On the Brighter Side
Credit unions are coming together to help their communities during these uncertain times. Of course, they are providing much-needed financial relief through a vast assortment of products and services. But, for credit unions, it’s about more than the money. It’s about community.
Here’s a few of the many ways our credit unions are making lives a little brighter during these dark times. Please share your story today at: https://www.ccua.org/cu-coronavirus-surve
On the Brighter Side
Athol Credit Union, Massachusetts
Athol Makes Masks for Local Healthcare Workers
Athol Credit Union is blessed to have a crafty staff person who is capable of sewing masks while in between servicing our members. ACU has supplied Cherri Pearson with a sewing machine and materials and we plan our first delivery to be to health care workers at Heywood Hospital
ATHOL CU Partners with LaunchSpace to Supply N95 Mask Covers to Healthcare Workers
Now it’s your turn to pay it forward! If you have new reusable grocery bags sitting in a storeroom, please donate a couple of cases to LaunchSpace. Your bags will be used to make covers for N-95 masks. The N95 face mask is a mandated piece of personal protective equipment that is used to protect the wearer from airborne particles that could transmit illnesses and diseases from person to person. The covers are a helpful tool to allow healthcare workers to extend the life of their required N95 masks.
Bellwether Community Credit Union, New Hampshire
Bellwether Community Credit Union Provides Free Dinners to Hospitals
Bellwether Community Credit Union recently donated free take-home dinners to local hospitals in the Manchester, Bedford and Nashua area to thank those on the front line for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ready-to-eat meals allowed hospital staff to have dinner prepared for their family when they get home letting them spend more time with their loved ones. Meals were prepared and delivered by Tidewater Catering of Manchester, which has donated the dinner rolls and waters at no cost.
“It was just something we could do to say thank you. We are so grateful for the hospital workers and medical staff who are putting others before themselves during this critical time, said Nathan Saller, President/CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union. “In the midst of this crisis, we support hospitals in the communities we serve by delivering these take-home dinners.”
“We wanted to ensure the hospital employees have one less thing to worry about and give them more precious time with their families when they are at home,” he added.
The credit union had more than 100 meals delivered to Catholic Medical Center, Elliot Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Hospital.
City of Boston Credit Union, Massachusetts
City of Boston Credit Union Thanks Staff for Staying Safe
The City of Boston Credit Union wants to show their appreciation to their very own financial first responders in the credit union’s City Hall branch! They are staying safe and practicing good physical distancing to continue working hard to serve their members and families! Please join the credit union in giving the team a huge THANK YOU!
City of Boston Credit Union Demonstrates Their “Resilience”
By Coleman Nee, City of Boston Credit Union
On Friday, May 22nd, the City of Boston Credit Union staff, management, and Board of Directors came together to demonstrate their “Resilience” throughout the current global pandemic! In a planned show of strength set for 11 am, members of the CBCU Board visited each of the Credit Union’s branches to take a picture with the branch staff sporting our new “Resilience” shirts from College Hype (https://www.collegehype.com/).
During these times it has been incredible to see the way our communities have banded together to support one another, but we are especially proud of our dedicated team members who continue to fulfill their role as essential service providers in an awe-inspiring way. This “Resilience” shirt from College Hype also demonstrates the strength of the City of Boston Credit Union and our dedication to our members! City of Boston Credit Union prides itself on our continued efforts to be there for our members, no matter the circumstance.
The proceeds of these “Resilience” shirts directly support local hospitals, including Boston Medical Center and South Shore Health, and their tremendous efforts to keep our communities healthy and safe. If you are able, please consider supporting the work of these hospitals by purchasing a Resilience shirt from College Hype or donating directly by visiting: https://resilience2020.us/
We also recommend that you check out the work of the Boston Resiliency Fund, which has raised over $30 million in support of City of Boston residents, first responders, and critical care providers, by visiting: https://www.boston.gov/departments/treasury/boston-resiliency-fund
To view a photo album from the day, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/BostonCreditUnion/posts/10159961548148916
Cooperative Credit Union Association
CCUA Shares Hand Wipes with Small Credit Unions
The Cooperative Credit Union Association received a shipment of 500 Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipes packets that had been ordered for the 2020 CU Marketplace Experience. Because the event was postponed to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the CCUA offered the wipe packets to our small credit unions to augment their efforts to protect their employees and members. We were humbled by the rapid response from our credit unions continuing to serve their members as the pandemic evolves. Although we had a limited supply of wipes, we gladly shared them with 51 credit unions throughout our four states to augment their preventive measures.
CCUA Brings Smiles to Local Nursing Homes - Donates hundreds of geraniums
As announced yesterday, the Cooperative Credit Union Association 2020 CU Marketplace Experience will be a virtual event. As with any event planning, however, you order early to be sure things are in place for the day of the show. With the event going virtual, the Association found itself with 160 Martha Washington Geraniums that would have been used to transform the DCU Center into an outdoor market.
An easy decision was made to donate them to two local nursing homes, Sterling Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Sterling, Mass., and Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, located in Gardner, Mass. We know the beautiful flowers will help brighten the moods of patients and staff alike.
Both facilities were thrilled to receive the floral donations and plan to get some of the patients involved in planting them throughout their grounds.
edU Federal Credit Union, Delaware
edU FCU Serves Lunch to Police & Fire Company - “We support all that you do and thank you for your service!”
Eagle One Federal Credit Union, Delaware
Eagle One Treats First Responders to Lunch
At Eagle One Federal Credit Union, their mission is “To be the leader among Credit Unions with a commitment to the changing needs of our members, their families, the community as a whole, and our staff."
Especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic supporting their community is important to them and they wanted to express their gratitude to their friends at the Claymont Fire Company by sending them lunch. The Claymont Fire Company is out on the front lines every day and continues to keep their community safe. Eagle One and the Claymont Fire Company have always had a great relationship, and the credit union is happy to be a part of this Claymont Community with them.
Eagle One also likes to support their local food establishments and purchased the catered lunch through Pat’s Pizza and Bistro, a local restaurant right in their Claymont, DE community.
Freedom Credit Union, Massahcusetts
Freedom CU Helps Local Hospitals; Feeds First Responders
Freedom Credit Union has donated $40,000 to their local hospitals: Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. In addition, they donated $5,000 to help ‘stuff the bus’ to "Feed the Fight”, a Peter Pan Bus Lines program. With delicious food supplied by the Bean Restaurant Group, the Peter Pan Bus delivers lunches to first responders and front-line workers throughout the Pioneer Valley.
Freedom CU Gives Employees a ‘Socially-Distanced’ Thank You from the Heart
“The senior team took our hand-made signs and visited all branches, the operations center and, of course, our main office to offer a socially distanced THANK YOU to our employees,” reports Freedom Credit Union’s Vice President of Retail Administration, Kara Herman.
“While we make a habit of supporting and thanking our members for their business, we wanted our employees to know that they are the true rock stars in our eyes right now. We appreciate their dedication to Freedom Credit Union and its members,” Herman continued. “Without a doubt we couldn’t do this without them!!!”
GFA Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts
GFA FCU Thanks Members; Treats Staff to Ice Cream & Bingo
At GFA Federal Credit Union, they are keeping members up to date via a prominent page on their website, social media, and email communication. They are also sending out thank you notes with each and every drive-up transaction - wishing their members to be safe and well. Each branch also designed and colored large THANK YOU signs to display at their drive-up location to thank front-line health care workers.
The credit union is extending their skip-a-pay program to two months versus one; has created a 1.99% 12-month personal loan and is VERY actively working with the SBA to secure low-cost loans for their members. Their in-house SBA team works nights and weekends to help business owners find peace of mind.
GFA employees are able to dress down every day, work with rotating schedules, and have enjoyed playing COVID-19 BINGO and an ‘ANTI-SOCIAL’ ice cream social!
Greylock Credit Union, Masachusetts
Greylock Helps Members Around the World
We have helped defer members as far south as Florida and as far west as Oregon. We have received requests in Spanish. We have deferred loans for members quarantined overseas, one in Thailand and the other in Colombia. The members seeking deferments, are business owners, waiters, school workers, home health aides, tradesmen, dentists, folks in retail, and lawyers. Many members are shedding tears of relief as they are being told their payments are being deferred.
Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts
Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation Donates $5,000 to MA COVID Relief
Hanscom Federal Credit Union Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hanscom FCU, has donated $5,000 to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has raised a combined $25 million to date to support Massachusetts residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation has committed $10,000 to aid efforts designed to help those who are suffering from the economic impact of the disease outbreak.
The Fund, launched by Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker and the One8 Foundation, will support communities hit hardest by the pandemic, including the food insecure, frontline healthcare workers, those with disabilities, and the homeless.
Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation provides resources to worthy charitable causes, supporting our community by marshaling both human and financial resources and providing assistance where it can do the most good for the community. These objectives, combined with supporting members’ mutual interest in social welfare and betterment of quality of life, capture the Foundation’s ethos of “People Helping People.”
The Foundation relies on donations and volunteerism to continue its work in the community, both in times of crisis and calm. To learn more about how you can support the Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation and the many causes it champions, visit www.hfcucharity.org.
Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation Donates $5,000 to End Hunger
Hanscom Federal Credit Union Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hanscom FCU, has donated $5,000 to the Project CommUNITY: 5X5 Food Drive in support of The Greater Boston Food Bank. The Foundation has committed $10,000 to aid efforts designed to help those who are suffering from the economic impact of the disease outbreak.
The virtual food drive has raised over $3 million to provide meals for those struggling with food insecurity and hunger, especially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. With each dollar providing three meals, the cumulative efforts of this drive will provide over 9 million meals at a time when The Greater Boston Food Bank is seeing more demand than ever before.
Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation’s provides resources to worthy charitable causes, supporting our community by marshaling both human and financial resources and providing assistance where it can do the most good for the community. These objectives, combined with supporting members’ mutual interest in social welfare and betterment of quality of life, capture the Foundation’s ethos of “People Helping People.”
The Foundation relies on donations and volunteerism to continue its work in the community, both in times of crisis and calm. To learn more about how you can support the Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation and the many causes it champions, visit www.hfcucharity.org.
Harvard University Employees Credit Union, Massachusetts
Harvard University Employees Credit Union Keeps Members Focused on Finances
Harvard University Employees Credit Union has been working hard to keep their community informed, engaged and up-to-date with the credit union, including hosting bi-weekly virtual Town Hall webinars for members, presented by the HUECU Senior Team. During the webinars, HUECU has heard directly from members regarding their concerns and needs, kept the members informed of new products, and provided them with financial best practices during these times. Members have had questions about mortgage refinancing rates, skip-a-payment options, and hardship loan applications.
HUECU will host a community-wide Money Chat: Pandemic Edition webinar on Friday, May 1st at noon to talk about resources available to the community during this crisis and to learn more about their community’s needs.
HUECU has continued to utilize the blog to post relevant updates about financial stress, scams, and money management. Finding creative ways to educate members, HUECU recently gave members the opportunity to enter a raffle by taking a quiz that covered information presented on a recent blog article.
HUECU has also made a $20,000 donation to support the Greater Boston Food Bank, Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Fund, Boston Resiliency Fund, and City of Cambridge Disaster Relief Fund. HUECU is encouraging the community to support these, and other credible organizations, through monetary donations and essential supplies.
Holy Rosary Credit Union, New Hampshire
HRCU staff are using their personal talents to brighten staff and members days. Gil Tolley and Garrett Moore of HRCU’s IT department created this video: “Be Happy”. In addition, the credit union has rolled out the 2020 Spring Games internally to have a little fun and are using “Be Happy” as the anthem.
Put a Smile on Your Face!
Click the picture above to watch the HRCU 'Be Happy' Video today!
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, Massachusetts
Jeanne D’Arc’s We Share a Common Thread Foundation Pays It Forward
To support local restaurants during their time of hardship, Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union’s We Share A Common Thread Foundation recently hosted #ThankYouThursday. All their local branches and departments each ordered take out from a local restaurant in their area to help pay it forward. All costs were covered by the generosity of Jeanne D’Arc’s Executive Team. The WSACT Foundation also sent checks to five local Food Pantries to help provide COVID-19 relief to their communities.
Liberty Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts
NOSH Feeds Souls and Heroes
NOSH (Nourishing Our Scituate Heroes) has arisen out of a family’s wish to do something to help in the current crisis our world faces; and in response to the awe-inspiring courage that our healthcare workers and first responders demonstrate each day they walk into work. The idea of collecting donations that would be used to purchase gift cards from local restaurants to thank local essential employees and first responders of Scituate, Mass., was presented to Liberty Bay Credit Union President/CEO Lyn Matteson. Matteson responded by pledging $5,000 to kick off the event and arranging for the funds to be held and distributed by Liberty Bay Credit Union.
NOSH gives us a chance to thank those who are sacrificing so much, including time with their families, in order to help and protect ours. It is a way for the community to stay connected while physically apart. Donations may be made via the NOSH GoFundMe page. Families, friends and neighbors of eligible healthcare workers and first responders apply online for a gift card at a participating restaurant and receive the gift card via email. NOSH sends the funds directly to the restaurant, thereby “feeding” the business.
Merrimack Valley Credit Union, Massachusetts
Merrimack Valley Credit Union Launches Fundraising Effort to Feed Frontline Hospital Workers and Support Local Restaurants
Organization will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, to purchase meals from local restaurants for the staff at Lawrence General Hospital
During these unprecedented times, Merrimack Valley Credit Union is donating money and raising additional funding to help two groups that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in different ways: those who work in health care on the front line and those in the restaurant industry. Through its new "Feed the Frontline" program, Merrimack Valley Credit Union is encouraging community members to donate what they can to purchase meals from local restaurants for the hardworking health care professionals at Lawrence General Hospital. Merrimack Valley Credit Union will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, until fundraising concludes on April 30, 2020.
“When the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic became clear, we created several programs to help our members weather this financial storm – but we knew there was more we could do to help the larger community,” said John Howard, President/CEO, Merrimack Valley Credit Union. “With our new ‘Feed the Frontline’ program, we can provide community support to two groups of people who have been greatly impacted by the pandemic in very different ways; health care professionals who need nourishment and local restaurants who need continued business.”
Merrimack Valley Credit Union created a Go Fund Me page where members of the community can make donations through April 30. These donations will be pooled together, along with the organization’s funds, to purchase meals on multiple days from local restaurants for the dedicated staff at Lawrence General Hospital. Over the course of the program, Merrimack Valley Credit Union will order from several restaurants that follow the food and delivery guidelines put in place by the hospital.
“Our employees are working tremendously hard to expand our critical care capabilities in response to COVID-19. Their dedication and grace under pressure is on full display as they selflessly care for a growing number of coronavirus patients,” said Kelly MacLean Clark, Chief Development Officer, Lawrence General Hospital. “We are so appreciative of the support we have received from the community, especially from partners like Merrimack Valley Credit Union. The organization’s effort to not only feed our heroic workforce, but support local restaurants, means the world to our team.”
For more information about the Feed the Frontline program, or to donate, visit www.mvcu.com.
Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Members Provide 1,700 Meals to Frontline Workers -Raises $15,000 to feed frontline workers at Lawrence General Hospital
Harnessing the power of a caring community, Merrimack Valley Credit Union and members contributed $15,000 to help two groups that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic: those who work in healthcare on the front line and those in the restaurant industry. Through its “Feed the Frontline” program, Merrimack Valley Credit Union used the funds to purchase 1,700 meals from seven local restaurants for the hardworking healthcare professionals at Lawrence General Hospital.
“As the fight against the coronavirus stretched resources and shuttered businesses, we at Merrimack Valley Credit Union knew we could do more to help our community,” said John Howard, President/CEO, Merrimack Valley Credit Union. “We were so impressed to see such an overwhelming response from community members, raising $5,000 for our ‘Feed the Frontline’ program. We decided to double our contribution to $10,000, bringing our grand total to $15,000.”
Merrimack Valley Credit Union utilized the funds to purchase 1,700 meals from local restaurants, including Merrimack Valley Credit Union members Essex Street Grille in Haverhill, Salvatore’s and Romano’s Pizzeria in Lawrence, and Buono Bistro in North Andover. The organization also purchased meals from Borelli’s in Methuen, and Perfecto’s Caffe and Pipe Dream Cupcakes in North Andover. Each restaurant delivered meals to Lawrence General Hospital on an assigned day, spreading the kind gesture out over the course of two weeks.
“Our employees have worked tremendously hard over the past two months to respond to the growing COVID-19 crisis,” said Kelly MacLean Clark, Chief Development Officer, Lawrence General Hospital. “We appreciate the support we have received from Merrimack Valley Credit Union. The organization’s efforts to donate meals for our employees has reminded them of the compassionate community that is thinking of them during these trying times.”
“Everyone at Romano’s is thankful we could participate in the ‘Feed the Frontline’ program with Merrimack Valley Credit Union, providing meals for healthcare workers,” said Constance Francisco, Owner, Romano’s Pizzeria. “My niece is a registered nurse at Lawrence General Hospital, and I know how hard they are all working. It’s an honor to do whatever we can to help them.”
For more information about the "Feed the Frontline" program, visit www.mvcu.com.
Metro Credit Union, Massachusetts
Metro Credit Union Donates 5,000 N95 Masks to Partners Healthcare Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Commonwealth’s Largest State-Chartered Credit Union Takes Action to Protect Members, Employees
Metro Credit Union, Massachusetts’ largest state-chartered credit union, has donated 5,000 N95 masks to Partners HealthCare amid the coronavirus crisis. The masks will be distributed to Partners institutions, which include Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Hope Medical Center, a 1,000-bed medical center for those recovering from Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), among others. The single use masks were stored as part of a business continuity plan implemented by Metro in the event of an emergency. With the increased need and decreased supply of Personal Protective Equipment across Massachusetts, Metro President/CEO Robert Cashman decided unequivocally that the masks would be best used in the hands of the state’s front-line responders.
Metro has also taken the necessary steps to protect the safety of its more than 225,000 members and 340 employees. Immediately following Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Stay at Home Advisory on March 23, Metro closed its 14 branch offices – reopening those without drive-ups to appointment only and those with drive-ups to be staffed with trained Metro employees in protective gear. All branch employees have been provided with masks, gloves, sanitizer, and Plexiglas guards to protect both themselves and the members with whom they interact.
Additionally, after deploying more than 200 laptops to its back-office employees, the entire Metro organization was set up to work remotely within two weeks without any disruption to business activity. While these remote employees will not interact directly with Metro members, Cashman arranged for each to receive a hand-made mask in the mail to increase the safety of both the employee and their families.
“At Metro, we are in the business of helping other people,” said Cashman. “As our nation and specifically the communities we serve face such troubling times, it is a privilege to be able to help ease the burden of our partners, members, and employees in some small way.”
Metro Credit Union Donates $5,000 to the One Chelsea Fund - Supports families and individuals financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic
Metro Credit Union, Massachusetts’ largest state-chartered credit union, has donated $5,000 to the One Chelsea Fund to support families and individuals financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Chelsea, home to Metro’s corporate headquarters, has the highest incidence rate of COVID-19 cases in the state. City and community leaders from non-profit organizations The Chelsea Collaborative, GreenRoots, and The Neighborhood Developers are in the process of distributing the funds to residents in need of financial support.
“Metro has been – and will always be – in the business of helping other people,” said Robert Cashman, Metro’s President/CEO. “As we grapple with the tragedy unfolding all around us, it’s important to us that members of our community have the financial resources they need to help survive these challenging times.”
Metro has demonstrated continued support for Chelsea and its residents in the past, donating more than $45,000 to Chelsea organizations in 2019.
“We are honored to have the steadfast support of Metro Credit Union, especially at this time when our neighbors are facing unprecedented hardship,” said Gladys Vega, Executive Director, the Chelsea Collaborative. “Metro’s donation will go to the One Chelsea Fund for our emergency response efforts and will go a long way to ensure our community is fed, housed, and receives the information they need to recover from this devastating virus."
To sign up for assistance from the One Chelsea Fund, or to donate, please visit here.
Mills42 Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts
Mills42 Federal Credit Union Uplifts Through Acts of Kindness
When times are tough, the leadership of a few can help an entire community rise up. Thanks to the team at Mills42 Federal Credit Union, a number of individuals under the most financial stress right now have received unexpected help. Currently, Mills42 is awarding 100 Market Basket gift cards worth $10,000 in all.
This giveaway benefits members of Mills42 who are experiencing the most adverse economic impacts of COVID-19—especially families struggling to put food on the table.
“After getting feedback from local charities, we found the quickest way to help our community was through food,” says Carla Rasetta, President/CEO of Mills42 FCU.
The gift card giveaway was funded by a grant from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) that Mills42 applied for. It’s just one of many acts of kindness Mills42 has spearheaded since the start of the pandemic.
Rasetta and her team also prepared 118 federal income tax returns at no charge for low-income individuals and families, resulting in more than $500,000 in refunds; donated $1,000 to Budget Buddies, a nonprofit providing financial literacy programming and individualized coaching to low-income women; made a $1,000 meals donation to Lowell Transitional Living Center, which provides the most vulnerable adults in the Lowell community with shelter, showers, laundry and food; and surprised 40 random senior shoppers at Market Basket with $25 gift cards.
“We’re passionate about nonprofits and acts of service that closely align with the community that we try to help build from here,” says Rasetta. “Ultimately, we want to make somebody feel like today is a good day.”
Naveo Credit Union, Massachusetts
Naveo Credit Union Helps Protect Local Healthcare Workers
Naveo donated $1,000 to its neighbor Artisan's Asylum - a non-profit community workshop focused on teaching, learning and practicing fabrication - to purchase materials to fabricate personal protective equipment such as masks, shields and protective gowns. The much-needed PPE will be distributed to local healthcare workers.
More about this story (including a video) can be found at facebook.com/naveocu
Naveo CU Supports Local Business; Provides Frontline Staff with Face Masks
Naveo Credit Union purchased handmade cloth face masks for its retail staff from our small local business (and next-door neighbor) 4GoodVibes. They were even kind enough to drop off the masks at the branch! 4Goodvibes is donating one mask for every mask purchased - Naveo is proud to support local small businesses and proud to partner with our neighbors to give back to our frontline workers!
Naveo Credit Union Donates Over $6,000 to Benefit their Neighbors and Local Organizations
Naveo Credit Union donated over $6,000 during the month of April to benefit their neighbors and local organizations affected by COVID-19. Donations were made to support the most vulnerable individuals in the community and the organizations that provide these services.
With the suspension of nearly all events, many of the local non-profits and organizations Naveo typically supports are facing challenges in raising much-needed funds. These funds are essential to keep services that support seniors, those without enough food and more running. Naveo made several contributions to long-term partners of theirs such as Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers and the Somerville Homeless Coalition, as well as relief funds established by the cities of Cambridge and Somerville to assist those most-affected by COVID-19. Naveo made sure to take care of local healthcare workers as well, purchasing masks and sanitizer from local vendors that give back to healthcare workers. In addition, Naveo donated coffee from local coffee shop 1369 to healthcare workers at Cambridge Health Alliance.
“It is a privilege to join many compassionate organizations in our communities in lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need during these anxious times,” commented Albert Pinho, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Naveo Credit Union. “We appreciate the continuing patronage of our members, who make it possible for Naveo to support the great work of our local municipal and philanthropic agencies.”
New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, New Hampshire
Business "As Usual" in Unusual Times: CU Curbside!
The times are certainly unusual as we all navigate our "new normal." We hear daily messaging about how to stay safe and still go about our lives only doing what's necessary with limited social contact. At New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, we know your financial wellness is important, and we are here for you - just in a different way. That's why we've implemented an old-school technique to adhere to the social distancing recommendations of the CDC. CU Curbside at 70 Airport Road in Concord, and 71 Calef Highway in Lee, is now in effect -- here's what it looks like! (Pictured in his car curbside in Lee is member Bert Allenth, as he meets with Soupy Leuasouvanh)
New Hampshire FCU Kicks off Feed the Need Community Challenge for Meals-on-Wheels Services in NH
Before COVID-19, seniors living alone visited with friends at a local senior center for hot, nutritious meals and socialization. Those less active received daily visits providing social contact and important safety and nutrition check-ins by qualified meals drivers.
Since COVID-19, hundreds of seniors have been home alone with little to no human contact, no hot meal deliveries or visits – instead, they’ve been receiving a packet of five meals to last a week. And fear of illness has added to anxiety for many.
While the climate is uncertain moving forward, it’s certain that seniors’ needs will escalate as we enter the fall and winter months. The Meals-on-Wheels programs are seeing more private donations as their key fundraisers have been set aside thanks to social distancing requirements.
New Hampshire Federal Credit Union has issued a community challenge to ensure these important services continue for senior friends and neighbors. All contributions will feed the need for at-risk seniors in Merrimack, Belknap and Strafford counties and NHFCU is matching dollar for dollar to make an even larger impact.
The funds raised will help the Community Action Program Belknap/Merrimack counties and Strafford County Meals-on-Wheels feed the need for meal preparations, delivery and for items needed by these agencies.
Northeast Credit Union, New Hampshire
Northeast Credit Union Launches ‘Virtual Community Center’ to Promote Healthy Activities and Positivity During Pandemic
Northeast Credit Union’s ‘Virtual Community Center’ launched this week as part of their Love Your Community Project (The LYC), a movement dedicated to celebrating goodness and encouraging people to practice humanity in their everyday lives to build stronger, kinder communities.
Northeast’s ‘Virtual Community Center,’ located online at https://thelyc.com/communitycenter/ aims to help community members who are doing their part to “flatten the curve” by staying home during the pandemic. This feel-good site offers fun activities and healthy ways to make this time spent together meaningful and manageable. Categories include: Eating Well, Education, Entertainment, Hanging In, Helping Out and Wellness. The Love Your Community Project (The LYC) also hosts contests and asks for visitors to share their kindness stories to uplift and inspire others.
“It’s times like these that we need to do our part in celebrating goodness and finding silver linings. While we are focused on being here for our members, and supporting their financial needs during this pandemic, we also believe it is our responsibility to celebrate the helpers, promote positivity, and give hope to so many who are feeling a bit lost. The Love Your Community Project and our Virtual Community Center will bring some light to people’s lives; we encourage you to take a few minutes of your day and explore this wonderful resource,” explains Timothy J. Collia, President/CEO of Northeast Credit Union.
Northeast Credit Union Commits $120K to Support Local Nonprofits Community Through COVID-19 Recovery
Through its Love Your Community project, Northeast Credit Union will donate $20K per month for next six months.
Responding to the significant economic impact the COVID-19 public health crisis has had on northern New England’s local communities, Northeast Credit Union announced that it will donate $120,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Maine and New Hampshire over the next six months.
Starting in June, Northeast Credit Union will donate $20,000 per month for the six months to at least 60 nonprofit organizations across the region. Called the Love Your Community Awards, this philanthropic initiative is part of Northeast Credit Union’s region-wide Love Your Community Project, which aims to encourage people to practice kindness in their everyday lives.
“For more than 80 years, Northeast Credit Union has always looked for every opportunity to give back to the communities we serve, and our commitment to supporting our friends and neighbors across the region is as strong as ever,” said Northeast Credit Union President/CEO Timothy J. Collia. “We are proud to play our part in helping northern New England recover from this unprecedented crisis, and we applaud the local nonprofit community for their tireless dedication to providing support to those who need it most.”
Recipients of Northeast Credit Union’s Love Your Community Awards will be decided through monthly public voting processes. Nonprofit organizations can apply online at www.TheLYC.com, and finalists will be posted online. Residents of Maine and New Hampshire vote for their favorite organizations, and – at the end of each month – Northeast Credit Union will make donations to the 10 organizations that receive the most votes. Increments of funding will range from $500 - $5,000.
The application window for June’s voting process is currently live on www.TheLYC.com. Winners will be announced during the first week of every month.
Pioneer Valley Federal Cedit Union, Massachusetts
Pioneer Valley FCU Helps Baystate Health Fund to Help Support First Responders
At Pioneer Valley Federal Credit Union, one of the SEGs they proudly serve is Baystate Health, which is the largest hospital (and one of the largest employers) in Western Massachusetts. PVCU donated $10,000 to Baystate Health Fund for greatest needs. The Fund is used to support their team, including ensuring their staff has necessary PPE to remain safe while treating patients with the COVID-19 virus.
Revere Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts
When One Door Closes – Open a Window!
Since 1962, Revere Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union (Revere CU) has served City of Revere and Town of Winthrop employees, along with students of Revere or Winthrop Public Schools, and their families from an office in Revere’s City Hall. When city offices closed to the public due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, Revere CU’s Manager John Kingston, knew he had to figure out a way to help members with deposits and withdrawals.
According to Kingston, “I noticed a window which I never noticed before near one of the doors which we primarily use to enter and exit the building. With the help of the custodial and maintenance staff, we were able to get the window open and secured. Although not state of the art, it works! It is a safe and low-cost way to help our members. I am extremely thankful for the custodial and maintenance staff who helped me make this possible. They jumped at the chance to help me, realizing they were helping their fellow co-workers and their families." Kingston added, “Life to me is about people helping people! Their help is the real story to me!”
Revere Municipal Employees FCU Pays It Forward
When Revere Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union learned that City café workers preparing meals for disadvantaged neighbors had exhausted their supply of antiseptic wipes, CEO John Kingston jumped into action. He promptly shared some of the wipes the credit union had recently received from the Cooperative Credit Union Association; which originally were purchased for events cancelled due to the pandemic. The credit union has also surprised members at their new ‘walk-up’ window with ceramic car coasters.
RTN Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts
RTN Donates $7,500 to Brigham and Women’s Hospital COVID-19 Response Fund
RTN Federal Credit Union has donated $7,500 to Brigham and Women’s Hospital through the Brigham COVID-19 Response Fund. The Brigham is one of RTN’s employer groups, and RTN serves as the Credit Union for Brigham employees.
Contributions to the Brigham COVID-19 Response Fund support the Hospital’s ongoing work to solve COVID-19 -- providing a continuum of care for patients and families, protecting caregivers and staff on the frontlines, supporting the most vulnerable members of the community, and fueling innovative science that will increase testing and treatment capabilities.
“We are here to support our healthcare institutions and the healthcare heroes working on the frontlines of this crisis, many of whom are our members,” says RTN CEO/Treasurer Richard Wright. “We continue to uphold our commitment to keep our staff and members safe while maintaining business continuity to ensure we serve all our members.”
According to Susan Rapple, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “We are grateful to RTN for their unwavering support of the Brigham during this most critical time in our history. We are all in this together and with the continued support of our Brigham community, we will emerge stronger.”
RTN Donates Lunch to Waltham First Responders
This week, RTN Federal Credit Union donated and had lunch delivered to Waltham Police and Waltham Firefighters. The lunch was a token of appreciation to thank Waltham First Responders for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to welcome City of Waltham employees to RTN following the Waltham Municipal Employees Credit Union merger with RTN earlier this year.
In support of local business owners, RTN partnered with two Waltham restaurants to provide and deliver the sandwiches.
“We want to express our deep gratitude to First Responders in the City of Waltham who are heroes working on the front lines to help people and especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says RTN Executive Vice President Nicole James. “We also welcome former Waltham Municipal Employee Credit Union members to the RTN family and are proud to deepen our community connections in Waltham.”
St. Anne’s Credit Union, Massachusetts
St. Anne’s Credit Union Partners with other Financial Institutions to Donate Thousands of Medical Masks to Local Hospitals
During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Anne’s continues to demonstrate their commitment to the community by offering assistance – and thanks – to those that need it the most: the first responders. St. Anne’s, in partnership with Taunton Federal Credit Union, BankFive, New Bedford Credit Union and other local financial institutions are supporting local hospitals – including Saint Anne’s Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital - by donating thousands of much-needed masks in order to provide safety and support to physicians and nurses on the front lines of care.
“Giving back to the communities that we are a part of is at the core of our business. Our Credit Union is not a building or a business, its people unified for a common goal,” said Eileen M. Danahey, President/CEO of St. Anne’s Credit Union. “Our organization has a deep bond with the communities we serve, and we feel a profound sense of gratitude for the healthcare workers. Over the past few months we have seen countless acts of bravery and sacrifice from these essential workers and feel it is our duty as good corporate citizens to give them our full support. Through our cooperative donation, it is our hope that we can help limit the spread of this virus and ease the burden on local medical personnel."
St. Mary's Bank, New Hampshire
St. Mary's Bank Donates 1,500 N95 Masks to Catholic Medical Center
St. Mary's Bank donated 1,500 N95 masks to Catholic Medical Center in support of #HealthcareHeroes on the frontlines who are taking risks for all of us in the fight against COVID-19.
St. Mary’s Bank Employee Leads Coworkers in Getting Crafty for a Good Cause
When St. Mary’s Bank employee Shirley Bhutto started a crochet club at work last January, she had no idea that she’d soon have more than 20 coworkers hooked on making hats and ‘lapghans’ – afghans sized for laps - for area hospitals and nursing homes. Stitching is still going strong despite the constraints of social distancing.
“We just finished making 100 hats for newborns that will go Catholic Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital this week,” said Bhutto, who is St. Mary’s Bank’s director of ERM and compliance. “Employees are still making hats and ‘lapghans’ at home and dropping them off.”
“It is little acts of kindness like this that make a huge difference for families welcoming a baby into this world – especially during these difficult times,” said Nicole Pendenza, Catholic Medical Center Director of Maternal, Child and Women’s Health. “We’re so excited to share this effort with our families and remind them that the community cares about them and their new arrival. We truly appreciate the generosity of St. Mary’s crochet club.”
Bhutto, who learned how to crochet at age 10, started a crochet club for charity at St. Mary’s Bank when some of her staff showed interest in learning the centuries-old craft. The club quickly expanded, with weekly lunch-time meetings becoming a social outlet for both new and experienced crocheters. Bhutto took it upon herself to coordinate projects for donation on behalf of St. Mary’s Bank.
“Shirley has turned a personal creative passion into a hands-on and inclusive volunteer opportunity that embodies the credit union mission of ‘people helping people’,” said Pamela Roy, St. Mary’s Bank’s senior vice president and director of human resources. “Even those who don’t crochet have gotten involved, donating crochet hooks and yarn to help out.”
“It's been great for employees from all areas and levels of the credit union to get together for an hour each week, to talk and learn a skill that helps you relax,” said Bhutto. “Some employees have noted they feel very ‘Zen’ while crocheting.”
Bhutto credits that aspect of crocheting for the club’s continued productivity even in quarantine.
St. Mary's Credit Union, Massachusetts
St. Mary’s Credit Union Donates $10,000 to Marlborough Food Pantry to Help Local Families in Need
St. Mary’s Credit Union has made a $10,000 donation to the United Way of Tri County’s Marlborough Community Cupboard, to assist those in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“St. Mary’s Credit Union is committed to being here for our members, and the communities we serve. The need right now is so high; we wanted to put together a program to support our communities. Our $250 donation [per closed mortgage] program does exactly that. When someone closes their refinance or purchase with us, we put the money right back in our communities. That is the credit union way, people helping people,” said James Garvey, President/CEO of St. Mary’s Credit Union.
St. Mary’s $250 Program commits that for every mortgage closing from April 17 through June 30, 2020, St. Mary’s Credit Union will donate $250 to a local food bank, up to a total of $20,000. To learn more about the program, visit the mortgage page at stmaryscu.org.
St. Mary’s Credit Union Donates Additional $10,000 to Food Pantry to Help Local Families in Need
St. Mary’s Credit Union has made a second $10,000 donation to the United Way of Tri-County’s Food Bank, to assist those in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“St. Mary’s Credit Union continues in their commitment to be here for our members and the communities we serve. The need at both of the United Way of Tri-County’s two food banks, the Marlborough Community Cupboard and the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café in Framingham, is so high right now we put together a program to support our communities. Our $250 donation [per closed mortgage] program did exactly that. When someone closed their mortgage with us, we put the money right back in our communities. It can’t be said enough that having programs like this is the credit union way, people helping people,” said Nicole Curtin, Senior Vice President, Marketing for St. Mary’s Credit Union.
On April 17, St. Mary’s committed to donate $250 for every mortgage closing through June 30. This second $10,000 donation brought the total to $20,000. To learn more about St. Mary’s Credit Union, visit our website at stmaryscu.org.
UMass Five College Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts
UMassFive Donates Meals to Groups Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
The Log Rolling catering van was recently seen making several special deliveries at local food banks and hospitals in central and western Massachusetts, as UMassFive College Federal Credit Union (UMassFive) reached out to support community members and health care workers heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the latest entry in a long-standing collaborative relationship with the Amherst Survival Center, UMassFive sponsored 150 portions of chicken pot pie (made fresh and delivered by Log Cabin Rolling) to be served at the Amherst Survival Center daily community meal. During the pandemic, Amherst Survival has adapted to continue providing many of its services amidst social distancing requirements. The community meals are now provided in a ‘to-go’ model, serving participants outside in the parking lot.
In appreciation of health care workers, UMassFive also sponsored the delivery of 200 meals to Emergency Room staff, split between Springfield’s Mercy Medical Center, and Worcester’s UMass Memorial Medical Center. Understanding that health care workers aren’t able to sit and reheat a hot meal these days, Log Rolling Catering curated and delivered bagged meals with sandwiches, fruit, chips, and a dessert. These meals were delivered to the staff at lunchtime, with extra meals to support the next shift as well.
UMassFive, which has branch offices at both hospital locations, wanted show support to the frontline health care workers they serve by providing a meal. “We were looking for a way to support health care workers and our most vulnerable community members in these trying times,” said Craig Boivin, Vice President of Marketing at UMassFive. “Working with Log Cabin Rolling allowed us to do that while simultaneously supporting a great local business. It was a win-win!”
In addition, UMassFive has pledged $1,000 to the Food Bank of Western MA and donated another $1,000 to the local farming non-profit, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). CISA will use the funds as part of their Emergency Farm Fund, which provides zero-interest loans to local farms.
UMassFive members who wish to lend their own helping hand to their communities can participate via the credit union’s Buzz Points program, through which UMassFive has facilitated charitable donation options benefiting the Food Bank of Western MA, and the Amherst Survival Center.
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