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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.

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.

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!

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