Humanitarian Highlight 9/17/20: Giving Back
It's that time of the week again...Happy #HumanitarianHighlight day! We are so proud of the credit union community reps who have been out making peoples' days and giving back to their beloved neighborhoods! Here are just a few credit unions who have continued to show their support for the students, teachers, and community as a whole. Let us know what you think and please tag us if you come across any credit unions who have done their part to create a better environment within their communities! You are all appreciated.
Harford County Schools received a donation of 6,000 face masks for teachers and staff for the upcoming school year thanks to Freedom Federal Credit Union. They also donated dozens of no-contact thermometers for use in every school building and office. Even though the school year will start off virtually, the hope is to bring students and staff back into the classroom after the first semester.
Living out Blue’s ‘Do Good’ spirit, Blue FCU partnered with nine community-centric non-profits to turn the $100,000 from Blue FCU and $100,000 from Blue Foundation into over half a million dollars by letting the non-profits' own fundraising efforts be matched. Amazing job, BFCU!
After being heavily damaged in a severe storm a few months ago, the Straits Area Federal Credit Union has been helping the Bishop Baraga Catholic School with their fundraising efforts, and will be matching $5,000. “We are very grateful for all the donations that we have gotten, and it just shows when something happens in the community we pull together and help,” said Cindy Harrison, President & CEO of Straits Area Federal Credit Union. The credit union is also taking book donations to help rebuild the library completely damaged in the storm.
FAST Federal Credit Union is stepping up in a big way by donating $20,000 to small businesses in Kings County. FAST Federal Credit Union will be donating $20,000 to those small businesses. Paula Lehn, CEO, said she wanted to do something to help during these trying times.
Grasslands Federal Credit Union has donated more than $25,000 to help local non-profits with funds generated from processing fees tied to the federal Paycheck Protection Program. “Non-profits have been hit hard during COVID-19 due to the cancelation of fundraisers and annual events that typically fund their mission’s efforts,” said Emily Guldborg, manager and CEO of Grasslands FCU. “With the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’ in mind, we wanted to do our part to bridge the gap and give back to the communities that have long supported us. We hope to inspire other members of the community to continue reaching out to help one another during this critical time.”
As part of the credit union's initial response to COVID-19, Direct Federal rewarded and recognized selfless, hardworking, and compassionate individuals throughout Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. During a time of increased financial hardship, the credit union wanted to spread kindness by setting aside $10,000 for deserving individuals. The credit union selected 23 winners and were so moved by one of the nominators, they rewarded her as well. In total, Direct Federal distributed $11,000. The nominators of each winner assisted in the coordination of surprise presentations during the months of June and July.
Pelican State Credit Union granted a total of $15,000 to college-bound high school graduates in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements and community service efforts. 2020 marks the 13th year the credit union has been investing in the future leaders of its local communities through its Team Pelican Scholarship Program. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 were awarded to one member from each of Pelican’s 11 branch parishes, as well as one out-of-state member and a relative of a Pelican team member. The credit union also awarded two $1,000 awards designed for students who excelled in areas outside of their scholastic accomplishments.