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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.

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.

Serving the underserved is what credit unions do best.

First Community Credit Union's Facebook post

First Community Credit Union in Beloit, WI gifted 25 pairs of socks and a $2,500 donation to Rockford Rescue Mission to, "help move people from homelessness to personal wholeness."

Safety first!

Soo Co-op Credit Union's Facebook post

Soo Co- op Credit Union in Sault Ste. Marie, MI donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the War Memorial Hospital to protect patients and staff!

As students, parents, and teachers navigate schooling in the COVID-era, credit unions are among the first to assist.

Indiana Members Credit Union Twitter post

Indiana Members Credit Union in Indianapolis, IN stuffed and donated 648 backpacks for students in their area!

Ascentra Credit Union's Facebook post

Ascentra Credit Union in Bettendorf, IA partnered with Community 1st Credit Union and LULAC Council 10 to donate ten Google Chromebooks to the small town of Columbus Junction, IA. Chromebooks were donated to a local library for students and families to check out in order to keep learning safely at home during the summer months and into the upcoming school year.

Everyone deserves to safely enjoy the beautiful U.P. beaches!

Delta County Credit Union with large check for Camp Harstad

Delta County Credit Union in Escanaba, MI recently donated funds to Camp Harstad Rotary/YMCA to help efforts to teach swimming safety to camp attendees. The camp provides a welcoming, fun community for children with special needs in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Meet Billy. A furry, four-legged superhero!

Collins Community Credit Union with large check for Polk Alternative Education Center

On July 21, Collins Community Credit Union in Cedar Rapids, IA presented a check to the Polk Alternative Education Center to fund the purchase and training of a new service dog. The dog, named Billy, will help children facing challenges with social, emotional, and behavioral skills.

Altra paves the PATH forward in their community.

Altra Federal Credit Union's Facebook post

Last month, Altra Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Onalaska, WI, held a diaper drive. They donated over 300 diapers, along with a generous donation, to the PATH organization.

Saving lives, one "bite" at a time.

Capital Credit Union staff handing check to the fire department with a firetruck in the background

Capital Credit Union in Green Bay, WI presented a generous donation to the Southern Door Fire Department for a new Jaws for Life.

Putting the "community" in 1st Community Credit Union.

1st Community Credit Union handing a check to the Boys and Girls Club

1st Community Credit Union in Sparta, WI visited the Boys & Girls Club of Sparta to present a generous donation of $7,000.

Denim Dollars does it again!

Taylor Credit Union with a check for the Humane Society

Taylor Credit Union's team in Medford, WI presented a $300 donation to the Taylor County Humane Society from their Denim Dollars Fund!

Did someone say Taco Tuesday?

UniWyo Federal Credit Union's Facebook Post

To show appreciation for the essential heroes working in their community, UniWyo Federal Credit Union in Laramie, WY bought tacos for the staff at Ivinson Hospital.

Dane County Credit Union donates $20,000 to local non-profits.

Dane County Credit Union with large checks for charities

In partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago COVID-19 Relief Program, Dane County Credit Union in Madison, WI, donated $20,000 to local nonprofits providing needed services for those affected by COVID-19 in their community. The donation was split between River Food Pantry, Allied Food Pantry, Catholic Multicultural Center, Road Home, and Centro Hispano.

BlueOx Credit Union steps up to help an assistant living facility in their community.

BlueOx Credit Union with cards for assisted living community

BlueOx Credit Union in Portage, MI recently delivered flowers and cards to the residents of Bickford of Portage, an assisted living and memory care facility. As a token of appreciation to the essential workers taking care of these seniors during the pandemic, they also included a Panera gift card for staff to get a well-deserved meal.

A win-win charitable act!

N.E.W. Credit Union Member Monday story

N.E.W. Credit Union in Oconto Falls, WI purchased gift certificates from over 50 small businesses in their area, and distributed those gift certificates to drive-thru customers as a random act of kindness!

"Unbanking" pays it forward.

Community Choice Credit Union's Facebook post

In celebration of Nurses Week, Community Choice Credit Union in Johnston, IA donated 500 custom water bottles to the nurses at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.

Wow, that's a lot of give-back!

Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union's Facebook post

Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union in Marshfield, WI made $5,000 donations to Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House, Marshfield Rotary Winter Wonderland, and the Hannah Center, through a partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s Relief Program.

Prime Financial Credit Union awards grant to Capuchin Community Services.

Prime Financial Credit Union giving a check to local food pantry

Prime Financial Credit Union in Cudahy, WI proudly presented a $5,000 “Here for You” Community Organization Grant to Capuchin Community Services to use toward St. Ben’s Community Meal and the House of Peace. Capuchin Community Services have been serving the poor, the hungry, and the homeless since 1968.

Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union donates to the Western Upper Peninsula Food Bank.

Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union big check donation

Donations from employees, funding from the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, and Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union’s annual meeting donation were combined to make a $2,000 donation to the Western Upper Peninsula Food Bank in Houghton, MI. The money was used to purchase 25,000 pounds of food for their community. Amazing!

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!

#RandomActsofKindness

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!

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