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Credit unions warm hearts during cold winter months
LAFCU staffers present a check to Shari Montgomery of House of Promise, center, in the amount of $6,322.50 from funds raised by LAFCU and its employees. The Giving Committee at LAFCU, Lansing, Mich., organized dress down days, auctions and other events for LAFCU employees to raise funds for benefiting Greater Lansing and Shiawassee County charities.

Warming hearts during winter months

Acts of kindness, community service fulfill people-helping-people philosophy.

February 19, 2020

Credit unions continued to warm hearts during the cold winter months with acts of kindness and gratitude, fulfilling credit union’ people-helping-people philosophy.

Some ways credit unions contributed to their communities:

PSECU

PSECU

PSECU, Harrisburg, Pa., presented the American Heart Association (AHA) with a check for $45,000, representing its annual contribution to the organization’s statewide efforts to fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health, and share life-saving resources.

ORNL Federal Credit Union

ORNL FCU

Each fall, staff at ORNL Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn., join together to raise funds for the United Way. The 2019 campaign theme was “Save the Day with United Way” and employees “came to the rescue” by raising $100,000. Since 2014, ORNL Federal employees have raised more than $500,000 for the United Way.  The campaign was led by internal advocates who brought energy, passion, and inspiration to the fundraising efforts.

LAFCU

LAFCU

After a year of internal fundraising, the Giving Committee at LAFCU, Lansing, Mich., presented nearly $22,000 in donations to three charities: Capital Area United Way, Ele’s Place-Capital Region, and The House of Promise. LAFCU’s Giving Committee organized dress-down days, auctions, and other events for LAFCU employees to raise funds for these organizations.  To support employee efforts, the credit union contributed $5,000.

All In Credit Union

All In Credit Union

Employees and family members of All In Credit Union, Daleville, Ala., volunteered more than 2,260 hours in their communities during 2019—a 60% increase from 2018. As part of the organization’s #WeGiveBack efforts, credit union staff volunteered with 60 organizations during 2019. Volunteer activities included feeding the homeless, educating students, cleaning up communities, and raising money for nonprofit organizations.

Genisys Credit Union

Genisys Credit Union

In 2019, Genisys Credit Union, Auburn Hills, Mich., began a partnership with Herrington Elementary School’s kindergarten and first-grade classes for a four-year Reading Buddy program. The credit union received the Communitas Award for its efforts. The award is an international effort to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals who are unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and who change how they do business to benefit their communities. The Reading Buddy program connects Genisys employees with students to improve their reading skills.



iQ Credit Union

iQ Credit Union

Employees, members, and community partners of iQ Credit Union, Vancouver, Wash., raised $50,000 for OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital as part of iQ’s annual Spirit Week. Each year, iQ employees donate to participate in themed dress-up days such as Tropical Tuesday or Look-alike Friday. iQ also receives strong participation from members and community partners through in-branch and online donations.

Hanscom Federal Credit Union

Hanscom Federal Credit Union

Volunteers from Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., prepared dinner for service members and their families at Fisher House Boston on Feb. 5. Fisher House Boston is located at the VA Boston Healthcare System,  and provides no-cost lodging and logistical support for family members caring for hospitalized U.S. veterans.

Robins Financial Credit Union

Robins Financial Credit Union

Robins Financial Credit Union, Warner Robins, Ga., will again sponsor the entertainment stage at the 2020 Forsythia Festival. The festival is a free, family-fun event featuring arts and crafts, children’s fair, and live entertainment.

Gerber Federal Credit Union

Gerber Federal Credit Union

Gerber Federal Credit Union, Fremont, Mich., presented a check for $50,000 to the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center for its ‘Your History, Our Legacy’ capital campaign.

MAC Federal Credit Union

MAC Federal Credit Union

Volunteers from MAC Federal Credit Union, Fairbanks, Alaska, assembled 100 “Brain Booster” food kits—almost one ton of food—to be distributed to local school children through the Fairbanks Food Bank. MAC Federal partnered with Costco on the initiative. More food kits will be distributed in the coming months.



GCS Credit Union

GCS Credit Union

In 2019, GCS Credit Union, Granite City, Ill., generated nearly 1,000 employee volunteer hours through its Caring for our Community program. GCS employees pledged $16,618 in donations to the United Way, and the GCS board matched the donation. In addition, GCS employees raised more than $11,000 for local charities in 2019 by participating in Jean Days each month.

SAFE Credit Union

SAFE Credit Union

SAFE Credit Union received the No. 1 Credit Union Lender Award for 2019 by the Sacramento District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “This award is a true example of how SAFE Credit Union supports local businesspeople as they seek to grow their companies,” says SAFE Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending Ken Getz. “We serve our 6,000-plus business members in a number of ways, including helping them secure the funding necessary for them to expand their space, add inventory or equipment.”

PenFed Credit Union

In celebration of National Donor Day, the digital team at PenFed Credit Union, Tysons, Va., profiled the poignant meeting of two families affected by organ donation—a meeting PenFed brought to fruition. For these two families in particular, Valentine’s Day reminds them of National Donor Day and of one special heart that will forever bind them together.

Ent Credit Union

Ent Credit Union

For every $25 donation to support the new Summit Complex on Pikes Peak, Ent Credit Union, Colorado Springs, Colo., sent out a digital valentine and entered the donor in a sweepstakes for a chance to win Pikes Peak 14’er Annual Pass.

Tinker Federal Credit Union

Tinker Federal Credit Union

Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) in Oklahoma City returned $119,000 to 1,376 members during 2019 through its Give Back program. It selected members randomly after they used TFCU accounts and services.