The Altura Credit Union Foundation offers scholarships to high school seniors in the Riverside County, Calif. area. Hawkins was elected to the CUES’ board in 2003, and recently completed his term. He has served as board chairman from 2007-08. Additionally, he has served as secretary, treasurer, and vice chair during his tenure.
Gesa Credit Union, Richland, Wash., participated in Habitat for Humanity’s I.M.P.A.C.T. Day event in Richland, Washington in November. Habitat for Humanity Tri-Cities hosted ‘Individuals Mobilizing People and Communities Together Day’, a one-day home repair effort targeting low-income, elderly, disabled, and veterans in the community. Gesa sponsored a team of 15 volunteers who helped perform critical repairs to the home of a woman in need. Volunteers assisted with yard cleanup and removed a dead tree that was leaning close to the house, making it unsafe for the elderly homeowner. This is the second time Habitat for Humanity has hosted this event and the second time that Gesa has participated in I.M.P.A.C.T events in the Tri-Cities.
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., launched a fund-raising campaign in early 2012 called, “Show Us Ya Got Heart” to support the American Heart Association (AHA) 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.
Montana Credit Union Network, Helena, Mont., announced that a donation from two Helena credit unions and CTA Architects Engineers based on the number of RBIs earned by the local Brewers baseball team last summer will help Montanans with modest means complete their taxes, save for college, and learn more about making good financial decisions. A partnership between CTA, Helena Community Credit Union and Trico Community Federal Credit Union provided a nearly $1,300 donation to Montana Credit Unions for Community Development, the non-profit arm of the Montana Credit Union Network. The RBI Club was the brainchild of Paul Fetz, general manager of the Helena Brewers. Local businesses agreed to make a monetary donation to a non-profit based on the number of RBIs for the season.
Seasons Federal Credit Union, Middletown, Conn., matched the earnings early in 2011 of a Middletown High School’s security guard who collected loose change in a coffee can for Unified Sports, a program designed to promote an inclusive school environment for students with special needs. It partners these students with regular education students. They play three seasons of sports: soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track in the spring. A check was donated in the amount of $500 and was given to the group to purchase team jackets in the spring. Recently, the security guard raised more funds and again Seasons FCU matched his first $250, bringing his total up to $1,320. A check in the amount was presented to the Unified Sports club at a Middletown High School’s Pep Rally.