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Serving those in need
GCS Credit Union made a $2,000 donation to Twigs, a summer lunch program in Granite City, Ill.

Serving those in need

Credit unions support communities as pandemic restrictions ease.

June 24, 2020

As the nation begins to reopen from coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, credit union continue to assist their communities in recovery efforts.

 

GCS Credit Union, Granite City, Ill., is assisting the community through its Giving CommUNITY Support Project. GCS chose 10 agencies to support. Since the pandemic started, GCS has donated $20,000 to organizations that provide food assistance to families in need.

Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minn., donated 70 tablets to M Health Fairview as part of a statewide challenge called #CUs4U. In this challenge, launched by Hiway Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., credit unions are honoring essential workers and giving back to the community.

Also as part of #CUs4U, Ideal Credit Union, Woodbury, Minn., delivered a check for $1,000 to Aesop’s Table to support its partnership with East Side Elders, a group that provides hot meals to people age 60 and older.

With COVID-19 sidelining the 2020 Long Island Special Olympics, Jovia Financial Credit Union, Westbury, N.Y., is  sponsoring an “at home” competition and training regimen for Special Olympics athletes. As a Silver Partner to the Special Olympics New York, the Long Island credit union is supporting the regional chapter’s efforts to allow athletes to train and compete against one another within the state. The “Sports Season At Home” will serve as a proxy for the recently cancelled competition. Jovia Financial will provide funds to help create the “at home” training and competition components for competitors.

SEFCU, Albany, N.Y., has partnered with News10ABC and iHeartMedia Albany to feed neighbors in need through an online fundraising campaign called “No Neighbor Hungry.” The campaign will raise money to support seven nonprofit organizations in New York’s Capital Region. SEFCU will match individual contributions for the first $100,000 raised.

American Heritage Credit Union, Philadelphia, partnered with 17 credit unions and other partners to raise more than $220,000 for 30,000 medical gowns that will be distributed to healthcare facilities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.



As the nation begins to reopen from coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, credit union continue to assist their communities in recovery efforts.

 

During May, Town & Country Credit Union, Scarborough, Maine, asked for visitors to its Facebook page to highlight a nonprofit in Maine’s Cumberland and York counties. Each day, the credit union randomly selected a nonprofit and made a $100 contribution to the organization. In total, 31 nonprofits shared in contributions totaling  $3,100.

Rivermark Community Credit Union, Beaverton, Ore., is donating $10,000 to the Oregon Food Bank, and is inviting other local businesses to join in this  fundraising effort to address a dramatic increase in need. Rivermark Community’s donation supplements the funds it raised and the 102,000 pounds of food it collected for Oregonians in need during the KGW Great Food Drive in March.

Park Side Credit Union, Whitefish, Mont., donated $10,000 to area food banks and other organizations that support the community with meals, healthy snacks, and food packages. Credit union employees also rolled up their sleeves to help, contributing more than 24 hours of service.

Anaheim Hills, Calif.-based Credit Union of Southern California celebrated Giving Tuesday, May 5, a global day of unity, by donating $230,000 to 20 Whittier area charities and nonprofit organizations. It also donated $100,000 donation to its employee-inspired charity, CU SoCal Helping Hands.

Since Honor Credit Union, Berrien Springs, Mich., announced a relief package in early March, members have saved $366,598 in fees waived, and $491,495 has been disbursed in financial relief loans. The Paycheck Protection Program provided funding for 441 loans, totaling more than $30 million in assistance for small businesses. Honor spent more than $2,000 for team lunches across 24 member centers throughout Michigan to support business members in local communities. Team members received $100 each to support local businesses, totaling $34,000 toward economic giveback.