CU Aids Homeless and Hungry
Georgia United CU staff use vacation days for the good of the local community.
Presidents’ Day may be a day off from work for many workers, but for more than 200 employees of Georgia United Credit Union it has become a day to give back to the community.
Since 2010,Georgia United employees have helped thousands of hungry and homeless Georgia residents as part of the $900 million asset institution’s TEAM Day of training and motivation.
That first year, credit union employees donated 2,000 meal or personal care kits. This year Georgia United employees doubled the effort by assembling 2,000 meal kits and 2,000 personal care kits (shown above) to donate to the Gateway Center of Atlanta.
The Gateway Center is Atlanta’s largest homeless services organization and has helped more than 40,000 homeless individuals over the past six years.
Why get involved? “We are a service organization,” Georgia United President/CEO Warren Butler explains. “It made perfect sense to use this opportunity to allow all our employees to take an active role serving others in our community.”
The credit union also is holding a food drive in addition to its annual TEAM Day outreach.
“Reaching Out, Giving Back—Help Georgia United Can Hunger,” encourages all Georgia United branches to collect canned food for local food banks. The goal: collect at least four tons of food—more than 9,000 cans—during the two months following TEAM Day.
Kim Wall, Georgia United’s community development director, says the credit union recently passed its initial goal of four tons of food, and is now aiming for five tons to be collected by April 30.
As an added incentive, all Georgia United members will be entered into a drawing for an iPad with every can they donate.