As a co-operative credit union, we’re all about people helping people. Doing good is something we take seriously! Community is one of our six core values, and we promise to respectfully support the communities we serve.
Our charitable efforts improve the education and quality of life for the residents in our community through fund raising, event partnerships and free financial wellness events. We care about our community because after all, we live here and work here too!
Our 3rd quarter charity partner was Hands, Hearts, & Paws. This was the first year we teamed with them and we had lots of fun! We hosted the Dog Days of Summer photo contest through KMTV's Morning Blend, we donated $1 to each photo submitted (click to watch the segment). In August, we held a community event, inviting members & friends to help us make tie blankets for Hands, Hearts, & Paws dogs! Lastly, we held a supply drive in our branch lobbies to support the foster families.
We were able to donate $1,024 and 26 tie blankets along with a few supplies and treats! This supports their mission to finding our fur friends forever homes!
For another year, our 2nd quarter sponsorship was with ALS in the Heartland. We did a lot this quarter! Starting with supporting their 11th annual Walk for the Cause. It rained but that didn't stop them from getting a big turnout. We held a 50/50 raffle at each of our locations then continued the lobby fundraising with a candy sale. We enjoyed a hot June day sponsoring one of their holes at the ALS golf tournament. Ending the quarter with a spirit week which included a throwback Ice Bucket Challenge! Employee and member efforts helped raise $1,772 in donations!
Sadly there is no cure for ALS and the average lifespan after diagnosis is only 2-5 years. ALS in the Heartland strives to offer the highest quality of support and care for ALS patients in the local community.
2017 marks the second year we supported Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Midlands as our 1st quarter charity. We began fundraising with our 9th annual employee "Souper Bowl", a cook-off where staff compete to have their soup dubbed as the best! Then we raised awareness and funds by hosting a Spirit Week at our branches, dressing to crazy themes each day including an 80's themed throwback. Completing our fundraising was a candy sale that went on in our lobbies. Then staff celebrated the end of the quarter by participating in the charity hosted event, Bowl for Kids' Sake. Our total donated from employees and members was $2,318!
The goal of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Midlands is to keep kids in school and help them realize their potential. The funds will stay in the local area and provide children with a mentor to help them change their lives for the better!