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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.

Supplying the community food shelters is a great way to give during the pandemic.

WESTconsin's March Food Drive flyer

WESTconsin Credit Union’s employees, members, and community worked together to raised over $1,400 and collected 280 non-perishable food items during their March food drive.

Small gestures make a big impact.

Hospital staff lined up to receive pizza from credit union employees

Ascentra Credit Union in Iowa threw a surprise pizza party for local health professionals. Way to spread some cheer to the heroes working on the front lines!

Not all heroes wear capes.

Wolverine Credit Union's CEO, Nick Montie, on the cover of National Volunteer Week

Wolverine State Credit Union’s CEO, Nick Montie, was featured on the cover of the National Volunteer Week’s news insert. The photo shows him volunteering with their local Feed the Need pop-up food pantry.

Good deeds travel far.

First Community Credit Union holding a check for $500

First Community Credit union in Beloit, WI raised $500 for Beloit Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels provides daily nutritious meals to the homebound elderly, ill, and disabled.

Royal Credit Union donates $40,000 to community organization.

Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, WI made a $40,000 donation to support organizations in their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds were directed to several community foundations and non-profit organizations including:

  • Clark County Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Chippewa County
  • Community Foundation of Dunn County
  • Eau Claire Community Foundation
  • Edina Community Foundation
  • Rice Lake Community Health Foundation
  • St. Croix Valley Foundation
  • St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation
  • 360 Communities
  • Together Chippewa Valley 
  • The Open Door - The Mobile Pantry
  • Youth Service Bureau

Wow! Thank you, Royal!

Credit union leaders show appreciation for front-line staff.

Credit union CEOs cheering on their front-line staff

Leaders at Abri Credit Union in Joliet, IL and Dane County Credit Union in Madison, WI demonstrate their appreciation for their dedicated front-line staff by cheering them on from a safe distance. Thank you to all our front-line workers!

The term "ice-breaker" takes a new meaning.

Landmark Credit Union at Special Olympics Wisconsin's Polar Plunge

The "Landmark Ice Augers" team from Landmark Credit Union braved the frigid temperatures and took the Special Olympics Wisconsin's Polar Plunge raising over $1,700!

Credit unions take home the gold when it comes to social responsibility and community service.

Riverfork Federal Credit Union receiving award from CUNA's President/CEO Jim Nussle

Riverfork Federal Credit Union in North Dakota was awarded first place for CUNA's Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility and Community Service Award. This award recognizes credit unions for social responsibility projects within the community.

A month-long fundraiser aids children in hospitals.

Fond du Lac Credit Union with a check for $3,145 to Children's Miracle Network

Fond du Lac Credit Union raised over $3,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Thank you for promoting small businesses!

Governmental Employees Credit Union provided a takeout guide to the La Crosse, WI area to help small businesses

Governmental Employees Credit Union (G.E.C.U.), among other credit unions are supporting small businesses in their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. GECU, in La Crosse, WI, created a takeout guide to support restaurants in the area.

The motto of "people helping people" has never rang more true.

Credit unions who are providing resources to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic

Credit unions who are providing resources to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic

We are in awe of the creative ways, both small and large, our members have stepped up to help their members and the communities they serve. From "skip a payment" offers, low-rate personal loans, virtual story times, and suggestions to keep the kids (and adults) busy, to supporting hard-hit, local businesses, your commitment to your members is an inspiration. Social media channels are flooded with examples. We have highlighted a few stories above. Keep up the great work credit unions!


Verve, a Credit Union paying for stranger's gas at the pump

Staff from Verve, a Credit Union's Onalaska branch visited the local Kwik Trip last week to surprise people by paying for their gas.

Kindness goes a long way.

Decatur Earthmover employees handing out flowers at a local mall

Decatur Earthmover Credit Union decided to spread some random acts of kindness by passing out flowers at their local mall. What a sweet way to make another's day a little brighter.

TruStone Financial is warming hearts in cold weather.

TruStone Financial Credit Union with a check of $8137 for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union employees in Plymouth, MN raised over $8,000 for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in 2019. Read the full story.

Marine Credit Union supports those who kept us safe.

Marine Credit Union staff holding a check for Salute the Troops

Marine Credit Union's Fond du Lac - Rees St. team raised funds for the Salute the Troops, Inc., an organization that provides counseling, financial support, educational courses, and a wide range of Veteran support to those in need.

Credit unions are all about teamwork and giving back.

Credit unions from southern Wisconsin volunteered together at the River Food Pantry

Volunteers from Summit Credit Union, Heritage Credit Union, Dane County Credit Union, Heartland Credit Union, and our own Mark Volz donated their time at the The River Food Pantry located in Madison, WI.

NorthRidge Community Credit Union is making a splash in their community!

NorthRidge Community Credit Union employees holding fundraising signs

NorthRidge Community Credit Union donated $1,730 to help build an all inclusive splash pad in the City of Aurora, MN.

There's an artist in everyone.

Trona Valley Federal Credit Union employees painting ceramics for Bowls for Caring

Trona Valley Federal Credit Union recently organized an art making fundraiser. Artists gathered together to decorate ceramics for Bowls for Caring and donated the proceeds to their local YWCA.

National Random Acts of Kindness Day brings us all together.

Ripco Credit Union holding a check donation to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

Ripco Credit Union staff and members collected pantry staples and raised funds for the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. They are truly living the people helping people philosophy.

You're never too old to receive a Valentine's Day gift.

Valentine's Day presentation from Oakdale Credit Union

Exemplifying the credit union difference is second nature.

Great Lakes Credit Union staff volunteering at the foodbank

Great Lakes Credit Union volunteers donated their time at Northern Illinois Food Bank. Way to exemplify the credit union difference!

Oakdale Credit Union's team helped to organize, donate items to, and host a Valentine's Day bake sale. The bake sale raised $650 for the Juneau County SEA of Change. This organization helps educate, support, and advocate on behalf of people in need.

A small act of kindness can go a long way and make a big difference.

Commonwealth Credit Union's Valentines for Veterans graphic

In February, Commonwealth Credit Union in Bourbonnais, IL, asked members to fill out Valentines for Veterans and then they gave them out at the Manteno Veterans’ Home. A truly heartwarming way to brighten the day for so many.

Every child deserves a birthday celebration.

Credit union employees making birthday bags for children

Employees from Delta County Credit Union in Escanaba, MI and Embers Credit Union in Marquette, MI worked together to create birthday bags filled with little surprises. The bags were donated to Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, Inc. and then distributed to local children in foster care on their birthdays.

Casual for a Cause

Collins Community Credit Union with a check for Hartman Reserve Nature Center

Collins Community Credit Union raised funds through their "Casual for a Cause" program to benefit the  Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls, IA. The donation will be used to support education and activity programs at the nature center.

Warming Hearts

Integra First Federal Credit Union employees with donations for Central Elementary School

Integra First Federal Credit Union employees and members worked together to collect hats and mittens for four local elementary schools near Powers, MI.

Cover Those Who Have Covered Us

Wisconsin Valley Chapter with a pile of blankets for donation

The Wisconsin Valley Credit Union Chapter donated over 80 blankets to the King Veteran Home in Waupaca, WI. 

Braving the Cold

Employees of TruNorth Federal Credit Union in the snow for the ski tournament

Employees from TruNorth Federal Credit Union, located in Ishpeming, MI, recently volunteered at an aid station for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon in Marquette, MI. The Noquemanon Ski Marathon is an event of the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN), a nonprofit organization. The mission of the NTN is to develop and maintain an interconnected, year-round, non-motorized trail network in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

A Credit Union's Generous Support of Children's Miracle Network

Co-op Credit Union handing a check to Children's Miracle Network

Co-op Credit Union located Black River Falls, WI, donated nearly $7,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Gundersen Health System. The team at Co-op sold candy, set up donation stations with Member Service representatives, and raised money from employee contributions for casual-dress days.

Great Way to Start the Year!

Wolverine State Credit Union employees holding donations and a check for 795 made out to The Salvation Army

Wolverine State Credit Union in Alpena, MI encouraged staff and members to celebrate the new year by donating pantry stables and funds to The Salvation Army. Great way to start the year!

Our Favorite Group Craft

Marine Credit Union employees with a pile of tie blankets for donation.

Marine Credit Union's West Des Moines, IA branch crafted beautiful tie blankets to be donated to Blank Children's Hospital.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Capital Credit Union employees ringing bells for the Salvation Army

Capital Credit Union, headquartered in Green Bay, WI, rang bells for the Salvation Army across the Fox Cities.

Toys for Tots

Community Choice Credit Union in Johnston, IA created an unexpected and delightful experience benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Landmark Credit Union recently assisted United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County in organizing and counting warehouse inventory at their Volunteer Center. In addition, Landmark volunteers decorated trees, made cards of encourgement and crafts to help brighten the holidays for local agency partners.

Koats for Kids

Chippewa County Credit Union's 3rd annual "Koats for Kids" donation drive

Chippewa County Credit Union in Sault Ste. Marie, MI hosted three separate distributions in their 3rd annual Koats for Kids drive. Children in the area were able to pick up brand new winter coats, hats, and gloves to stay warm this winter.

Taking Home the 1st Place Trophy

A representative from the Salvation Army awarding UnitedOne with the 1st place trophy

UnitedOne Credit Union, located in Manitowoc, WI, helped ring bells for the Salvation Army in both Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and they raised over $2,000! The credit union was awarded with the Battle of the Financials 1st place Trophy for Manitowoc.

Blessings in a Backpack

Connexus Credit Union holding a check in a warehouse for Blessings in a Backpack

Staff members from Connexus Credit Union, located in Wausau, WI, recently volunteered with DC Everest-Wausau Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides food over the weekend and during summer for school children in the DC Everest, Wausau, and Mosinee school districts who may otherwise not have enough food at home. The credit union also made a $10,000 donation to the program.

Sunshine Committee

1st Community Credit Union employees holding donations for Couleecap Food Pantry

1st Community Credit Union's Sunshine Committee recently organized an employee food drive benefiting the Couleecap Monroe County Food Pantry in Sparta, WI.

Connexus Cares

Connexus Credit Union employees wearing t-shirts that say "Connexus Cares" while sorting piles of donations

Connexus Credit Union for helped to sort and organize over 5,000 donated food items in support of The Women's Community, Inc.

The Women's Community, Inc. is an organization that has helped thousands of people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and unemployment to attain greater emotional and economic self-sufficiency.

Bringing the Heat

Boxes filled with non-perishable food items to be donated for Gas & Electric's annual food drive.

Throughout the month of October, Gas & Electric Credit Union in Rock Island, IL collected non-perishable food items for the River Bend Foodbank.

Social Responsibility Project

Piles of donations and desserts for the bake sale

Please join us in congratulating Riverfork Federal Credit Union in Grand Forks, ND. They were announced as the first-place winners of the Dora Maxwell Award at the national level. Their entry was focused on a project they did for a local cancer care center. Read all about it here

Ambassador Volunteer of the Year

Julie Lupa receiving the Ambassador Volunteer of the Year award

Julie Lupa, a Mortgage Originator at Superior Choice Credit Union in Superior, WI, was chosen to receive the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Volunteer of the Year award at their Annual Meeting. As the award recipient, Julie was able to donate $500 to a charity of her choice and she chose Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, MN. Congratulations, Julie!

It Just Makes Sense

Elementary school students receiving a check from Royal Credit Union wearing tie dye School Sense t-shirts.

Royal Credit Union's School $ense program donates funds back to schools each time a transaction milestone is reached. This month, Putnam Heights Elementary School in Eau Claire, WI earned their first $250 check from Royal.

Giving Back to the Communities We Serve

Co-Op Credit Union staff volunteering in a variety of settings throughout their communities

Co-Op Credit Union employees from Black River Falls, Fall Creek, Galesville, Melrose, Onalaska, and Strum, WI spent the afternoon volunteering throughout their membership region.

A Weekend Well Spent

Kohler Credit Union employees dressed in aprons photographed with the guest family at Ronald McDonald House Milwaukee

Kohler Credit Union in Kohler, WI prepared brunch for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee, WI.

Going International

Marine Credit Union volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

Marine Credit Union's West Des Moines branch employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity International Restore.

Protecting the Protectors

Capital Credit Union and firefighters

Capital Credit Union in Green Bay, WI recently visited the Appleton Fire Department who received funds through Capital’s Elevate Communities program to purchase hoods for every firefighter in their department. These hoods go underneath their helmets and help protect firefighters from the cancer-causing agents that would otherwise seep into their skin while they are fighting fires. A prime example of how something seemingly small can make such a huge impact!

Mmm, Pie

Heartland Credit Union employees pieing their executive team in the face

Heartland Credit Union in Madison, WI put together a flag football team to participate in Corporate Central’s Titletown Showdown to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin. During their fundraising efforts, Heartland’s Executive Team stepped up to help by letting staff members throw pies in their faces! Altogether, the Heartland Cash Counters raised more than $4,300!

Celebrating a Day of Caring

People wearing bright blue shirts that say "Day of Caring" posing in front of a circus sign

Sheboygan Area Credit Union joined other local businesses to help the Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum prepare for Ho-Ho-Holiday Memories, as part of the United Way of Sheboygan County's Day of Caring!

Serving the Underserved

Valley Communities Credit Union employees holding a check to Rapids Family Backpacks for $650

Valley Communities Credit Union's Wisconsin Rapids branch raised $650 for Rapids Family Backpacks, an organization that provides families facing hunger with nutritious weekend meals.

Safe Havens in Clubhouses

Landmark Credit Union passing a check to Bo's Heavenly Clubhouse families

Landmark Credit Union's Beaver Dam branch donated $500 to Bo’s Heavenly Clubhouse, an organization serving as a safe haven for parents recovering from the loss of a child.

Drop and Shop

Members 1st Community Credit Union loading a car full of donations

MEMBERS1st Community Credit Union in Marshalltown, IA recently donated a carload full of non-perishable food items to Sal's Cupboard, a local food pantry. Sal’s Cupboard is a food pantry run by the Salvation Army in Marshalltown that takes a unique approach to helping residents in need. Rather than handing out boxes with a variety of foods, families can leave behind food they don’t want and shop around for their favorites.

Home Sweet Home

Northridge Community Credit Union employees building homes

Northridge Community Credit Union in Hoyt Lakes, MN recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity to work on building houses in their community.

Hungry Hearts

Service First Federal Credit Union employees handing a check to Hungry Hearts

Service First Federal Credit Union in Sioux Falls and Salem, SD donated $1,000 to Hungry Hearts - an organization that helps provide school lunches to children in need.

Random Acts of Kindness

North Iowa Community Credit Union staff holding school supplies for Four Oaks

North Iowa Community Credit Union in Mason City, IA donated school supplies for children at Four Oaks of Iowa. Four Oaks is a facility committed to helping children and families through hard times, while fostering growth and development in important life skills in a safe environment.

Trona Valley Federal Credit Union

Trona Valley Federal Credit Union's Mountain View Fundraiser Advertisement

Trona Valley Federal Credit Union in Mountain View, WY hosted a 5K walk/run fundraiser benefiting Locals for Locals, a nonprofit organization helping aid travel expenses for people who need medical treatment in the Bridger Valley area.

Miracle Treats

Donors who posted photos to City & County Credit Union's social media channels on Miracle Treat Day

City & County Credit Union in St. Paul, MN encouraged donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals on Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen. For every blizzard picture posted, City & County donated an additional $2.

Helping Members In Need

TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union donating a $1000 check to CROSS Services

In celebration of TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union’s 80th anniversary, the TruStone Financial Foundation in Minneapolis, MN donated $1,000 to CROSS Services. CROSS Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps provide food and clothing to community members in need. CROSS is committed to serving families and individuals by providing mercy and compassionate supportive services.

Back to School Time

Verve, a Credit Union's tent at the Oshkosh Gus Macker

It’s back to school time! Verve, a Credit Union recently setup an energy station at the Oshkosh Gus Macker (The Original 3-on-3 Basketball Festival of Family Fun) event to help raise money for the Oshkosh School District. Funds raised at the event are used to supply school lunches for students that cannot afford them.

Christmas in July

PCM Credit Union's Christmas in July event

PCM Credit Union and Credit Unions for Kids held a successful Christmas in July charity golf outing raising over $17,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

People Helping Puppies

Collins Community Credit Union employees surrounding adoptable puppy, Handsome
Throughout the month of July, Collins Community Credit Union in Cedar Rapids, IA sponsored a kennel at Cedar Bend Humane Society benefitting two-year old puppy, Handsome.

Building New Beginnings

WESTconsin Credit Union employees passing a check to RFCFP

WESTconsin Credit Union in Menomonie, WI made a donation to the River Falls Community Food Pantry to help fund their new 5,200 square foot building in River Falls, WI.

Knock Out Cancer

Settlers CEO, Lisa Lindberg, presenting a check to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association

Settlers Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing, MI presented a check to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association from The 2019 Knock Out Cancer Walk.

Community Baby Shower

Billings Federal Credit Union employee posing with heaps of donated baby supplies

1 in 5 children in our community, age 0-5, lives in poverty. In an effort to provide a strong start to babies born into poverty, Billings Federal Credit Union donated to the United Way of Yellowstone County's Community Baby Shower. The Community Baby Shower provides support to parents with young children so they don’t have to choose between buying food and buying diapers.

Always Ready to Lend a Hand

CoVantage Credit Union employees cleaning up fallen trees and leaves

CoVantage Credit Union volunteered to help with disaster recovery in Elcho, WI and the surrounding areas impacted by storm damage.

The Tradition Continues

CUNA Management School staff packing donations

CUNA Management School second-year students raised more than $6,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through a giveback event that has become an annual tradition at the school.

Military Appreciation Day

Marine Credit Union staff holding flags at Military Appreciation Day event

Staff from the Marine Credit Union New Glarus team recently volunteered at the Green County Fair for Military Appreciation Day, ushering and serving veterans. In addition, the Monroe and New Glarus branches made a donation on behalf of the MCUFoundation to sponsor meal tickets for the veterans.

Books for the World

Heartland Credit Union Employees volunteering at the Rotary Club

Heartland Credit Union in Madison, WI helped pack over 15,000 pounds worth of books to ship to countries in need at the Rotary Club's Books for the World event.

Fighting Homelessness

Mark handing a check to Capital Credit Union for their fighting homelessness event

Capital Credit Union in Green Bay, WI raised nearly $43,000 to help fight homelessness.

Stars and Stripes

Kohler Credit Union handing a check to Stars and Stripes

Kohler Credit Union in Kohler, WI hosted a brat fry fundraiser to benefit Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc., a company that honors veterans with a life-changing trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials and experience a day of honor and thanks.

Every Two Seconds

Someone in the United States Needs Blood

Park City Credit Union in Merrill, WI saved 54 lives during their blood drive benefiting The Community Blood Center.

A Moment of Magic

Advia Credit Union handing a check to A Moment of Magic

The Advia Foundation, part of Advia Credit Union headquartered in Parchment, MI, proudly awarded A Moment of Magic at Western Michigan University (WMU) with an Advancing Lives Grant. A Moment of Magic WMU visits children with pediatric cancer or other medical vulnerabilities dressed as princesses and superheroes to remind children to "just be a kid" and to be brave, strong, and fearless.

Inspiring Education

Michaela Stram receiving a continuing education scholarship

North Star Credit Union in Cook, MN awarded Mickaela Stram from Greenway High School a scholarship to pursue continuing education.

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.

Book Fair with a Twist

Landmark Credit Union employees posing with children's books

Landmark Credit Union in New Berlin, WI in partnership with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, sent two groups of volunteers to spend a day at Hawthorne Elementary in Waukesha, WI. They helped children pick and check out books at the Build My Bookshelf book fair. With Landmark’s sponsorship, every student received five new books (free of charge) to help them build their own collection at home.

Splash of Color

Wolverine State Credit Union employees covered in color after the race

Wolverine State Credit Union in Alpena, MI participated in the Girls on the Run Color Me Awesome 5k. Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

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