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Special Olympics Rhode Island

Through a variety of events and activities, the Credit Unions of Rhode Island Social Responsibility Committee provides a vehicle through which the credit unions can combine resources to address the needs of more than 4,000 children and adults with intellectual disabitities who participate in Special Olympics Rhode Island. 

For more than 20 years, Credit Unions of Rhode Island have sponsored a variety of successful fundraising events including annual golf and bowling tournaments for Special Olympics Rhode Island. In addition, the credit unions send a large contingent to the Special Olympics RI Summer Games, held at the University of Rhode Island. At the event, credit union volunteers help to organize athletes that are competing in track events. The volunteers always remark that they feel it was a privilege to participate in the event.

The reason for the lasting success of the relationship between the Credit Unions of Rhode Island and Special Olympics Rhode Island is a shared commitment to service. The mission statement of Special Olympics Rhode Island clearly states that commitment:

"The mission of Special Olympics Rhode Island is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community."

To learn more about Special Olympics Rhode Island, please visit

Watch a special webcast celebrating Credit Unions of Rhode Island donating over $1.3 Million to Special Olympics Rhode Island

Credit Unions of Rhode Island Social Responsibility Fundraising Activities Include:

  • SORI Inspire Greatness Calendar Raffle
  • "Stike for Gold" Bowling Tournament
  • Sweenors Chocolate Bars
  • CUs of Rhode Island Charity Golf Tournament
  • Annual Convention Silent Auction
  • Individual Credit Union Initiatives/Personal Donations

Other Activities Include: 

  • SORI Summer Games - June 4, 2022

Credit Union Recognition Program:

The Social Responsibility Committee established a special program that recognizes all credit unions that reach a fundraising goal for the year. The fundraising goals are as follow:  Bronze Level - $100-$499; Silver Level - $500-$2,499; Gold Level - $2,500-$4,999; Platinum Level - $5,000-$9,999; and Titanium Level - $10,000. In addition, one credit union is recognized as the top fundraising credit union of the year and receives a special plaque to be displayed at the credit union for the year. The top fundraising credit union is determined by the most dollars raised on a per member basis (Source: National Credit Union Administration 5300 December Data). All contributions are included in the recognition program.