Credit Union ONE, Ferndale, Mich., announced that a team of approximately 55 staff and family members walked this year in the 23rd annual Walk for Warmth at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. The Walk for Warmth is an annual event that raises funds and promotes awareness of the emergency needs of low-income people. All funds raised benefit those who face heat-related emergencies during Michigan’s harsh winters. This was the credit union’s sixth year in the walk, and the team continues to grow each year. This year Credit Union ONE, a Heart of Bronze sponsor, contributed close to $1,000 to the Walk for Warmth, which included walker pledges and a corporate donation made on behalf of everyone that walked. In 2012, 405 families and over 1,100 individuals were assisted by the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency with funds from Walk for Warmth, and the need is even greater this year, the credit union said. As always, 100% of all proceeds go back into the community, it added. The goal this year is $180,000 for the walk, and by all indications this will be exceeded, Credit Union ONE said.
Ent Federal Credit Union, Colorado Springs, Colo., launched its annual Care and Share food drive campaign, which included monetary donations, a turkey drive and collection barrels at Ent’s corporate offices and its 27 service centers. Through all the various collection channels, Ent was able to provide 3,770 pounds of food to the local Care and Share and Food Bank of the Rockies programs.
Genisys Credit Union, Auburn Hills, MI, was the premier sponsor for OLHSA’s recent Walk for Warmth event, which was held at Great Lakes Crossing. Additionally, Jackie Buchanan, president/CEO, announced that Genisys will be donating over $30,000 to the cause, which was raised by the hard work of members and her employees. The purpose of OLHSA’s Walk for Warmth is to bring the community together to raise funds and awareness for emergency utility assistance. It is a family friendly walk-a-thon event where 100% of the funds raised are used to warm hearts and heat homes in Oakland County. This year marked the golden anniversary of the event– the 23rd annual Walk for Warmth. Ronald B. Borngesser, OLHSA CEO, said the energy and enthusiasm of the walkers and sponsors is heartwarming and truly makes a difference in the lives of those in need of a helping hand during the cold winter months. In addition to the $30,000 Genisys Credit Union raised for Walk for Warmth, nearly 75 of their employees and families were present at the event.
Honor Credit Union, St. Joseph, Mich., launched a new initiative, Powered By Honor. Its mission is to partner with the community. It is a fund that will act as Honor Credit Union’s charitable arm. Scott McFarland, Honor Credit Union CEO, said the fund will allow for more locally focused community support through one centralized fund. Powered By Honor will fund many of Honor’s current programs, including the high school community commitment scholarships and relay for life. PBH will also fund the many donations made by Honor Credit Union throughout the year to other various organizations. Powered By Honor is funded through a wide range of channels: Honor Credit Union’s employee donations, proceeds from Honor’s Member Perks program, a portion of Honor’s debit and credit card fee income and various fundraising activities.
Lacamas Community Credit Union, Camas, Wash., donated $3,000 to benefit the students of teachers of Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver, which was destroyed by fire recently. The credit union was in the process of raising funds for another school when the fire occurred and its leaders responded with an idea to match funds and donate to Crestline. Lacamas raises funds year-round through sales of See’s Candies and Entertainment Books for its Community Partnership Program, which benefits local groups. In January, the credit union announced its 2013 Community Partnership groups: Fort Vancouver High School, Stevenson-Carson Schools and Lacamas’ Holiday Dinner Basket Program.
St. Mary’s Bank, Manchester, N.H., partnered with the Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, and Trinity High School to raise over 2,400 pounds of nonperishable canned goods and over $700 as a result of the Put Hunger on Ice Food Drive. The drive raised food and funds to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank and people in need in the New Hampshire community. The food drive kicked off with Monarchs players and Trinity High School hockey players combining efforts to collect nonperishable goods at St. Mary’s Bank on Elm Street in Manchester. Monarchs players and Trinity High School teamed up to collect more nonperishable goods at the St. Mary’s Bank location on Hanover Street in Manchester. Trinity and St. Mary’s Bank were on hand collecting goods at the Verizon Wireless Arena for a Monarchs home game. The Monarchs also collected donations at the Trinity High School versus Hanover High School hockey game at Sullivan Arena on the campus Saint Anselm College to close out the food drive.
Texas Trust Credit Union, Mansfield, Texas, and the North Texas Food Bank conducted a survey that found one in two North Texans personally know someone who has relied on a food pantry to keep from going hungry. The survey was conducted to gauge awareness of hunger in North Texas as part of the Together We Feed More campaign, sponsored by Texas Trust, which kicked off on last month. Texas Trust will donate $30,000 to the North Texas Food Bank, which will help feed 90,000 people. The campaign’s goal is to encourage enough donations of food and money to feed another 30,000 people. Texas Trust will raise money and collect nonperishable food through a six-week food drive in Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, and surrounding cities. Texas Trust has partnered with other businesses, retail establishments, and restaurants to collect donations for the Together We Feed More campaign. Monetary donations and food collected will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank, which serves more than 90 food assistance agencies in the communities Texas Trust serves.
Whitefish Credit Union, Whitefish, Mont., for the third year running, has pledged to donate one dollar to local food banks in need for every pound of food collected by its branches during the annual Cash and Cans Food Drive. A local food bank from each of the credit union’s six operating areas will receive both the food collected by Whitefish Credit Union and the credit union’s cash donations based on need. According to the Montana Food Bank Network, food banks and meal programs in the state have received more than one million visits each year since 2010.