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Stories that exemplify the movement

Credit unions across the nation are committed to serving their members and communities. They live by the "People Helping People" philosophy and actively participate in charitable activities. See what Corporate Central's members are doing for their communities below.

One Step at a Time

Tomah Area Credit Union's team at the 5k run/walk

Tomah Area Credit Union in Tomah, WI participated in the Tomah Area Cancer Support's 5K Run/Walk. Two of their employees took 3rd place in their age divisions. Congratulations!

Bite of Reality

Co-Op Credit Union employees facilitating a simulation for high school students

Co-op Credit Union in Black River Falls, WI brought a dose of "reality" to Blair-Taylor High School students. Co-op employees facilitated a simulation that gave real-life insight in to financial life after graduation.

We are Fans of Vibrant

Vibrant Credit Union Mortgage Officers volunteered to help Exit Reality in downtown Davenport, IA after flooding occured.

Swing, Batter, Batter Swing

Blackhawk Community Credit Union painting the dugouts

Blackhawk Community Credit Union painted the dugouts at Lamar Park in Milton, WI in honor of Make a Difference Day.

Flood Aid

Glacier Hills Credit Union employees passing check to Fond du Lac Area United Way

After Fond du Lac, WI was hit with torrential rain and flash flooding, Glacier Hills Credit Union in West Bend, WI raised $468 and donated boxes of personal care items to Fond du Lac Area United Way.

A Home-Cooked Meal

PCM employees cooking at St. John's Shelter

PCM Credit Union in Green Bay, WI gathered donations and helped provide meals for 60+ guests at St. John’s Shelter.

Continuing Education

Steven Nothem, President/CEO of Premier Financial Credit Union, awarding students scholarships

Premier Financial Credit Union in New Holstein, WI offers continuing education scholarships for students in their area. This years' recipients were Kyle Loose and Jacob Thiel, students at UW-Green Bay.

National Credit Union Youth Month

The Centsables savings super hero cartoon characters

1st Community Credit Union in Sparta, WI rolled out their new, year-round youth savings program featuring "The Centsables" just in time for National Credit Union Youth Month. Cents123.com offers complete financial literacy resources for kids, teens, and young adults.

Easter Special

North Iowa Community Credit Union in Mason City, IA volunteered with the Community Kitchen of North Iowa handing out Easter eggs as part of their Random Acts of Kindness program.

Credit Unions for Kids

A group of Idaho credit unions, including Simplot Employees Credit Union in Caldwell, ID, teamed up to support Credit Unions for Kids benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their recent donation benefits St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

National Reading Month

Honor Credit Union Employees photographed with group of elementary school kids and children's books

Honor Credit Union in Berrien Springs, MI teamed up with Jonny and Stephanie from 98.3 The Coast to read to local classrooms.

Polar Plunge

Rock Valley Credit Union's Polar Plunge Promotional Banner

Rock Valley Credit Union's team, "FROZEN ROCK SOLID," based out of Loves Park, IL, raised $1,745 for the 2019 Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics.

Outhouse Races

Wildfire Credit Union's team photographed with their outhouse for the Positive Results Downtown Saginaw Outhouse Races

Wildfire Credit Union in Saginaw, MI helped raise money for Positive Results Downtown Saginaw by participating in Positive Results's 6th Annual "Outhouse Race."

CUAid

Andigo Credit Union in Schaumburg, IL donated $3,000 to CUAid. CUAid raises disaster relief donations to support credit union employees, volunteers, and members who suffer losses.

No Paws Left Behind

Marine Credit Union employees holding donations for the humane society

This month, Marine Credit Union in La Crosse, WI collected donations for the Winona Area Humane Society.

From Generation to Generation

Great Lakes Credit Union employees photographed at the TCMI 30th Anniversary Celbration

Great Lakes Credit Union, headquartered in Bannockburn, IL, sponsored the Teen Mother Choices International's (TCMI) 30th Anniversary celebration. TCMI is a non-profit organization that mentors young mothers and provides them with new opportunities for a better life for them and their children.

Soup Extravaganza

UnitedOne Credit Union volunteering with the 19th Annual Soup Extravaganza

UnitedOne Credit Union in Manitowoc, WI volunteered at the 19th Annual Love Bowls Soup Extravaganza, an event to benefit Fresh Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County.

Baby Blankets

Connexus Credit Union employees making blankets

Connexus Credit Union employees in Wausau, WI helped make more than 300 blankets for the babies at the Aspirus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Bowl for Kids' Sake

Simplicity Credit Union bowling teams in superhero costumes

Simplicity Credit Union, and a few credit union colleagues from across Wisconsin, formed three teams to support the 2019 Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser. The event raised $47,000 to support one-to-one youth mentoring.

To the Rescue

Mariah from the Cloverbelt Credit Union Weston office presenting donations to Terri Erickson, Ambulance Assistant Chief

Cloverbelt Credit Union in Wausau, WI happily helped the Hatley Area Fire and Ambulance District replenish some of their supplies. Mariah (right) from the Cloverbelt Credit Union Weston office presented Terri Erickson, Ambulance Assistant Chief, with hot/cold compresses, bandages, bandage rolls, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.

Making a Buzz

Fort Community Credit Union mascot in a bee costume photographed with Special Olympics athletes

Fort Community Credit Union in Fort Atkinson, WI took Buzz the bee, their mascot, to volunteer with Special Olympics. 

Swing, Batter, Batter, Swing

Shoreline Credit Union handing a check to Two Rivers Youth Sports

Shoreline Credit Union in Manitowoc, WI recently awarded a donation of $16,000 to Two Rivers Youth Sports. This donation helps with the construction of a new concession stand, press box, and dugout building at Roncalli High School.

Financial Wellness Programs

WESTconsin Credit Union Employees holding a check for $15,200 to Chippewa Valley Technical College Recipients

WESTconsin Credit Union in Menomonie, WI proudly contributed $15,200 to Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Money Matters Financial Wellness Program.

Credit Unions Helping During the Government Shutdown

During the government shut down, credit unions are helping federal employees in their districts cope with missed paychecks and the resulting financial uncertainty. Below are just a few examples of things our members are doing to assist.

Vibrant Credit Union logo

Vibrant Credit Union in Moline, IL set aside $5 million to help members affected by the partial federal government shutdown. Vibrant offered interest-free loans to cover paychecks for government employees who brought in their last pay stub.

Aventa Credit Union logo

Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, CO offered a bridge loans, loan payment extensions, and credit card payment extensions.

Frankenmuth Credit Union is here to help with job loss extensions

Frankenmuth Credit Union (FCU) in Frankenmuth, MI assisted their members in need during tough times. For any FCU member who lost their job due to their company closing for any reason, and for any government employee who has lost or had their wages withheld due to a government shutdown, Frankenmuth Credit Union offered an interest-only extension on any and all loans the member had with FCU for up to one year. Additional qualifications applied.

Weekend Meals

Hayward Community Credit Union employees after packing meals with the Food Shelf Backpack Program

Hayward Community Credit Union in Hayward, WI helped the Food Shelf Backpack Program by packing 261 weekend meals for those in need.

$500/500-Pounds

Ripco Credit Union food donations

Ripco Credit Union in Rhinelander, WI gathered donations from community members for the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. An anonymous donor helped them match their $500/500-pound goal, which lead to Ripco offering an additional $100 to meet their new 600-pound goal.

Polar Vortex

Cloverbelt Credit Union handing donations to Wausau Warming Center staff

Cloverbelt Credit Union in Wausau, WI donated hand and foot warmers, thermal underwear, snacks, and laundry kits to the Wausau Warming Center and the Wausau Salvation Army.  With the frigid weather, the donations were very much appreciated!

Meeting the Needs of Others

Taylor Credit Union passing a check to the Veterans Office

Each year, Taylor Credit Union in Medford, WI raises funds internally to donate to local charities and causes. This year, the staff donated $300 to the Taylor County Wisconsin Veteran Service Office for unmet needs.

Two Is Better Than One

N.E.W. Credit Union's 391 food product donations for local charities

N.E.W. Credit Union in Oconto Falls, WI combined their Down Under Loan Special with a pledge to donate a food item for every completed loan. They ended up donating 391 food items between four local food pantries: Peshtigo Food Pantry, Bread by the Bay, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and Kingdom Come Food Pantry.

Everyone Wins When Communities Come Together

Glacier Hills Credit Union presenting a check to the West Bend East High School Athletic Department

On December 21, Glacier Hills Credit Union in West Bend, WI took place in a collaborative fundraiser through the West Bend East High School Athletic Department and Port Washington High School benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Red Kettle Campaign

Marine Credit Union ringing bells with the Salvation Army

Marine Credit Union's La Crosse and Onalaska, WI team members rang bells for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

Winter Care Kits

Landmark Credit Union Staff packing up winter care kits for the United Way

Landmark Credit Union in New Berlin, WI helped pack up 300 winter care kits to be distributed to those residing in emergency shelters and families receiving assistance through agency programs of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

Bright Young Dyslexics

Unison Credit Union presenting a check to Bright Young Dyslexics

On December 17, Unison Credit Union in Kaukauna, WI surprised Bright Young Dyslexics with a $1,000 check. Bright Young Dyslexics strives to change the landscape for dyslexic students in Northeast Wisconsin, and across the country.

Making a Child's Dream Come True

Blackhawk Credit Union and the Janesville Police Department posing with presents for children

Blackhawk Community Credit Union and the Janesville Police Department worked together to bring the magic of Christmas to twelve children, who would otherwise go without presents.

Member Loyalty Programs

Educators Member Loyalty Program

Educators Credit Union based out of Racine, WI deposited nearly $3.1 million into more than 103,000 members’ accounts as part of their Loyalty Pay Back program.

Holiday Giving Tree

Evergreen Credit Union's Holiday Giving Tree filled with gifts to donate

Evergreen Credit Union in Neenah, WI donated items to the Neenah Animal Shelter, one of three recipients of their 2018 Holiday Giving Tree. Friendship Place and Harbor House were also giving tree recipients.

Giving Tuesday

Linn Area Credit Union presenting a check to Indian Creek Nature Center

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Linn Area Credit Union in Cedar Rapids, IA chose to support organizations their employees volunteered with throughout the year. For every hour employees volunteered for a nonprofit organization, that organization was entered into a drawing for a chance to receive one of three $500 donations. A total of 61 volunteer hours were entered, and the winning nonprofits were: Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids, Indian Creek Nature Center, and National Motorcycle Museum.

Adopt a Family

Family Tree set up at Honor Credit Union

Honor Credit Union in Gwinn, MI is supporting families in need this holiday season with a Family Tree. In a simple process, community members can grab a tag off the tree and bring back the gift listed to brighten a child's holiday.

Painting Pathways

UnitedOne Credit Union presenting a check to Painting Pathways Clubhouse

UnitedOne Credit Union donated $500 to Painting Pathways Clubhouse Inc. in Manitowoc, WI. Painting Pathways Clubhouse empowers adults with diagnosed mental illness by building community, supporting recovery, and changing lives.

The Great Tutu Challenge

Nebraska Federal Credit Union's President/CEO, Keith Kauffeld, wearing a tutu holding a check

Employees and members of University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union in Lincoln, NE teamed up against breast cancer by raising $708.96. In meeting their fundraising goal, President/CEO, Keith Kauffeld, was challenged to wear a tutu, while employees enjoyed a casual dress day. University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union contributed an additional $500 for a grand total of $1208.96 donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

Rare Breed

BluCurrent Credit Union holding donations

BluCurrent Credit Union in Springfield, Missouri held a donation drive benefiting Rare Breed Youth Services. Rare Breed helps to prevent and end homelessness by providing housing and stabilizing services to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

'Tis the Season

MembersAlliance Credit Union employees with colorful handmade holiday cards

Employees from MembersAlliance Credit Union in Rockford, IL created handmade holiday cards for pediatric hospital patients. The cards will be delivered to SwedishAmerican, Mercyhealth, and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center hospitals.

Give Thanks

Turkey dinner with Park City logo

Park City Credit Union based out of Merrill, WI wanted to help others give thanks this season. Therefore, they are providing 125 turkey dinners to those who might not be able to put dinner on the table otherwise.

Celebrating International Credit Union Day

Oakdale Credit Union's bake sale

Oakdale Credit Union in Oakdale, WI celebrated International Credit Union Day at all three of their branches with drawings to win Green Bay Packers tickets, spin the wheel games to win prizes, and a bake sale with all profits benefitting the Children's Miracle Network.

Inaugural Give Back Day

Employees of Altra Federal Credit Union participating in their Inaugural Give Back Day

Altra Federal Credit Union based out of La Crosse, WI held its inaugural Altra Gives Back Day on October 8, 2018. All Altra offices and member contact center closed as employees participated in a variety of community volunteer activities. Over 275 local employees and over 80 employees nationwide volunteered at more than 30 organizations. Employees taught financial literacy classes, worked in community gardens, assisted at food shelters, aid agencies that help at-risk and special needs children, supported animal shelters, socialized with area seniors, and built homes in their communities.

School Spirit

Indiana Members Credit Union presenting a check to Zionsville Community High School Athletics

Indiana Members Credit Union based out of Indianapolis, IN presented a check for $1,508 to Zionsville Community High School Athletics in Zionsville, IN as part of an ongoing school spirit debit card program.

Run with the Cops

Bull's Eye Credit Union employees participating in Run with the Cops

Bull's Eye Credit Union in Wisconsin Rapids, WI participated in Special Olympics’ Run with the Cops event. The annual event includes a night run, obstacle course, doughnut eating contest, and interactive vehicle exposition. Registration fees and donations benefit Special Olympics athletes.

Cancer Awareness

Vibrant Credit Union employees wearing bright colored shirts to build awarness for cancer

Vibrant Credit Union in Moline, IL is raising cancer awareness in their branches. Staff purchased these shirts with a portion being donated to the Cancer Research Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the immune system's power to conquer all cancers.

Bikes for Boys and Girls

Heartland Credit Union building bikes for the Boys and Girls Club

Heartland Credit Union in Madison, WI donated 13 bikes to the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC). The BGCDC hosts an annual Biking for Bright Futures event that helps to serve over 6,500 kids in their community, equipping them with the tools they need, and enabling them to succeed.

Zoo Pals

Guardian Credit Union presenting check to the Milwaukee County Zoo for $5,000

Guardian Credit Union out of Oak Creek, WI presented a check for $5,000 to Zoo Pass - Zological Society of Milwaukee. The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Boys and Girls Clubs

1st Community Credit Union participating in ribbon cutting ceremony

1st Community Credit Union in Sparta and West Salem, WI participated in a ribbon cutting for the new West Salem Boys & Girls Club facility. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. 1st Community Credit Union donated $10,000 to the project.

United Together

Around 1,000 volunteers from various businesses in and around Sheboygan, WI dedicated a whole day to make the community a better place. Among those businesses were Kohler Credit Union and UnitedOne Credit Union.

Kohler Credit Union at United Way

Employees from Kohler Credit Union in Kohler, WI spent their time volunteering at two United Way locations within their footprint. Staff who volunteered at the United Way of Sheboygan County assisted with various tasks such as painting, landscaping, organizing, and marking official “handicap parking” areas in the lot. Other volunteers spent their day at the United Way of Northern Ozaukee County chopping 33-gallon bags worth of vegetables that are made into soup that will be packaged, frozen, and distributed throughout the year to food pantries throughout Ozaukee County.

backpacks

Employees from UnitedOne Credit Union in Sheboygan, WI volunteered with Kindred Heart Families, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with children in the Wisconsin foster care system to make sure that they have more than just their basic medical and food needs met. Volunteers helped make various goodie bags including: welcome bags, comfort bags, and back to school bags for foster children in Sheboygan county.

Fill the Bus

Taylor Credit Union and People's Choice Credit Union presenting donations with bus in background

Taylor Credit Union and People's Choice Credit Union, both located in Medord, WI, hosted a successful Fill-A-Bus campaign with The United Way. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals donated school supplies that were then distributed to public and private schools in Taylor County to be used by students who may not have been able to get everything on their supply list.

Battling Addiction One Step at a Time

Health Care Credit Union employees at the run/walk

Health Care Credit Union in Oshkosh, WI sponsored the re:TH!NK Addiction Run/Walk to raise community awareness about substance abuse and addiction. Money raised supports local treatment and prevention programs.

Race for the Cure

Ascentra Credit Union presenting a check to Komen QC

Ascentra Credit Union in Davenport, IA presented the Susan G. Komen foundation in the Quad Cities a check for $575. Susan G. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. The money they raised is part of their Casual for a Cause program where staff donate $5 out of their own pockets to dress casual for the day.

#RandomActsOfVerve

Verve, a Credit Union packing up vehicle full of donations

Employees at Verve, a Credit Union, in La Crosse, WI pooled their money together to help the victims of the torrential rains. This is one of their many random acts of kindness they do to help rebuild community.

Stuff the Bus

Soo Co-Op stuff the bus poster

The employees of Soo Co-Op Credit Union came together to “stuff the bus” with school supplies for the United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s Annual Project Backpack Event. Items collected benefit pre-kindergarten to eighth grade students in need in the Chippewa County, MI area.

Play Time Isn't Over

Taylor Credit Union Village Playground

Taylor Credit Union helped raise funds to benefit their local playground in Medford City Park. "Our Village Playground" is an all-inclusive playground for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

30 Years of Service

Denise Hable Brokaw Credit Union

Denise Hable started her career in 1974 working as a part-time teller in a small hometown bank. She credits “Al the banker” and Florence the head cashier for the wide range of financial knowledge she gained. After the birth of her second child in 1983, she took a few years off to raise her children. When her husband decided to go into dairy farming full-time, Denise started working at Brokaw Credit Union. Denise recalls being totally fascinated with the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” She states that she has seen a lot of changes in her career in the financial industry. Regulation and compliance became more cumbersome, but she believes the credit union movement is still vital and important to members. Denise attributes her longevity with Brokaw Credit Union to having a great management team and outstanding co-workers. She has worked as a teller, head teller, member service representative, and currently as an accounting and compliance assistant and oversees the debit and credit card programs. Denise says she enjoys working with the staff at Corporate Central as they are always friendly and helpful.

Painting for a Cause

Dane County Credit Union helping at the Paint-A-Thon Dane County Credit Union Helping at the Paint-A-Thon

Dane County Credit Union in Madison, WI participated in Project Home's 30th Annual Paint-a-Thon. Recipients are often area seniors, veterans, people with disabilities or health issues, and single-parent families who live in Dane County and own their homes.

Brilliant Beginnings

Bitterroot Community Federal Credit Union

Bitterroot Community Federal Credit Union in Darby, MT is helping families establish savings accounts for all children entering kindergarten in their public school system. The Darby Brilliant Beginnings program gives $100 to every participating kindergarten student to open a savings account for their future education.

Flip Flops for Kids

KRD Federal Credit Union's flip flop display

KRD Federal Credit Union in McCook, NE fundraised donations to the Children’s Miracle Network with a flip flop display. Shoes came in a variety of sizes and colors and were sold for $1 per pair.

Community Partners

CoVantage employees receiving the Community Partner Award

Congratulations to CoVantage Credit Union and the CoVantage Cares Foundation in Antigo, WI for receiving the Community Partner Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Wisconsin! They were presented this award on Wednesday, August 15 at their Wausau First Avenue branch.

Leave It Better Than You Found It

Shoreline Credit Union cleaning up a highway

Shoreline Credit Union's Adopt-A-Highway team once again searched for and picked up garbage on a stretch of Hwy. 147, just north of Two Rivers, WI.

School, City, and Credit Union Collaborate to Establish a New Branch

Allegan Credit Union's New Branch

The City of Fennville, MI, Fennville Public Schools, and Allegan Credit Union came together in a unique collaboration to return an in-person financial institution to the town. Allegan has already offered programs to Fennville students to learn the importance of saving money.

Concern for Community

Co-Op Credit Union collecting donations for domestic violence shelters

Co-op Credit Union in Black River Falls, WI celebrated their 80th anniversary by kicking off a one-week-long supply drive for domestic violence shelters and organizations in the region: Bolton Refuge House and New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers. They also committed to donating $1 for each item collected. As a result, Co-op Credit Union is excited to be donating over 520 toiletry, household, clothing, and additional items to the shelters, along with a $500 monetary donation.

Defeat Hunger and Homelessness, and Restore Hope

University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union helping out at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach

University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union helped out at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach. Matt Talbot  serves the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Lincoln, NE working poor and homeless through outreach, advocacy, education, and the provision of food and shelter.

Giving Youth a Chance

Great Lakes Credit Union presenting a check to Give Me A Chance Foundation

Great Lakes Credit Union in Bannockburn, IL donated $2,000 to Bo Jackson's Give Me a Chance Foundation. The foundation inspires deserving youth to become involved in sports by providing an opportunity to train at an elite level while emphasizing a strong commitment to education.

Back to the Basic Necessities 

Altra Federal Credit Union building personal hygiene kits

Altra Federal Credit Union spent their lunch hour building personal hygiene kits for Great Rivers United Way. Kits were given to the New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center and the Family and Children's Center in La Crosse, WI.

DuPage has Your Back, One Backpack at a Time

DuPage Credit Union collected backpacks

DuPage Credit Union in Naperville, IL hosted its 5th annual Drive, Drop, and Donate event and raised over $3,700 to benefit DuPage County students in need. To date, the credit union has surpassed its goal of $10,000 and has raised $12,368 to purchase supplies and backpacks.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Work We Go

Royal Credit Union presenting check to Camp Nawakwa

Royal Credit Union, based out of Eau Claire, WI, dontated $34,000 to the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Camp Nawakwa to provide aid for repair projects. The camp helps provide safe, affordable, and inspiring outdoor experiences for girls all year long.

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