American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Philadelphia, supporting local veterans, presenting a check for $5,000 check to the Bucks County Veterans Discount Card Program. The program allows local veterans to receive discounts at select businesses in Bucks and Montgomery counties in appreciation for their service to our country. American Heritage offers a special membership deal for veterans, giving them the opportunity to earn up to $155 by signing up for credit union services such as checking accounts with direct deposit, Independence check cards, online bill pay and e-statements.
Arizona Central Credit Union, Phoenix, employees volunteered for five nonprofit organizations in the metro-Phoenix area. Nearly 200 staffers from the Valley and statewide in Flagstaff, Show Low and Tucson joined forces. Highlights included projects from landscaping, painting, cleaning and organizing donations to reading with kids and volunteering time to benefit at-risk families and individuals. The credit union partnered with ACYR AZ Call-A–Teen, UMOM New Day Centers, Goodwill, St. Vincent DePaul and Native American Connections. Throughout the year, the credit union helps the community through its “Central Cares” initiative designed to partner with local, state and national charities.
Belvoir Federal Credit Union, Woodbridge, Va., in partnership with the Armed Forces Financial Network, donated twenty $50 gift cards to the Fisher House located in Fort Belvoir, Va. To mark the 28th anniversary of AFFN support of the military and their families, Belvoir Federal has taken part in the Thank You Card Program. The gift cards totaling $1,000 show appreciation for military families and their sacrifice. The gift cards were given as active cards and can be used at any of the 1.3 million merchant locations worldwide, accepting AFFN for payment. AFFN is a network that provides the U.S. military community with ready access to their funds through ATM and POS terminals located at or near U.S. military bases worldwide. A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. There are 58 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 21 VA medical centers.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Lowell, Mass., hosted a fundraiser to benefit the We Share a Common Thread Foundation. The foundation was established in 2011 to assist us in providing monetary donations, as well as to accept and distribute contributions, to numerous charities in need of support. The foundation strives to enhance the lives of people in our local neighborhoods by providing assistance with food, shelter, clothing, health and education. Thanks to many generous donors and more than 300 attendees, the credit union raised more than $30,000 that will be used to support numerous worthy local causes, such as assisting patients battling life threatening diseases; stocking local food pantries; sheltering the homeless; helping youths in need; and much more. The evening included music, dancing, refreshments, basket raffles, a silent auction, and an iPad 2 and weekend getaway raffle.
Orion Federal Credit Union, Memphis, Tenn., announced the recent partnership with the Mid-South Food Bank, donating over $1,400 and approximately 600 food items to the local nonprofit. The partnership is part of Orion’s community involvement program, Orion Gives Back, which was launched in January of 2012. Each month, Orion selects a local nonprofit to be the focus of their giving initiative. Their goal is to work with the organizations and to help provide for them and their needs in any way possible while creating a long-lasting partnership. The Mid-South Food Bank serves more than 300 charitable feeding programs in 31 Mid-South counties in West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi. As the only organization in the region to supply food to all qualified charitable organizations, the Mid-South Food Bank supplies millions of pounds of food to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless, abused women and children, rehabilitation programs, daycares for children, elderly and disabled individuals and after-school programs.
Robins Federal Credit Union, Warner Robins, Ga., staff comes together each year to complete a community project in conjunction with the annual employee recognition night event. This year, Robins Federal partnered with The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia to make blankets for children being treated at the hospital. Robins Federal staff prepared over 150 fleece-tie blankets for the patients. Staff who delivered the blankets were allowed to take blankets into patient rooms where the kids picked out their blanket. John Rhea, President/CEO for Robins Federal said he was proud of the staff effort, which provided something special for the children being treated at the hospital.
Service Credit Union, Portsmouth, N.H., continued its annual support of more than eight years to the Pease Greeters program, which welcomes and honors military personnel landing at the Portsmouth International Airport at the Pease Tradeport. Service Credit Union donated $3,000 to the Pease Greeters. Since its inception in 2005, the Pease Greeters have welcomed 460 flights and 100,000 troops no matter what time of the day. The nonprofit organization meets flights coming in from and going out for deployment. The Pease Greeters program welcomes the military in three phases. First, the troops are welcomed by a line of greeters when they exit their flights. Secondly, the troops are supplied with refreshments and thirdly, the greeters conduct a parting ceremony honoring the men and women for their service. Service Credit Union donations allow the organization to provide refreshments to the troops.
TruMark Financial Credit Union, Trevose, Pa., relaxed its dress code and allowed employees to wear jeans in support of Gift of Life Family House, raising $775. An affiliate of Gift of Life Donor Program, the Family House serves patients and caregivers waiting for or undergoing an organ transplant at any of the Philadelphia area’s eight transplant centers. The facility offers temporary, affordable lodging, meals, shuttle service to the hospital and computers with Internet access.
Workers’ Credit Union, Leominster, Mass. has donated $15,000, over three years to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. The Boys & Girls Club’s Lindell Avenue facility, formerly a school, recently received a major renovation, adding a science club for girls, space to design and build robotics, computer labs and indoor and outdoor gardens. “It is a remarkable facility, with even more impressive programming that is sure to transform young people’s lives,” said Doug Petersen, president/CEO of Workers’ Credit Union. “We are grateful for Workers’ donation, which will help us achieve our goal of serving more children in a warm and engaging facility,” said Donata Martin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.