12 Days of Service: Greater Eastern Credit Union

Today we continue the celebration of 12 Days of Service with Greater Eastern Credit Union in Johnson City, Tennessee.

 The GECU Coat Drive will support school coat closets and homeless programs.

The GECU Coat Drive will support school coat closets and homeless programs.

Greater Eastern Credit Union was founded in 1952 to serve employees of the Mountain Home Veterans Administration Medical Center. Continuing in the tradition of service, GECU supports a coat drive every fall to collect coats and cash for area students through Title X homeless programs and school coat closets. This year, GECU collected 98 coats and $153 in cash.

12 Days of Service: St. Mary's Bank

Today we continue the 12 Days of Service celebration with the nation's first credit union, St. Mary's Bank, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

 Employees of St. Mary's Bank man the phones at the WZID Christmas is for Kids Radiothon to benefit Child and Family Services in New Hampshire.

Employees of St. Mary's Bank man the phones at the WZID Christmas is for Kids Radiothon to benefit Child and Family Services in New Hampshire.

 

Founded in 1908, St. Mary's Bank first opened in the same building that now houses the museum, with the intent to help primarily Franco-American millworkers get access to financial tools. Today, St. Mary's Bank continues the tradition of service through the WZID Christmas is for Kids Radiothon to benefit Child and Family Services, a statewide non-profit organization.

Child and Family Services will use the proceeds from this event in two ways:

  • To provide something under the tree
  • To support meaningful services that work to empower families, prevent abuse,  provide mental health counseling regardless of one’s ability to pay, provide summer camp for kids from low-income families, aid children in foster care, and extend our time of “boots on the ground” reaching out to homeless and at-risk youth throughout NH.

St. Mary's Bank continues to operate on one of its founding principle's by helping an organization that serves the underserved and focuses their attention on children, families, and individuals in New Hampshire.

12 Days of Service: My Community Credit Union

We continue our celebration of 12 Days of Service with My Community Credit Union in Midland, Texas.

 Employees of My Community Credit Union collected toys for "Santa" to deliver to neighborhood children.

Employees of My Community Credit Union collected toys for "Santa" to deliver to neighborhood children.

My Community Credit Union truly embraces the spirit of service through their work with their neighborhood Santa. Each year, My Community Credit Union collects toys for a member of the credit union who volunteers as Santa. He visits different neighborhoods in the community with his sleigh and passes out toys to children as they come out to see him. This year, the credit union collected over 430 toys for the kids of Midland, Texas.

12 Days of Service: Bronco Federal Credit Union

We continue our celebration of service today with Bronco Federal Credit Union in Franklin, Virginia.

 Bronco Federal Credit Union's Helping Hands display canned food donations from their summer food drive to support Franklin Cooperative Ministries.

Bronco Federal Credit Union's Helping Hands display canned food donations from their summer food drive to support Franklin Cooperative Ministries.

In January 2017, Bronco Federal Credit Union began the Bronco's Helping Hands, an initiative dedicated to serving its surrounding communities. In July 2017, Bronco's Helping Hands conducted a food drive to support the Franklin Cooperative Ministries. Food banks are most often remembered during the holidays, and Bronco's Helping Hands purposely held the food drive in the summer to help keep the food bank fully stocked all year long. Since 2014, Bronco has collected and donated over 20,000 pounds of food to Franklin Cooperative Ministries.

12 Days of Service: Red River Credit Union

We continue our 12 Days of Service celebration today with Red River Credit Union in Texarkana, Texas.

 Red River Credit Union continues the tradition of people helping people through the United Way Stuff a Bus Program.

Red River Credit Union continues the tradition of people helping people through the United Way Stuff a Bus Program.

Red River Credit Union was founded in 1943 by employees of Red River Army Depot, who saw that pooling their financial resources would benefit their community. Red River Credit Union continues this tradition of people helping people through the United Way Stuff a Bus Program. Each branch of the credit union collected crayons and donated them to the United Way to be placed in back packs that were stuffed with school supplies for children in need in their community. Red River Credit Union collected 2,369 boxes of crayons to fill every backpack for a child in need.

12 Days of Service: Scott Credit Union

Today we continue our celebration of service with Scott Credit Union in Edwardsville, Illinois.

 Scott Credit Union's Big Barkers Kidz Club mascot, Scotty, with participants of the "Money Wise" workshop.

Scott Credit Union's Big Barkers Kidz Club mascot, Scotty, with participants of the "Money Wise" workshop.

Founded in 1943, Scott Credit Union carries on the tradition of service through its partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. Scott Credit Union twice hosted a workshop in 2017 called "Money Wise," which combined the financial literacy activities from the Girl Scout handbook with financial education activities developed by Scott Credit Union. Daisies and Brownies who completed the workshop earned their financial literacy badges.

12: Days of Service: Members First Credit Union

Today we're kicking off a special series to celebrate a tenet of cooperative credit: "Not for profit, not for charity, but for service." Each day until Christmas, we will be highlighting a credit union and its story of service to shine a spotlight on how credit unions today continue to uphold this founding principle.

 Employees from Members First Credit Union in Manchester, NH celebrate service by supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Employees from Members First Credit Union in Manchester, NH celebrate service by supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

We are kicking off the series with Members First Credit Union of Manchester, New Hampshire. Like many credit unions, Members First was founded where there was a need by firefighter John Walsh in 1949 as the Manchester Municipal Employees Credit Union. Today, Members First Credit Union celebrates the spirit of service with a holiday toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Not only did Members First Credit Union host a donation center, the employees started a cash donation and were able to purchase an additional sixteen toys to contribute to the drive. That is a true demonstration of the tenet of service.