NAPERVILLE, Ill. (12/27/13)--The Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) wrapped up its 2013 community service year by providing toys for the Humanitarian Service Project (HSP).
HSP provides 150 impoverished families with three weeks' worth of groceries, frozen meats, fresh produce and gifts for children. The toy drive was one of many charitable contributions made by the league this year.
"This continued to be a year of great need for many people, said Dan Plauda, ICUL president/ chief executive director. "Rather than sending out holiday greetings, the Illinois Credit Union System, for the fifth year in a row chose on behalf of its member credit unions to coordinate, organize, and participate in these activities. We feel blessed to have been able to give back to our communities."
This summer, the league conducted its fifth annual summer food drive, which benefited the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Naperville, Ill.
Also this year, ICUL staff provided 36 units of blood for Heartland Blood Centers, an independent not-for-profit blood center serving 38 hospitals in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Under a volunteer donor system, Heartland works toward collecting more than 200,000 units of blood annually from the community.
ICUL staff also raised funds through monthly "Jeans Days." More than $3,200 was donated to local and national social service organizations, including Down Syndrome Awareness/Chicagoland Buddy Walk, a cancer-fighting fund for a local first-grade student, the American Red Cross, autism, Chromosome 18 Registry, ALS Association, Habitat for Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.
The league also provided financial support to food pantries, soup kitchens, disaster relief and other community organizations throughout the state with donations totaling $5,000.