Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bethpage, N.Y., in conjunction with the Elmont/Franklin Square Rotary Club to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society, collected over 75 bags of much-needed winter coats for Long Island’s needy during the cold winter months. Elmont school district residents, local community businesses and Bethpage Elmont branch employees helped support the coat drive, which took place just outside of Bethpage’s Elmont branch.
Ent Federal Credit Union, Colorado Springs, Colo., donated a service vehicle–previously used as a promotional tool and mobile ATM unit–to Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Peak Vista will use the mobile unit as a means to reach outlying neighborhoods with their many outreach events, extensive enrollment programs and education efforts in low-income areas.
First Capital Federal Credit Union, York, Pa., dropped off more than 75 hats, scarves and mittens to the Children’s Home of York. The cold weather gear was collected during the holidays and placed on ‘Hat & Mitten’ trees located in the lobbies of its branches. First Capital has been donating hats and mittens to the Children’s Home of York for 15 years.
Gerber Federal Credit Union, Fremont, Mich., presented a check for more than $6,000 to the United Way of the Lakeshore, which serves Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties. The credit union’s employees raised more than $4,000 of the money with 91% participation, and Gerber FCU donated a 50% match. Employees who participated in this fundraising event received a certificate for paid time off.
Keesler Federal Credit Union, Biloxi, Miss., and the Armed Forces Financial Network presented $2,000 in prepaid cards to the Keesler AFB Fisher House, which provides a home away from home for families and patients receiving medical care at the Keesler Medical Center. The cards will be distributed to military family members to help with daily living expenses while staying at a Fisher House. This year, $60,250 in cards will be distributed to Fisher Houses worldwide to US service members and their families. Over the past six years, this program has touched over 5,100 people with a total contribution of $250,000.
Mainstreet Credit Union, Lenexa, Kan. has established an educational fund to honor its longtime board member Jack Chalender. The Jack Chalender Legacy Fund recognizes Chalender’s service to the credit union and the community it serves, and his commitment to education. The first grant was awarded to Barbara Novak, a teacher at Antioch Middle School, for the purchase of classroom e-readers to encourage student reading. The credit union will endow the fund over the next five years to establish an annual grant in Chalender’s name to finance educator grants with a preference to middle school projects. The fund will be managed by the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation.
MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, Macon, Ga., Lasseter Store Manager Doyle Crider recently presented a donation to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3. The W.L. O’Cain Lodge #3 of the Fraternal Order of Police conducts several events throughout the year including the Bicycle Safety Helmet/Kids ID Program, “Shop With a Cop” and the delivery of food baskets to needy families around the holidays. This donation was made to sponsor a child to attend Camp Little Shot in Macon.
Missouri Credit Union Association, St. Louis, Mo., is granting $5,000 to help the Missouri Council on Economic Education convert its resource library electronically. Missouri teachers will be able to more easily access personal finance resources and materials for students online due to a grant from the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation. MCEE is a nonprofit organization that provides teachers with personal finance resources and materials for classroom use. The new online system will offer teachers an updated curriculum guide, recommended lessons for tracking competency, customizable charts and graphs and more.
San Francisco Federal Credit Union, San Francisco, recently donated $2,500 and collected over 470 warm clothing items for the Women’s Community Clinic. For the fifth straight year, the credit union held a coat drive throughout the winter months to gather coats and other warm items to benefit the Women’s Community Clinic’s Outreach Program. A total of 473 items, which included coats, jackets, scarves and gloves were donated by credit union members and staff. The Women’s Community Clinic distributed these items to women in need.