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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.

February 2023

Game of Giving raises funds for the homeless.
Collins Community Credit Union recently joined the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for their annual Game of Giving. They presented a check to the Teufelhund Veterans Group, who then signed the check over to support Willis Dady Homeless Services. They are grateful to be able to contribute to the incredible work both organizations are doing.

Giving back to the community.
Great Lakes Credit Union is starting 2023 off strong with their volunteering efforts, spending time at Lyon Magnet Elementary School’s Family Reading Night, COOL Ministries, and Care for Real. They look forward to more opportunities to give back in the year ahead.

January 2023
Spreading holiday cheer.
United Financial Credit Union is grateful for the opportunity they had to give back to their community and brighten the days of some of their members that needed a little extra holiday cheer. The credit union surprised 14 families with a full holiday meal before Christmas.

12 days of giving.
As a part of their 12 Days of Giving, Members Cooperative Credit Union raised funds for Grand Rapids Yellow Ribbon Citizens Committee, a committee that works to ensure military families in the community are supported. The Committee acts as a liaison between the community and the military. They believe that commitment to awareness and support for all service members must not end when they return home from deployment and the yellow ribbons are untied.

December 2022

A place for all to play.
Royal Credit Union Foundation (RCU Foundation) made a $25,000 gift dedicated to the construction of Fairy Wonderland Park in Prescott, WI. The inclusive park will promote play, creativity, and socialization for kids of all ages and all abilities. The RCU Foundation stated, “We recognize that having spaces in a community where people can come together to learn, to recreate, and to build connections is vital to fostering relationships and creating a vibrant community for everyone.”

Charity Golf Outing benefits local youth.
Affinity Credit Union donated $21,750 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. The 2022 Charity Golf Outing marked the credit union’s 28th golf fundraising campaign. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa thanked the credit union stating, “Your generous donation will help us ignite the power and promise of our youth through meaningful 1:1 mentoring relationships in our community.”

November 2022

Building up the community.
Marine Credit Union volunteered with Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area to restore an old home for a new, deserving family. Over the course of two days, 38 employees volunteered to remodel the home. The team had both new and veteran volunteers who all said they enjoyed the experience and would do it again.

Spreading credit union kindness.
Gas & Electric Credit Union celebrated CU Kind Day, an initiative led by the Illinois Credit Union League, to give back to the communities they serve. On October 10, the credit union took a day of service and staff members volunteered at Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Quad City Botanical Center, River Bend Food Bank, and Rock Island Parks and Recreation. The credit union stated, “We are happy to participate and look forward to it each year!”

October 2022

Supporting those that help the community.
Following the credit union motto of, “For Service, Not Profit,” Arcadia Credit Union presented a $3,000 donation to the Fountain City Fire Department. The credit union stated, “We love giving back to our community!”

Taking action to end hunger.
In honor of September being Hunger Action Month, NuMark Credit Union volunteered at Northern Illinois Food Bank. Team members helped pack food for hungry neighbors in Geneva, IL. Through their hard work, the team was able to pack enough bags of sweet potatoes to provide 2,900 meals for those in need in northern Illinois.

September 2022

Supporting local community organizations.
Co-op Credit Union donated $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley – Lunda Center. The credit union stated, “The Boys and Girls Club makes a great impact in our community, and we love to help in any way we can. We are dedicated to supporting local community organizations that make important impacts in our communities. It’s part of our mission as a cooperative!”

Gratitude for organizations supporting veterans.
Connexus Credit Union donated $12,500 to the Wausau American Legion Post 10. The credit union said, “For the support, recognition, advocacy, and honor that Wausau American Legion Post 10 provides to veterans, we are humbled and truly grateful to give back to the communities we serve.”

August 2022

Funding scholars and the future of the community.
University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) announced a $5 million scholarship endowment to benefit students at the Austin Community College District (ACC). The endowment will be disbursed over five years in the form of scholarships. The partnership will also give UFCU naming rights to start-of-the-art pavilion that will be used for special events. The credit union’s President, Michael Crowl, said, “This scholarship program will provide all-inclusive support to hardworking students so they can focus on achieving their career aspirations through ACC. We can’t wait to see the positive impact it will have on the communities we serve.”

Raise Your Glass raises funds for the United Way.
Altra Federal Credit Union hosted the fifth annual Raise Your Glass fundraiser and raised nearly $14,000 for Great Rivers United Way (GRUW). GRUW will use the donation to fund 51 non-profit programs for the betterment of individuals, families, and children in the community. The credit union expressed their gratitude to all that supported the event saying, “This event would not have been possible without the generous support of people like you!”

July 2022

Supporting those who support the community.
Arcadia Credit Union presented a $5,000 donation to the Arcadia Glencoe Fire Department. The fire department is made up of 30 volunteers. The funds will be used to support ongoing projects and equipment needs. The credit union declared, “Arcadia Credit Union is proud of our ability to support the local communities we serve.”

Building stronger communities, one relationship at a time.
Connexus Credit Union recently made a $20,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin. The credit union stated, “Young people need emotional and social support now more than ever — which is why we're honored to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin as they provide mentors and positive role models to build stronger communities, one relationship at a time.”

June 2022

Supporting those who support the community.
Arcadia Credit Union presented a $5,000 donation to the Arcadia Glencoe Fire Department. The fire department is made up of 30 volunteers. The funds will be used to support ongoing projects and equipment needs. The credit union declared, “Arcadia Credit Union is proud of our ability to support the local communities we serve.”

Building stronger communities, one relationship at a time.
Connexus Credit Union recently made a $20,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin. The credit union stated, “Young people need emotional and social support now more than ever — which is why we're honored to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin as they provide mentors and positive role models to build stronger communities, one relationship at a time.”

May 2022

Credit unions participate in Women’s Build Week.
Advia Credit Union and Honor Credit Union staff volunteered for Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Week. The event encourages women in the community to volunteer to help build a home for a deserving community member. Habitat for Humanity stated, “Our goal with Women Build is to empower women to help families build strength, stability and independence.”

Appreciating the greater good that small businesses bring to the community.
City & County Credit Union announced a contest, Making the Greater Good, and asked their members to nominate local small businesses that help the community. After tallying the votes, the credit union awarded $2,500 to Accountable Coaches Network, an organization that aims to help individuals find financial freedom through coaching, resources, programs, and events. The credit union said, “Thank you to everyone who voted and supported our Making the Greater Good contest! Accountable plans to use the winning check to create scholarships for those ready for financial coaching and willing to do the work, but who need financial assistance to move forward.”

April 2022

Helping an invaluable community resource.
Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union made a $2,500 donation to Dial Help. Each quarter, employees choose a charitable organization to raise funds for and the credit union matches the donation. Dial Help’s mission is to promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of communities through providing problem assistance, crisis intervention, education, and empowerment. The credit union stated, “Thank you to Rebecca Crane and all the other wonderful workers at Dial Help who work so hard to provide this invaluable resource to our community!”

Building homes for a great community.
Rock Valley Credit Union team members laced up their work boots and braved the cold weather to volunteer with the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity. The team pitched in to help build a home for a deserving family in the community. The credit union commented, “The credit union philosophy of people helping people continues to stay true at RVCU. Our community is a part of what truly makes us great.”

March 2022

Share-A-Bear for kids.
Park City Credit Union held its 12th annual Share-A-Bear fundraising event. For a minimal donation, members and staff were able to sponsor stuffed animals for children receiving care at Marshfield Children’s Hospital. Through the generosity of their staff and members, the credit union was able to raise over $4,487 to bring, “a smile and extra comfort to every child that comes to Marshfield Children’s Hospital for a surgery, procedure, or hospital stay.”

Going casual for a cause.
Collins Community Credit Union team members raised $1,815 for the Cedar Valley United Way through their Casual for a Cause program. The credit union stated, “We strongly believe in their fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We appreciate all that you do!”

February 2022

Committing to the community.
Green State Credit Union has partnered with the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families to increase access to multi-lingual classes and workshops for refugees and immigrant communities. The credit union donated $41,500 to help these communities move forward in their financial journeys and stated, “This, along with our investment to increase access of financial services in multiple languages and in our campaign to close the racial homeownership gap in Iowa, only solidifies our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Financial wellness for the underserved.
TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union recently donated $10,000 to the Moneyweave Academy. The nonprofit organization provides financial planning programs to help women at risk of poverty gain clarity, confidence, and control over their finances.

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