MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (8/6/15)--The credit union mission of community outreach extends far beyond the numbers on a check, Paul Gentile, president/CEO of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, told the Providence Business News in a recent interview.
Gentile’s interview was published less than a month after Rhode Island credit unions held the annual Rhode Island Annual Golf tournament, benefiting Special Olympics Rhode Island. The tourney raised $85,000.
Gentile said the event demonstrated the willingness of the credit unions to “take to the cause” and participate. More than 180 golfers participated in the tournament.
“We don’t just get money for these causes, we go to the events, we’re very close with the leadership of these organizations and a number of our other partnerships that we have,” Gentile said. “We don’t just write a check. When you have that type of engagement the passion grows year-to-year and that’s what has happened here. It’s grown and it’s grown strong.”
Each spring, Rhode Island credit unions hold a bowling charity event with similar participation among credit unions. The event also benefits Special Olympics.
Although the three state credit union associations became one when the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island, Credit League Massachusetts Credit Union League and New Hampshire Credit Union League merged to form the CCUA in 2014, the CCUA still serves different charitable needs in each state, Gentile said.
“In New Hampshire they do incredible work as well with the Make a Wish New Hampshire as their charitable organization,” he said. “In Massachusetts, it’s the Coalition for the Homeless. So it’s three separate causes in three different states.”