While credit unions give back to their communities year round, most also incorporate additional endeavors to help others during the holidays. Just a few examples of how some credit unions are spreading holiday cheer are listed below.
CAP COM FCU
In November, through its Thanksgiving Sharing the Harvest program, 80 CAP COM FCU volunteers delivered 600 meals to community, including 5,499 pounds of frozen turkeys. The credit union partnered with Price Chopper/Market 32 in the endeavor, which benefited 20 Capital Region partners.
“Now more than ever, there is an increased need and we’re grateful to our partners and volunteers in the community, who are so vital to the success of Sharing the Harvest,” said Chris McKenna, CAP COM FCU president/CEO. “Sharing the Harvest continues to be a staple program of the CAP COM Cares Foundation and I applaud my fellow volunteers who helped pack and deliver 600 meals this year.”
First New York FCU
First New York FCU recently joined with local business partner Catholic Charities Tri-County Services to donate 11,520 rolls of toilet paper. Every year, First New York FCU kicks off its Annual Share a Roll campaign in November, and thanks to the donations received from members, employees, business partners and the community, they achieved their largest donation yet. Toilet paper is one of the necessities that is not covered under the food stamps program also known as SNAP benefits.
The Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation collected over 1,600 new hats for children who have lost their hair while battling cancer. The Capital City Rescue Mission also received new coats and toys for local families in need from the Sunmark Foundation’s annual holiday donation.
Through its Season of Giving campaign, Teachers FCU is partnering with four community-focused charities to donate a total of $50,000 between Make-A-Wish, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Island Harvest and the Family Service League. How the $50,000 will be allocated to the charities will be determined by votes from the community via social media.