The $318 million Belvoir Federal Credit Union in Woodbridge, Va. hosted one week of casual dress in which employees donated $3 per day or $10 for the week for the privilege. Nearly 80 employees at the credit union donated more than $600, which was put toward purchasing school supplies for the Fort Belvoir Elementary School. The donations were used to purchase bag packs, folders, loose leaf paper, tissue boxes, glue, markers, crayons, chalk, erasers, pencils, composition books, rulers, pens, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, scissors, dry erase markers, pencil boxes and articles of clothing for accident days.
The $1.8 billion Municipal Credit Union in New York, N.Y., helped school aged children of underprivileged families start the school year off right. Employees and members collected 30 cartons of schools supplies, enough to fill more than 250 backpacks as part of Operation Backpack. MCU worked with the New York City’s Acacia Network, which provides temporary housing to families in need, to distribute the filled backpacks to needy families.
The $373 million People’s Credit Union of Middletown, R.I., and their employees delivered backpacks filled with school supplies on Aug. 22 to more 100 students from all over Rhode Island. Students who received the backpacks were from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Newport, Reach Out LLC in North Kingstown and Good Neighbor Kitchen in Bristol. Money was raised for the backpacks and supplies through employee dress down days during the summer. The drive was coordinated by People’s Community Enhancement Committee, an employee group that identifies volunteer opportunities and builds relationships with organizations to help meet the needs of the communities the credit union serves.
The $1.4 billion Indiana Members Credit Union in Indianapolis, along with extremely generous members, hosted a successful school supply campaign that provided 4,000 backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged children. Enough funds were raised for IMCU to donate more than 80,000 supplies.
IMCU employees volunteered their time to fill the backpacks at a stuffing party. In partnership with Indy BackPack Attack, the credit union disbursed the 4,000 backpacks during public distribution events on July 27 at 17 branch locations and Arsenal Technical High School. Children were able to receive a free backpack at the events when accompanied by an adult. The credit union said 88% of families in the Indianapolis Public Schools need help with basic school supplies.
Aug. 20, marked the 22nd year of Yakima County, Wash. credit unions helping local students go back to school with necessary supplies in hand. Launched in 1992, “CU Back at School” is an annual joint effort of several Yakima County credit unions, including the $499 million Solarity Credit Union, the $23 million CALCOE Federal Credit Union, the $62 million Lower Valley Credit Union and the $1.8 billion Washington State Employees Credit Union. The organizations pool their funds and purchase -basic supplies like paper, -folders, -pencils, crayons, erasers, glue sticks and rulers for students in need. Volunteers from the participating organizations met at an assembly party Aug. 20. More than 5,000 folders were stuffed, boxed, delivered and donated by members to schools in Granger, Mabton, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wapato, Yakima, Union Gap, Grandview and Highland.
Staff at the $739 million Marine FCU in Jacksonville, N.C., have stepped up to help the family of one of their own – Director Emeritus Bill Hemmingway, whose son, Bruce, was left a quadriplegic by another driver in a traffic accident this spring. Credit union employees bought raffle tickets for one of three vehicle detailing jobs, with the labor provided by the 103,500-member credit union’s senior managers. They raised $670 in the effort and donated the money to the Hemmingway family to help with expenses.