TAMPA, Fla. (4/22/15)--People helping people? Try people helping Mother Earth. Nationwide, credit unions and their members are doing their part today to celebrate Earth Day.
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Grow Financial FCU, Tampa, Fla., for example, is giving away free eastern red cedar tree saplings all day to anyone who visits any of its 22 branches.
Those who take home trees will be encouraged to plant them in their own yards, or to contact a local tree organization for recommendations on where to plant them throughout the community.
"Grow Financial is committed to participating in activities that show our appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet and our commitment to combating environmental pollution," said Bob Fisher, president/CEO of Grow Financial, which is partnering with the Tampa Bay Times to put on the event.
In Lafayette, Ind., Purdue FCU is donating trees for another tree-planting event in honor of Earth Day. The trees will be planted outside Greenbush Cemetery to make the setting more inviting (Lafayette Journal & Courier April 19).
In addition to planting new trees, some credit unions are taking steps to preserve them by ramping up campaigns to encourage members to opt for eStatements.
"Save trees by signing up for eStatements!" said KALSEE CU, Kalamazoo, Mich., on its website.
"eStatements are secure (housed within your online banking account) and available before paper statements would arrive by mail," said Sunmark FCU, Latham, N.Y., on its site.
Credit unions are also helping maximize the life of those trees that already find themselves in paper form.
Dow Chemical Employees CU, like many other credit unions nationwide, is hosting a paper shred day for its members today.
The Midland, Mich.-based credit union also will donate $5 to the Little Forks Conservancy for every member who switches from paper statements to eStatements throughout Earth Day week.
"(Our) staff members wanted to celebrate Earth Day in a way that benefited both members and the environment," said Dennis Hanson, Dow Chemical president/CEO. "We understand that it's often hard to dispose of documents, given the sensitivity of personal information. Members can finish up their spring cleaning and join us as we shred and recycle documents in a very safe and secure fashion."