Credit unions joined the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Committee and RealClearPolitics Thursday to break ground on a “leave behind” project for the upcoming DNC. The project is a Health and Wellness Garden at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center.
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) President/CEO Patrick Conway both helped kick off of the project. They were also joined by the Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee; Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; CHOP President/CEO Madeline Bell; and Carl Cannon, Washington bureau chief of RealClearPolitics.
“National convention leave-behind projects are part of what makes the credit union difference so special and unique,” Nussle said. “Credit unions live by the philosophy of people helping people. That’s why we’ve dedicated our time and energy into leaving a long-lasting impact on communities like Philadelphia that have hosted conventions since 2000.”
PCUA is spearheading the $300,000 fundraising effort to cover the costs of the project and is working with credit unions around Pennsylvania and nationwide.
“Credit unions from this region and beyond have been strong supporters of the Children’s Miracle Network,” Conway said. “The Democratic National Convention shines the perfect spotlight on the great work that credit unions do cooperatively in their communities.”
Construction will unfold over the spring and summer, and will include volunteer opportunities for credit union employees, convention staff and those in the community. A ribbon-cutting event is planned for the week of the convention, which will be held July 25-28.
CUNA, the Ohio Credit Union League and RealClearPolitics kicked off construction on a therapeutic garden in March, site of the Republican National Convention. That project is at the UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, which will host the Republican convention July 18-21.