Some Nashville-area children are speeding around on two wheels thanks to the mechanical skills of credit union lenders.
Thirty-eight conference attendees bought and assembled 15 bikes Sunday morning before the CUNA Lending Council Conference in Nashville officially kicked off. They gave the bikes to kids from The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.
The volunteer opportunity offered attendees the chance to reach out to the community they're visiting.
“We’ve been blessed,” says Bruce Taylor, vice president of consumer lending at Collins Community Credit Union in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “It’s our obligation to give back to others.”
CUNA Councils, the conference organizer, includes a volunteer event during its conferences to give back to the conference host city, says Mike London, senior vice president of lending at Georgia United Credit Union and vice chair of the council’s executive committee.
“As far as the people helping people philosophy, this is a way for credit unions to give back to the community,” he says.
The kids were treated to an ice cream social before they were surprised with their new bicycles on stage during the opening ceremonies of the conference.
It took about an hour to build the bikes. While seeing the finished product was satisfying, the real reward would come later in the day.
“I can’t wait to see the kids’ faces,” says Tracy Taylor, senior vice president of lending at Linn Area Credit Union in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I think it will be incredible.”
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