Principle Six: Concern for community. Credit unions work for the sustainable development of communities through policies developed and accepted by the members. Credit unions seek to achieve a greater good through responsible corporate citizenship.
(Editor's note: Family Trust FCU held its 7th annual golf tournament in May, raising $31,000 for three non-profit agencies in York County. The following guest post, written by David Carriker, shares the impact of Family Trust on one of those agencies - The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County.)
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. -- Muhammad Ali
You can choose to live your life in a manner that changes the world round you for good; you have made a good choice. You also can choose to bring others along to join you in that positive decision to make the world a better place; you have made a better choice. You can with others choose to make life better for those least able to stand against the tide of a harsh and challenging world; you then have made a best choice.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County reaches out to predominantly at-risk youth and teens because of a community that makes it possible by making best choices. Family Trust Federal Credit Union is a genuine leader in our community who leads the way in this “best choice” effort.
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County we serve youth and teens age 6 – 18 in after-school and out-of-school times during the academic year and summer. Our mission is to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens through a vision of providing a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
To reach that target requires the support of community leaders. Not just in words, but critically in actions. Family Trust Federal Credit Union has taken action to heart through their annual charity golf tournament.
Along with two other local youth serving non-profits, the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County expanded our mission by the proceeds from this annual event. For the Clubs we are able to provide scholarship support for children and teens whose families could not afford to send their children to a safe and fun summer camp.
Family Trust makes it possible for kids to swim, play, make new friends, learn, and do all this in a safe environment each summer. The youth and teen members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County have a best friend in Family Trust Federal Credit Union.
As President John Quincy Adams said, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” They lead the way.
David D. Carriker is the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County. Carriker's career demonstrates a lifetime commitment to non-profit leadership and management in areas pertaining to youth services and services to at-risk and disadvantaged people. He previously served as a regional vice president and regional director of development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. He has also worked in Christian schools in Charlotte, NC and Cobb County, GA. He began his career in the Salvation Army.
Carriker has been married to wife Susan for 35 years. The Carrikers have two grown daughters.