League gives back with $50k donation to Carolinas CU Foundation
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Donation will help bring camp-style activities to hospitalized children, families via Reach.
COLUMBIA, SC and RALEIGH, NC--The Carolinas Credit Union League (CCUL) Board of Directors on Thursday, February 11 voted unanimously to contribute an unrestricted $50,000 to the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, demonstrating the association's continued dedication to credit union communities throughout both states.
"The Carolinas Credit Union League is a family of credit unions, and it is important that we give back in ways that are meaningful to all of them," CCUL President/CEO John Radebaugh said of the board decision. "To us, the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is just as its name implies: the solid base on which we connect with people through heartfelt, effective programs."
The Carolinas Foundation will attribute the funds directly to the Reach program, which brings to children in local hospitals and their families in local Ronald McDonald Houses the Victory Junction experience. Reach is an extension of Victory Junction and the Carolinas' rich history with the summer camp. Victory Junction challenges children with serious medical conditions to try things they never imagined possible, free from the confines of their illnesses or disabilities. Credit union support for Victory Junction over the last decade exceeds $2 million.
"Because of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, the Reach program has grown a lot and expanded our visits across the Carolinas," said camp founder Richard Petty. "They have been our partners for a long time and have really shown their commitment to Victory Junction. Their donations are making a huge difference for the children and families we serve, and we're really thankful for their contributions."
In 2015 the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation made its largest-ever pledge to Victory Junction of $800,000. The commitment enables Victory Junction to deliver its camp experience year-round throughout the Carolinas for four years. Last year, more than 4,200 children experienced the uplifting Reach program.
“With the League's gracious support, credit unions are one step closer to our $800,000 pledge to fund Victory Junction’s Reach program through 2018. Credit unions are bringing positive experiences to children and families in local communities," CCUF President Lauren Whaley said. "Illnesses and hospital stays are stressful and trying, so helping bring a smile to each child’s face is what Reach is all about.”
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation mission is to enrich the lives of children in the Carolinas. Foundation fundraising initiatives over the years have addressed educational opportunities and other programs of benefit to young citizens. With support from credit unions in the Carolinas, the Foundation promotes credit unions' "people helping people" philosophy through those initiatives, plus youth scholarship opportunities, professional development assistance for credit union staff and volunteers, and disaster relief support for credit union communities. The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1994.
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Co-founded by Kyle Petty in honor of his son, Adam Petty, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. Victory Junction offers programs for a range of disease groups and maintains strong relationships with more than 30 partner hospitals. Victory Junction’s mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment, always free of charge. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. Since the camp’s inception, more than 23,300 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children. Victory Junction is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network of Camps founded by Paul Newman, and is accredited by the rigorous guidelines of the American Camping Association. Learn more at www.victoryjunction.org.