CREDIT UNIONS GIVE BACK
Hospital staff at Providence Hospital facilities throughout Oregon received a welcome
surprise when the $140 million Providence Federal Credit Union in Portland, Ore., sponsored
the delivery of free snack bags to thousands of caregivers over several recent weeks. The
sponsorship made it possible for the Providence Nutrition Departments at each location
to order, package and deliver 677 snack bags reaching approximately 6,925 hospital staff
working during the COVID- 19 pandemic.
The $2.9 billion First Community Credit Union in Chesterfield, Mo., supports local food trucks
and first responders during COVID- 19. As an essential business, First Community has been
working with local establishments to provide meals for their hardworking staff, and found
food trucks to be a great addition to its efforts. They operate with high food safety standards
on a regular basis and are able to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Employees were
able to gather outside, spaced apart, while waiting for food orders. First Community also
treated area first responders and neighboring essential businesses to lunch.
On April 22, 2020, Keith Sultemeier, president/CEO of the $4.4 billion Kinecta Federal Credit
Union in Manhattan Beach, Calif., along with several employees from the credit union, serve
free meals to more than 100 first responders in Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas.
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Mario Mejia, vice president of delivery channels for the $154 million, Alexandria, Va.-based
Democracy Federal Credit Union delivers masks to Prince George’s Hospital Center
in Cheverly, Md. The credit union donated 400 masks to three area hospitals, 1,200 in
total. Democracy recently launched an initiative to support its communities as part of
its COVID- 19 Community Give Back Program. Donations from the program will help local
communities receive support to help them combat the global crisis.
Jim Mears (top left), president/CEO of the $1.7 billion BayPort Credit Union in Newport
News, Va., presents a check for $150,000 to five local organizations helping Virginia’s
Hampton Roads community cope with the COVID- 19 pandemic. BayPort selected the
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula, Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Virginia Peninsula, Riverside Health System and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare to
receive support as part of its efforts in servicing the community during the pandemic.
The $544 million Peach State Federal Credit Union in Lawrenceville, Ga., donates $25,000
to local food banks to assist with the increased need brought on due to the coronavirus
pandemic. The credit union has been making quarterly donations to food banks in north
Georgia and southwestern South Carolina since 2014.