CUs Lend a Helping Hand During the Holidays
A look back at some of the holiday memories created by the CU movement this season.
The holidays have come and gone, but credit unions across the country provided holiday cheer that continues well beyond.
Through bake sales, fundraisers, and volunteering, credit unions showcased the credit union difference this year—no doubt enough for Santa to proclaim the movement "nice."
Here's a sampling of the memories the credit union movement created during the holiday season.
Toys for Tots
The staff of Global Credit Union also encouraged donations from members and employees by participating in an internal contest to see which department and branch could generate the most toy donations.
After collecting the total toy count, the winning departments were lending services and special credits.
NEXT: Ventura County CU donates food trees
Ventura County CU donates food trees
Ventura (Calif.) County Credit Union (VCCU) donated canned food for the holidays.
The credit union participated in an event at a shopping center that challenged various businesses to build holiday trees out of donated cans of food.
VCCU, a $625 million asset size credit union, sponsored and built six trees with cans donated by members, staff, and vendors. VCCU collected more than 6,000 cans in order to build those trees.
“We are thrilled with the tremendous response from our members and colleagues,” says Joe Schroeder, VCCU president/CEO and FOOD Share board member. “We had a great time helping out the community, and we’re already planning for next year’s build.”
Following the event the cans of food were distributed to pantries in Ventura County.
NEXT: Michigan CU fills the stockings of the needy
Michigan CU fills the stockings of the needy
American 1 Credit Union held a bake sale prior to Christmas to benefit a local shelter.
The bake sale raised more than $350 to fill 64 Christmas stockings--including 34 for children and 30 for mothers--at the shelter.
The funds filled stockings with piggy banks, lotion, candy, nail polish, and more. Additionally, the bake sale paid for the donation of bath and kitchen towels for general use at the shelter.
The credit union's Brooklyn branch also made and delivered baked goods to the Brooklyn Police and Fire Station on Christmas Eve.
American 1 is a $252 million asset credit union in Jackson, Mich.
NEXT: Genisys CU lights up the community
Genisys CU lights up the community
Genisys Credit Union, a $1.4 billion asset institution in Auburn Hills, Mich., sponsored a local holiday tree lighting ceremony in December at a local township office.
The festive event included Christmas caroling, holiday food and drinks, and Santa’s arrival by fire truck.
More than 300 people attended the annual tree lighting event to see the Township Supervisor present Santa with the key to the Township and to participate in the community sing-a-long.
“The Tree Lighting Ceremony is one of the many wonderful events that Genisys sponsors in Chesterfield Township throughout the year,” says Jackie Buchanan, president/CEO. “It’s a great way for families to celebrate all that the season has to offer.”
The credit union also participated in Lighthouse of Oakland County's Adopt-A-Family program this year.
The Lighthouse Adopt-a-Family program is a long-standing tradition that helps many local low-income families who struggle to afford food and have little to no money to provide the basics such as coats, gloves, blankets or toys.
It also enables Lighthouse to match donors with local families and seniors to fill this void.
NEXT: American Eagle FCU gives to the United Way
American Eagle FCU gives to the United Way
American Eagle Federal Credit Union donated $39,403 to the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s 2012 annual campaign.
As part of American Eagle’s annual giving campaign, 16 credit union employees spent 121 hours painting, landscaping, and installing floor tile at a local shelter during the United Way’s Day of Caring.
The shelter is an emergency homeless shelter for single adult men and women in Middlesex County. Located on the grounds of Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, this shelter can house 30 adults.
American Eagle Federal, located in East Hartford, Conn., has $1.3 billion in assets.
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