More than 20 credit union professionals from six Kansas credit unions and the Kansas Credit Union Association recently traded their business suits for T-shirts and jeans to work on community improvement projects in Wichita and Topeka.
They participated in the first annual CUnext Day of Service coordinated by the CUnext Young Professionals Council, a group of young credit union professionals.
“Our CUnexters wanted to get out and do something in the community that would benefit both the young professional’s group, as well as someone in need,” said Travis Colibert, a branch manager for the $213 million Mid American Credit Union in Wichita and who serves on the CUnext Leadership Committee.
“We wanted to illustrate that the philosophy of ‘people helping people’ is important to credit unions, and that we live it both inside and outside the credit union world,” Colibert said.
Employees from Wichita-based credit unions, including the $18.4 million Medical Community CU, the $889 million Meritrust CU and Mid American CU, painted exterior trim and doors, hung windows and installed a roof on a Habitat for Humanity house.
In Topeka, the group packed 453 boxes of food for seniors in northeast Kansas through Harvesters Community Food Network. Participating credit unions included the $186 million Educational Credit Union and the $273 million Quest Credit Union, both of Topeka, as well as the $63 million Kansas State University Federal Credit Union in Manhattan.
Colibert said he was pleased with the turnout and is hoping to plan future events.
In addition to organizing community service events, the CUnext Young Professionals Council participates in advocacy training and provides an opportunity for young professionals with networking and educational opportunities.
The Topeka group boxed hundreds of boxes of food for seniors at Harvesters Community Food Network.