Welcome back to another #HumanitarianHighlight! We hope you all had an amazing and low stress week. We have some amazing CUs who went above and beyond to make a change.
Thinkwise FCU Held a donation drive for A.T.L.A.S. (Access To Learning for All Students), an organization that helps SBCUSD students who are in the foster care system and who are homeless. The CU gathered three-foot box full of socks and undergarments, while also donating $500.
Gerber FCU Presented a $14,254.74 check to Lakeshore Newaygo County. “Our incredible employees raised $9,503.16 for the United Way,” said John Buckley, CEO of Gerber FCU. “Adding the Gerber FCU 50% company match, we contributed $14,254.74 to the United Way of the Lakeshore and designated agencies!”
Ohio University CU Donated a total of $30,000 to a few charitable organizations. $10,000 each to Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio, and to Southeast Ohio Youth Mentoring (formerly Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeast Ohio). Another $10,000 donation was divided into $5,000 each for the Ohio Credit Union Foundation and the National Credit Union Foundation.
Ascend FCU In November, Ascend FCU made an announcement that they are in a new partnership with Second Harvest Food Back of Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest's mission is supply a hot, healthy meal to those who are hungry. Ascend donated $5,000 to their new partnership, "I am so proud of our membership for the tremendous effort they made to feed hungry people in Middle Tennessee,” Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel said. “I believe this is another example of the cooperative spirit and ‘People Helping People’ philosophy of credit unions. I am also thankful that our Board of Directors pursued a partnership that enables Ascend to give back in such a tangible and meaningful way.”
Maine CU League Presented the Good Shepard Food Bank a $33,000 check to help support their statewide youth program at the George J. Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville. The Good Shepherd Food Bank donates goods to the school’s food pantry in a mission to help eliminate hunger in Maine.
Associated CU Donated $5,000 to The Good Shepard Clinic in Dawson County. The clinic staff are and doctors are all volunteers who want to help provide free medical, dental, vision, and support for those in need. Additionally, $15,000 were donated to the Norcross Co-Op to help provide assistance to homeless families and families that have low income in the Gwinnett County.
American Heritage FCU Donated $20,000 to St. Mary Medical Center which will go towards a new CareStation for their NICU, and will directly support the St. Mary's staff and families that visit.
Electro Savings CU Collected toys and blankets at their annual holiday party on December 8th and donated them to the Alissa’s Hope organization and their PawPaw’s Kids toy drive. “These toys will be brought to Children’s Hospital for the kids who are unable to be home for the holidays,” says Alissa Nicks, Founder of Alissa’s Hope. “Thank you all for helping to brighten the Season for these families and putting smiles on tiny faces. We sincerely appreciate your continued support!” Alissa’s Hope is currently raising money to distribute grants to local programs and hospitals that support cancer patients in the St. Louis area. Alissa’s Hope prides itself on making personal connections at local hospitals to find out their needs. Learn more about this amazing charity at https://www.alissashope.com/.