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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.

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!

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.

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