Comics come to life
American Heritage Credit Union, recognizing the vital role employees play in providing outstanding service its members, held its annual Employee Appreciation Day. It transformed its Philadelphia campus into a real life comic book/movie with a “Superheroes vs. Villains” theme.
'Where does your money go?'
Vantage West CU, Tucson, Ariz., spotlights community empowerment in its new campaign designed to encourage personal financial awareness. It features Tucson-based rapper Lando Chill who, in a spoken word performance, winds his way through streets and local businesses posing the question, “Where does your money go?”
Georgia United CU, Duluth, Ga., awarded a total of $27,500 to four high school seniors through scholarships named for the CU’s founder, Vernon E. Carne and notable board members Geraldine Tilson, Dorothy Dusenberry Pirkle and Polly Hinde. This marks Georgia United’s 24th year of awarding scholarships to deserving students.
Marking a somber 'Pi Day'
South Bay CU, Redondo Beach, Calif., combined what normally is a lighthearted celebration of Pi Day (March 14, or 3.14) with the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., by delivering 12 pies to staff at Redondo Union High School.
Ent Credit Union, Colorado Springs, awarded 33 Colorado nonprofit agencies a total of $100,000 through its 2018 Youth Endowment Series Grants program.
Financial literacy competition
More than 40 students from Dracut High School, Lowell HS and Nashua HS South joined hundreds of students from across the state to compete in the Massachusetts School Banking Association Spring Conference Competition. Students who participated in the competition from these high schools took a financial literacy class from Jeanne D’Arc CU, Lowell, Mass. Separately, the CU donated $1,500 to The Psychological Center.
$10K in scholarships awarded at annual meeting
Hughes FCU, Tucson, Ariz., announced another year of strong growth and the winners of its 13th annual scholarships at its 66th annual meeting, held at Amphitheater High School with approximately 400 member-owners in attendance. Five local high school student members received scholarship awards of $2,000 each.
The Bay Fit team representing Bay FCU, Capitola, Calif., won the Credit Union SacTown Run 5-kilometer Team Challenge in Sacramento, which saw 2,000 runners. The team raised almost $600 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In total, the Credit Union SacTown Run generated more than $230,000 for CMN this year.
Partner of the year, three years in a row
Tower FCU, Laurel, Md., was named “Credit Union Partner of the Year” by Frost Financial Services for the third year in a row. The recognition is due to the continued success of the Tower Car Buying Service, an online car buying service, powered by TrueCar.
St. Cloud FCU, St. Cloud, Minn., in partnership with Sartell High School, received The Simon Hellermann Philanthropy Award, which recognizes demonstrated excellence in credit union philanthropy and contributions to the CU movement in Minnesota.
Navy-Marine Corps relief donation
Friends of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization facilitated by Pen Air FCU, Pensacola, Fla., gave $40,000 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society of Pensacola at the 18th annual Friends of the NMCRS Charity Golf Tournament.
In Aurora, Colo., Aurora FCU had a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting for its new main office. Jeff Holler, AFCU’s president and CEO, Aurora City Councilmember Bob Roth and former Aurora Mayor Paul Tauer shared the honor of cutting the ribbon.
Active in athletics
San Diego County CU sponsored and participated in the 8th annual Credit Union SACTOWN Ten-Mile Run to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Separately, SDCCU was selected as the North Central Region Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, it announced sponsorships of the 2018 seasons for the San Diego Padres and Padres’ affiliate the Lake Elsinore Storm, and it served as the title sponsor of the 2018 SDCCU OC Marathon and Half Marathon.