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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.

Families come first.

Family First Credit Union Facebook Post

Family First Credit Union in Saginaw, MI raised almost $700 for Covenant Kids, an organization that helps support newborns in the NICU.

Alzheimer's research benefits from donations this month.

Linn Area Credit Union Facebook post

Linn Area Credit Union's team members in Cedar Rapids, IA raised funds through a "jeans week" for a donation to the Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter.

June was National Pet Month.

1st Community Credit Union Facebook post

1st Community Credit Union in Sparta, WI pledged to donate $10 for each new member in May, totaling $1,430, to local animal shelters.

50/50 raffles are a great way to raise money for charities!

Hayward Community Credit Union Facebook post

Hayward Community Credit Union in Hayward, WI raised and donated funds from their annual meeting 50/50 raffle drawing to the Spider Lake Food Shelf.

Tomah Area Credit Union holds raffle to support community.

Tomah Area Credit Union with a check for Families First of Monroe County

Tomah Area Credit Union hosted a raffle drawing to benefit Families First of Monroe County. Families First “supports and assists residents through their financial and life challenges with respectful and empowering services.” Through the generosity of their members, the credit union was able to make a donation of over $3,400 to the organization.

Arcadia Credit Union donates toward new ambulance.

Arcadia Credit Union with a check for Arcadia Ambulance Service

Arcadia Credit Union donated $5,000 to the Arcadia Ambulance Service. The funds will be used for the purchase of a new ambulance. Arcadia Ambulance Service is community owned and provides emergency services for eight municipalities in western Wisconsin.

Casual dress days help credit unions raise funds for donations.

MembersAlliance Credit Union Facebook post

MembersAlliance Credit Union's Employee Enhancement Committee team members raised and donated funds to Winnebago County CASA in Rockford, IL. This organization advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

Michigan Tech Employees put emphasis on youth programs in their communities.

Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union Facebook post

Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union in Houghton, MI donated $1,000 to U.P. Kids, an organization that provides a home and education to children and youth experiencing difficulty at home, school, or in the community.

When one K9 officer retires, another must be trained to take its place.

Peoples Choice Credit Union Facebook post

Peoples Choice Credit Union in Medford, WI donated $100 from their Jeans Day fundraiser to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department for the new K9 officer.

High school students get an extra special prom filled with movie themed treats.

City & County Credit Union Facebook Post

City & County Credit Union in Eagan, MN created 400 goodie bags for the Eagan High School movie night prom to make the night a little more special for students.

Capital Credit Union gets creative to fight homelessness in Northeast Wisconsin.

Capital Credit Union photo collage

Throughout the month of May, Capital Credit Union raised funds for their shelter partners, Pillars, Inc. and St. John's Homeless Shelter. From car washes, overnight stays on the rooftop by leadership, raffles, and auctions, branches were creative in their fundraising efforts. The credit union has a goal of raising $30,000 for the shelters. Interested parties may contribute to the fundraiser through June 5.

Collins Community Credit Union crashes the classroom to show teachers appreciation.

Collins Community Credit Union photo collage

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Collins Community Credit Union team members visited Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA to hand out 150 Starbucks gift cards to teachers. The credit union expressed their gratitude saying, “Thank you to WHS, and all teachers, for everything you do! Because of you, kids in our communities are able to thrive and reach their full potential.”

Financial education and literacy is a key component of credit union's cooperative principles.

Cloverbelt Credit Union Facebook Post

Cloverbelt Credit Union's team in Wausau, WI assembled 100 literacy kits for local school children on behalf of the United Way of Marathon County.

Ascentra teams up to clean up their neighborhood.

Ascentra Credit Union Facebook post

Ascentra Credit Union in Bettendorf, IA participated in a community cleanup to help beautify downtown Bettendorf's neighborhood walkways.

Students testing for the SAT got a snack thanks to a local credit union.

Gas & Electric Credit Union Facebook post

Gas & Electric Credit Union in Rock Island, IL donated snacks to Rock Island High School for the students to keep their energy up while taking the SATs.

Little steps go a long way.

Honor Credit Union Facebook post

Honor Credit Union's team members in Berrien Springs, MI spent Earth Day cleaning up over two miles of the roadway for Michigan’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

Connexus Credit Union makes a big donation to support nonprofits.

Connexus credit union with check for Community Partners Campus

Connexus Credit Union donated $1 million to the newly created Community Partners Campus (CPC) in Wausau, WI. CPC plans to offer below-market rent and services for local, tax-exempt organizations. CPC hopes that, “by helping other nonprofits, they will be able to build a community in which charitable, educational, medical, and social services can be more efficiently administered to local individuals and families in need.” The credit union stated, “We couldn't be more honored to support CPC, a newly-formed non-profit center offering collaborative, shared spaces for local organizations providing food, shelter, medical care, and mental health services to those in need.”

Kohler Credit Union celebrates Earth Day by volunteering in the community.

Kohler Credit Union employees working outside

Kohler Credit Union team members honored Earth Day by volunteering at Glacial Lakes Conservancy. The team picked up trash and helped pull invasive buckthorn plants. Additionally, team members volunteered with Grow It Forward Community Food Center. They helped build and fill garden beds that are grown to support neighbors in the Manitowoc, WI community.

Boxes pile up in support of the Oaks of Righteousness.

Monroe County Community Credit Union's Facebook Post

In honor of Monroe Rotary's Special Service Week, Monroe County Community Credit Union's staff donated nonperishable foods to be distributed through Oaks of Righteousness in Monroe, WI.

Hearts circulate all around this February during the Chain of Hearts fundraiser.

NorthRidge Community Credit Union Facebook post

Through the generosity of their staff and members during their Chain of Hearts fundraiser, NorthRidge Community Credit Union in Hoyt Lakes, MN was able to make a $1,500 donation to Credit Unions 4 Kids and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Going once, going twice, SOLD to the highest donor!

Oakdale Credit Union Facebook post

Oakdale Credit Union in Oakdale, WI hosted an online auction to raise funds for the Juneau County SEA of Change, a nonprofit that provides support, education, and advocacy concerning homelessness in Juneau County.

Remedies Renewing Lives was restocked this International Women's Day!

Rock Valley Credit Union Facebook post

Rock Valley Credit Union's team members in in Loves Park, IL showed their support for Women’s History Month by collecting donations of personal care items for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Supporting the community through service.

Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union employees cleaning up after the storms

As the Hawaiian island of Kauai recently experienced devastating floods and a landslide, Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union’s team jumped into action to help the community in any way they could. Staff helped with donations, cleaning, transporting, boating, hauling, and distributing essential items throughout the community. They also started a campaign to highlight local businesses affected by the natural disaster and are giving away gift cards to members to encourage support of the affected businesses. The credit union stated, “When we eat, shop, support, bank local, we can get through this together.”

Signs of hope and positivity.

Park City Credit Union employees holding neon yellow and pink signs

Park City Credit Union participated in Sunshine on the Street in Tomahawk, WI. Sunshine on the Street was started by the Hometown Chiropractic Center in Tomahawk to show kindness and spread positivity throughout the community. Residents and area businesses held signs with positive messages to help encourage neighbors to look on the bright side.

Simplot employees help lead with passion.

Simplot Employees Credit Union Facebook Post

Through the generosity of their members and the hard work of their staff, Simplot Employees Credit Union in Caldwell, ID was able to make a generous donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho.

Community programs are able to thrive with the help of Connexus Cares.

Connexus Credit Union Facebook Post

Through their philanthropic program, Connexus Cares, Connexus Credit Union in Wausau, WI was able to contribute a combined $50,000 donation to the Salvation Army locations in Wausau and Stevens Point.

Will you be my valentine?

Cornerstone Credit Union Facebook post

Cornerstone Credit Union's staff members in Freeport, IL presented a donation to local florist, Deininger Floral. The donation was part of community fundraiser to present flowers on Valentine's Day to 600 nursing home residents in Stephenson County.

Spreading kindness on Random Acts of Kindness Day.

First Nebraska Credit Union Facebook Post

First Nebraska Credit Union surprised members of their select employee groups with gift cards and goodies on February 18 which is Random Acts of Kindness Day. The credit union sent a representative to personally present the gifts and thank the businesses for supporting the credit union.

Using a day off for a day of service.

Frankenmuth Credit Union Facebook Post

While Frankenmuth Credit Union was closed on Presidents’ Day, some of their staff chose to use the day off as a day of service. Team members volunteered at local shelters and soup kitchens located in Saginaw, Flint, Bay City, and Midland, MI. Pictured below are staff volunteering to clean and remodel Midland’s Open Door, a crisis shelter and soup kitchen.

Ringing in the holiday cheer continues through the new year.

WESTconsin Credit Union's Facebook post

WESTconsin Credit Union's team members and their families helped create holiday gift bags, including hand-tied blankets, for the residents of Monroe Manor Assisted Living in Barron, WI.

Denim Dollars does it again!

Taylor Credit Union Facebook post

Taylor Credit Union's staff donated funds from their Denim Dollars Program to the Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Inc. in Medford, WI.

While most financial institutions closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Frankenmuth used it as a day to give back.

Frankenmuth Credit Union Facebook Post

Frankenmuth Credit Union's staff members from multiple branches volunteered their time to local soup kitchens in and around Frankenmuth, MI, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

CoVantage Credit Union Cares Foundation generously supports charities in their community.

CoVantage donations

For the fifth year in a row, CoVantage Credit Union used funds donated from the CoVantage Cares Foundation Giving Tuesday campaign to local charities. The credit union stated, “The Board of Directors for CoVantage Cares Foundation announced that checks totaling $507,073 were presented to local non-profit groups that serve communities where CoVantage Credit Union has branches. The funds were made possible thanks to generous donations by CoVantage Credit Union members, staff, and community members who responded to the Foundation’s 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign.” Funds were distributed to nine organizations near CoVantage branches and ranged from community centers to homeless shelters.

Kohler Credit Union creates cookbook to raise funds for local food pantries.

Kohler Credit Union Donations

Kohler Credit Union created a community cookbook of tasty slow cooker recipes, sold at select grocery stores, to raise funds for community food banks. One hundred percent of the proceeds, along with a matching donation from the credit union, were donated to local organizations helping to provide their neighbors with much needed pantry staples. Charitable contributions were made to Full Shelf Food Pantry, Saukville Community Food Pantry, Sheboygan County Food Bank, and Peter’s Pantry.

SCE spreads holiday cheer!

SCE Federal Credit Union Facebook post

SCE Federal Credit Union in Irwindale, CA donated $500 to PUENTE Learning Center's Holidays Under the Stars campaign. The donation will help provide toys and meals to 125 families.

Who let the dogs out? SOCU did!

SOCU Facebook Post

SOCU in Streator, IL made a $1,000 donation to the Streator Police Department to help welcome the newest K-9 officer, Hunter.

Christmas miracles know no bounds - Two credit unions participate in The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

Cornerstone Credit Union Facebook post

Staff and family members from Cornerstone Credit Union in Freeport, IL donated toys and gifts for 50 local children through The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

Advia Credit Union Facebook post

Advia Credit Union headquartered in Parchment, M held an Angel Tree toy and food drive, and were able to provide toys for over 90 children. Additionally, they raised $3,200 for the The Salvation Army.

Staley Credit Union spreads holiday cheer.

Staley Credit Union employees with piles of gifts

Staff from Staley Credit Union in Decatur, IL created 60 Christmas bags to donate to residents at Prairie Creek Village. The credit union stated, “We’re very grateful to make the holidays brighter for our community!”

Superior Choice Credit Union celebrates the season of giving.

Superior Choice Credit Union check and donations for NWCSA, The Brick, Second Harvest, and ICAA

Superior Choice Credit Union in Superior, WI recently donated a total of $12,700 to Indianhead Community Action Agency, The BRICK Ministries, Northwest WI Community Services, Inc., and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The credit union commented, “With everything that's happened in 2020, the importance of paying it forward this holiday season is as meaningful as ever. As a token of our gratitude for everything they do for our communities, we're so excited to be able to support some great local organizations.”

Credit unions step in when times get tough.

Rock Valley Credit Union Facebook post

Rock Valley Credit Union in Rockford, IL, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, donated $7,500 to Miss Carly's and Carpenter's Place. Both organizations serve the homeless in the Rockford area.

The Child Life team received some extra courage in November.

Financial Plus Credit Union Facebook post

Financial Plus Credit Union in Flint, MI gifted the Child Life team at Hurley Children's Hospital a $1,000 donation to purchase courage packs for pediatric cancer patients.

Settlers Federal Credit Union helps knock out cancer.

Settlers Federal Credit Union Facebook post

Settlers Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing, MI raised and matched funds through the, “Knock Out Cancer Walk," for the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.

Athens Area Credit Union supports local organizations.

Athens Area Credit Union

Athens Area Credit Union in Athens, WI made a $1,000 donation to Athenian Living Assisted Living Community to purchase a new aquarium for residents, and a $1,000 donation to Athens Area Fire & Ambulance for emergency medical equipment.

Christmas Clubs are a great way for members to save, and spread holiday cheer.

PCM Credit Union Facebook post

PCM Credit Union in Green Bay, WI, on behalf of their Christmas Club members, donated $5,000 to the Marine Corps Toys For Tots Green Bay, and $1,000 to Toys for Tots Marinette.

Co-op Credit Union donates to organizations in their community hit hardest by the pandemic.

Co-Op Credit Union handing checks to organizations

Co-op Credit Union presented $28,000 to five different organizations including Feed My People Food Bank, Bolton Refuge House - Jackson County Outreach, New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers, Inc., the Ho-Chunk Nation Food Distribution Program, and the G-E-T Community Food Pantry. The credit union stated, “These community organizations are doing such important work to keep our friends and neighbors fed, healthy, and safe, and we are proud to play a role in supporting them in their mission.”

Members Cooperative Credit Union helps ensure kids do not go hungry on the weekends.

Members Cooperative Credit Union with a check for Second Harvest

Members Cooperative Credit Union recently donated $2,000 to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and their backpack program. The program provides more than 33,000 weekend bags of food annually to Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin children.

This month, we bring awareness to breast cancer and inspire hope for a global community.

Embers Credit Union Facebook Post

Embers Credit Union in Marquette, MI made a $500 donation to the U.P. Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This credit union actively lives the founding "people helping people" mission.

City & County Credit Union Facebook Post

City & County Credit Union in Saint Paul, MN held their sixth annual all employee volunteer day.

COVID relief efforts are still in effect.

Royal Credit Union Facebook post

Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire recently made a $4,000 donation to multiple schools in their area for COVID relief efforts.

The house that credit unions built.

The house that credit unions built

On October 15, International Credit Union Day, University Federal Credit Union in Austin, TX, along with six other area credit unions, devoted time to constructing a house with Austin Habitat for Humanity. These efforts embody the “people helping people” philosophy. The home is described as, “The house that credit unions built.”

Credit unions band together for a wonderful cause.

Credit unions Stock the Shelves to fight hunger

On October 17, credit unions in the Greater Fox Cities area donated their time and resources to “Stock the Shelves” for local food pantries. Staff from 16 area credit unions collected non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the effort. In total, all the donations received from the Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions in partnership with Feeding America, raised 20,149 meals for families who may have had none otherwise.

Traveling through faith helps this credit union shape their community.

Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union Facebook post

Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union in Garfield Heights, OH presented a $10,000 grant to the eighth grade class at St. Christopher School for students to purchase virtual reality goggles.

Communities rebuild after storms thanks to assistance from Linn Area Credit Union.

Linn Area Credit Union Facebook post

Linn Area Credit Union in Cedar Rapids, IA donated $10,000 to the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) so that the nonprofit can provide food, supplies, and services to area residents affected by the derecho.

#BuckStrong campaign helps pool resources to provide a safe environment for teachers and students.

Honor Credit Union Facebook post

Honor Credit Union in Buchanan, MI donated $500 to support the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation which keeps PPE supplies stocked for area students and teachers.

Thirty ways to make a major impact in thirty days.

Landmark Credit Union 30 Days of Donations Post

Landmark Credit Union in Wisconsin launched a charitable campaign to donate to thirty different organizations within the thirty days of the month of September. Teams at each branch identified organizations in the neighborhoods they serve for these donations. To learn more about the campaign and the receiving organizations, search the hashtag #30DaysofDonations on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Fort Community Credit Union 80 Acts of Kindness Post

Fort Community Credit Union celebrated its 80th anniversary with 80 acts of kindness. Team members chose their own unique ways to commit these acts of kindness. Some chose to randomly surprise community members by paying for their fuel, some made donations to local food pantries, and others chose to support local educators with treats and snacks. For more information about this campaign, search the hashtag #80ActsOfKindness on Facebook and Instagram.

Altra Federal Credit Union pools resources to help their community in need.

Altra Federal Credit Union with giant check for Great Rivers United Way

Current staff, retirees, and members of Altra Federal Credit Union in Onalaska, WI, banded together and donated $63,872.75 to help their community during this time of need. The generous donation was made to the Great Rivers United Way. Great Rivers United way seeks to ensure that every dollar that is invested addresses community needs and delivers measurable, lasting results.

Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union leads “Rise Up” effort to help local businesses.

RISE written on windows with Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union staff on ramp in front

The team at Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union in Haxtun, CO came up with a unique virtual challenge to spark fundraising, along with health and wellness, to help their community. Drawn from credit union employee Stephanie Harms’ experience as a mountain climber and fitness trainer, the “Rise Up Challenge” was created. The challenge was a multi-pronged event designed to engage the community, raise money to help impacted local businesses, and encourage physical activity. All proceeds were used to purchase gift cards from businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown and then used as prizes in the Rise Up 14er Challenge. The challenge raised $1,041 and the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation matched that amount, bringing the total to $2,082. Another $391 of other local donations brought the grand total to almost $2,500, all funneled back into local business.

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