CREDIT UNIONS GIVE BACK
Shelia Scott (left), community financial education and business development officer at the
$750 million LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., explains to high school senior Emma Granger that giving
back to her community is an important value to consider when creating a budget. At their
January fair, 10 LAFCU employees and several Lansing Christian School faculty members
provided one-on-one guidance to students tasked with creating real-life financial budgets.
Using estimated salaries based on pre-selected careers as well as assigned credit scores,
students visited 12 booths to identify expenses likely to be incurred when living independently.
Emily Testa (second from right), a second grade student at George D. Ryder Elementary
School in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District in Cobleskill, N. Y., visits
99.5 The River. The $335 million First New York Federal Credit Union in Albany, N. Y, treated
Testa like a millionaire for a day, which included an on-air interview with 99.5 The River on
Facebook Live. The credit union has been teaching thousands of area students for years to
save their money through its KID$ (Keep Investing Dollars Savings) Program. To celebrate
the students’ success, the credit union randomly selected a school banker to be treated
like a millionaire. As the millionaire for a day, Testa and her classmates were treated to a
pizza lunch and ice cream social. She also received a backpack full of school supplies, a gift
certificate to Dave and Busters and a millionaire T-shirt.
Members and employees from Bay Federal Credit Union in Capitola, Calif., display the results
of the money they raised for the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive. Thanks to
Second Harvest’s partnerships with farmers, retailers and food bank networks, this translates
into 74,762 healthy meals for families in Santa Cruz County. Members and employees also
donated non-perishable food items to Second Harvest food barrels at each location during
the food drive. Bay Federal has supported Second Harvest Food Bank for 22 years.
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The $9.3 billion Mountain America Credit Union in Sandy, Utah donated 70 computers to
Salt Lake Community College students through a new program that provides computers to
students who can’t purchase one on their own. Pictured is Tim Mugridge, 56 (second from
right), receiving a donated computer. He is the oldest student at the Redwood Campus, a
freshman working on his film degree and a disabled Army veteran. The students receiving
the computers have spent long hours in the computer lab or relied on public computers to
complete homework assignments.
Executives from the $4.6 billion Desert Financial Credit Union in Phoenix and representatives
from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrate the announcement of a $3
million planned donation to the hospital’s 1 Darn Cool School Program. From left to right
are Jeff Meshey, president/CEO for Desert Financial; Tim Harrison, vice president of
corporate partnerships and special events for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation;
Ron Amstutz, EVP for Desert Financial; and Susan O’Donnell, manager, corporate account
management for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Melanie Dupard (left), member and guest relations officer; and Jeffrey K. Conrad (right),
president/CEO for the $396 million Pelican State Credit Union in Baton Rouge, La., present
the 2019’s Pelican Perseverance and Heart for Service award winner Morgan Setliff with
a $2,000 scholarship check. In 12 years, Pelican State’s scholarship program has awarded
more than $80,000 to high school graduates across the state of Louisiana. Pelican State
plans to award $15,000 in college scholarships in 2020.