14 Community News
CREDIT UNIONS GIVE BACK
Angelina Mikityuk, a third-year medical student at UC Davis Medical School shows off the
scholarship check awarded to her by the $3 billion SAFE Credit Union in Folsom, Calif. Medical
school students on average graduate with around $200,000 in student loan debt, a heavy load
to bear as they enter the medical field in their thirties. That debt can affect where they choose
to work and in which disciplines, and delay their other important life decisions such as buying a
home and starting a family. SAFE’s pillars of philanthropy include health care and education, and
this scholarship combines both missions by assisting a medical student who will in turn share
their expertise with the Greater Sacramento community.
Staff from the $2.7 billion Robins Financial Credit Union in Warner Robins, Ga., present the
toys collected from their toy drive to Toys for Tots. Robins Financial partnered with the
Georgia State Patrol for the toy drive. Approximately 355 toys were collected at Robins
Financial locations across central Georgia during the months of November and December.
Students at Upper Dublin High School test their budgeting skills at a financial reality fair
sponsored by the $2.3 billion TruMark Financial Credit Union in Fort Washington, Penn.
More than 300 students attended the event on Dec. 11, 2019. Students chose a career and
completed a budget worksheet, and were required to visit 14 booths to make spending
decisions on necessities such as housing, transportation, food, clothing, insurance and
other categories within their budget.
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Employees from the $2.7 billion First Community Credit Union in Chesterfield, Mo., shop for
Christmas presents to donate to Nurses for Newborns. Each year, the credit union holds a
week-long drive to raise money for the organization. With all the money raised, the credit
union was able to provide Christmas presents, necessities like wipes and toiletries, and a
$3,500 donation to Nurses for Newborns. Nurses for Newborns provides a safety net for
families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing
in-home nursing visits that promote health care, education and positive parenting skills.
Representatives from 11 nonprofits serving Utah and Southern Nevada accept $10,000
donations from the $11.5 billion America First Credit Union in Riverdale, Utah. As part
of the credit union’s Community Assistance Program, the credit union recognized
each of the nonprofits at an annual event celebrating nonprofits. The local nonprofits
recognized were: Cathedral of Madeleine Good Samaritan Program, Catholic
Community Services Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, Christmas Box International, Food
& Care Coalition, For the Kids, Safe Nest Shelter, Lantern House, The Road Home, Three
Square Food Bank, Your Community Connection of Northern Utah and The Logan Family
Katherine Scales (right), branch manager for the $397 million Pelican State Credit Union in Baton
Rouge, La., presents a $250 check to Lorie Hollins (left), the winner of the Classroom Bulletin
Board Contest. The credit union gave a total of $3,050 for school supplies to 11 schoolteachers in
each of its branch parishes during its annual Classroom Bulletin Board Contest.