MADISON, Wis. (8/14/14)--Crayons, glue, pencils and notebooks are just a few of the many school supplies that credit unions are collecting during annual donation campaigns, and for some educator-based credit unions, it's a project that goes straight to the heart.
Mark Bailey, morning host on San Diego's XETV-TV, interviewed California Coast CU President/CEO Todd Lane about the $1.85 billion-asset credit union's "Drive for Success" program that aims to provide school supplies for the area's 20,000 homeless children. Last year, it reached 4,000 kids; this year the goal is 8,000, Lane told Bailey (Aug. 5).
"They need school supplies like any other kid going to school," Lane said. He noted that the credit union, which is working with the San Diego County Office of Education on the project, was founded by educators 85 years ago. "We're very much involved in the school system here in San Diego," Lane said.
|Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region in Albany and Schenectady, N.Y., received backpacks and school supplies from $1.08 billion-asset Capital Communications FCU, Albany, N.Y. (Capital Communications FCU Photo)|
TTCU The Credit Union, Tulsa, Okla., with $1.4 billion in assets, teamed up with Restore Hope Ministries and KTUL-TV to distribute nearly 1,300 boxes of school supplies in the Tulsa area with its "Project School Supplies." Donita Quesnel, vice president of marketing, told KTUL-TV, "Our roots, our legacy really is in being a credit union for teachers, so anything that we can help further education and help these kids out is great.
"When you think about being that one child in the classroom who walks in and doesn't have the basic supplies that everyone else has, all of a sudden there is an obstacle to learning," she said. "These kids are facing enough challenges. Having the basic equipment shouldn't be one of those challenges."
On Wednesday, the Education Partnership and members, employees and the board of Riverset CU, Pittsburgh, distributed supplies to the Pittsburgh King PreK-8 School, part of the Pittsburgh Public School District (Philadelphia Business Journal Aug. 13). The $122 million-asset credit union began 80 years ago to serve solely the employees of the Pittsburgh Public School System.
Many students go without the most basic of school supplies due to homelessness, poverty or unstable living situations such as an unemployed parent. That's when the credit unions step in with their "people helping people" philosophy.