CUNA and its system partners are working hard to make the 2017 Governmental Affairs Conference’s (GAC) giveback event a huge success.
Attendees are asked to bring items for a donation drive in support of Bright Beginnings, a nationally accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families in Washington, D.C.
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle was inspired to create the 2017 giveback event after it was suggested by Matt Helms, vice president of human resources and training at Corporate America Family Credit Union in Elgin, Ill., during the 2016 GAC town hall meeting.
Helms and Corporate America are setting a great example. The credit union will match employee donations up to $25.
Employees can receive a casual day if they donate at least $5 worth of items. Additionally, Corporate America is donating $2,500 to Bright Beginnings.
“It’s great to feel the amazing spirit of generosity and cooperation among CUNA, the leagues, and America’s credit unions, especially as the GAC approaches,” Helms told CUNA News. “It’s such a special time for all of us to show what good we can do when we come together.”
CUNA employees are also including the giveback program on their shopping list and ordering items online.
Orders can be placed through orders through online retailers like Target, Amazon, and Costco.
Among the items needed:
The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) has promoted the event in its newsletter, The Memo. Also, CUAD President/CEO Jeff Olson has offered to ship any donations so its member credit unions don’t have to transport items on the plane to Washington, D.C.
“We were pleased to see that this year’s GAC event included a charitable aspect,” Olson says. “Give-back events like these are nothing new to our members, who are always very generous at our local events. Since all of our attendees have to travel to the GAC by air, we wanted to make it as easy on them as possible to donate to this worthy cause as well. That is why we offered to ship their donations for them--all they have to do is get their items to our office or to any of our staff members.”
CUNA News will highlight the efforts of leagues that engage their members in participating in the event.
Items can be dropped off during GAC at the Washington Convention Center Exhibit Hall. Attendees unable to bring an item can also make a donation to Bright Beginnings on its website on behalf of America’s Credit Unions.
Taking place Feb. 26-March 2, CUNA GAC is the largest advocacy event in the credit union movement, a venue for attendees to meet with representatives to discuss credit union issues.
CUNA GAC also hosts keynote sessions from leaders in business, media and politics and an expansive vendor showcase.