CUs create awareness by giving back to their communities.
From coast to coast this past holiday season, credit union employees and members donated their time and money to help others, creating awareness of the credit union difference.
Some stories include:
• Arrowhead Credit Union, $826 million in assets, delivered more than 7,200 pounds of food to Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino, Calif., in late November. That’s enough to feed 2,000 people.
“We all focus so much on where we’re going and what dish we’ll be making on Thanksgiving, but some people in our community have nowhere to go and nothing to eat,” says Arrowhead team member Roxanne Herrera.
Also, more than 100 team members fulfilled wishes for neglected children through the Children’s Fund by delivering gift s such as new bikes, games, and even the basics— pajamas and socks.
• First Tech Federal Credit Union, $7 billion in assets, logged 1,770 hours of employee volunteer time during the holidays and provided funds or in-kind donations to 22 nonprofit organizations. One of its initiatives introduced state-of-the art science lab equipment to classrooms in and around San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
“The First Tech family is made up of more than 920 caring people who freely share their time, talent, and passion to make a material difference in the lives of others,” says Greg Mitchell, First Tech’s president/CEO.
• Voyage Federal Credit Union, $76 million in assets, staged a “12 Days of Christmas” celebration that included paying for customers’ transactions at a pharmacy in Sioux Falls, S.D., and shopping for presents for children who posted their wish lists on tags on the “Spirit Tree.”
Voyage Federal funds the program through an annual promotion allowing members to pay $20 to skip a loan payment during November, December, and January to allow some financial breathing room during the hectic holiday season.
• Top Line Federal Credit Union, $352 million in assets, provided hundreds of books and toys to disadvantaged children near Minnesota’s Twin Cities through its Gratitude Tree Holiday Toy Drive.
“Top Line is committed to helping our communities, and a special thanks goes out to our employees and members who were so generous this season,” says Tom Smith, Top Line Federal’s president/CEO.