American Heritage Federal Credit Union is taking a hands-on approach to community service and sharing the credit union philosophy of helping others, including global initiatives.
Bruce Foulke, president/CEO of the $1.3 billion Philadelphia co-op, recently completed a two-week trip to Kenya, where he helped to build a new playground at an orphanage in Busia, Kenya, which is home to more than 120 children, including many whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS, the credit union said.
The Busia Compassionate Centre has been adopted as a project by the World Council of Credit Unions.
American Heritage said it makes an annual donation to the orphanage to cover food costs and the credit union’s board of directors usually visits the facility each year.
This was Foulke's second trip to the orphanage in three years.
"The difference in the kids is incredible," Foulke reported. "They are happy and laughing and engaging. Before, many of them were lethargic and stand-offish."
The credit union employees conduct fundraising activities year-round and to collect donations of medical supplies, school supplies and flip-flops to support the orphanage, the credit union said.
American Heritage’s contributions helped build a new facility, scheduled to open next month that includes expanded dormitories, library, electricity and clean drinking water, which were not available before.