ICU Day in the Carolinas: a day of appreciation, service and connection
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Credit unions across the world joined in celebrating International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 17. This annual event, led by the World Council of Credit Unions and CUNA, celebrates the spirit of the global credit union movement as festivities raise awareness of credit unions through acts of community service, member appreciation, charitable fundraisers and more.
In the Carolinas, several credit unions and chapters marked the occasion, sharing their highlights on social media using the event hashtag, #ICUDay.
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Carolina Federal Credit Union tied ICU Day with its Member Appreciation Day, welcoming credit union members and special guests such as NC Rep. Kelly Hastings, Regional Rep. for Senator Thom Tillis’ Office Jordan Barnes, and Carolinas Credit Union League VP of Governmental Affairs Evelyn Hawthorne. Members and visitors were treated to a variety of sweet treats.
Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, MTC Federal Credit Union and Self-Help Credit Union also showed member appreciation, decorating branches and offering refreshing drinks and snacks, and themed-swag throughout the day.
In keeping with this year’s ICU Day theme of “Local Service. Global Reach.,” Local Government FCU employees were invited to make a world of difference close to home by joining in credit union-coordinated volunteer opportunities across North Carolina during the week of October 14.
From sorting food, pounding nails, and meeting with members, employees served at Salvation Army Family Stores, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Habitat for Humanity, and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and helped spruce up neighborhood parks.
“North Carolina communities are strong. And the volunteer time staff give — inside and outside of work — and the money raised for these worthy causes makes our communities that much stronger,” said LGFCU President, Mark Caverly. “We proud to support these efforts that help our communities thrive and grow.”
North Piedmont Chapter credit unions also came together for social good as they hosted an ICU “Day of Service” in Greensboro, NC. Participants enjoyed food, games, karaoke, prizes, and more. But at the heart of the occasion was the chance to give back to the youth.
During the Day of Service, staff from Acclaim FCU, American Partners FCU, Greensboro Municipal FCU, HealthShare CU, Premier FCU, Summit FCU, and Truliant FCU joined in filling fifty (50) backpacks with non-perishable food items in support of the Out of the Garden Project’s Operation Backpack program. All food items and backpacks were donated by North Piedmont Chapter members.
Out of the Garden partners with Guilford County schools and provides 1,900 students and their families with food to take home for the weekend every Friday. The goal of Operation Backpack is to ensure disadvantaged children, and their family unit, are fed over the weekend and ready to learn by Monday.
The Piedmont Chapter of Credit Unions had a “magical” time during their ICU Day event. Participants not only were wowed by Entertainer and Mind Reader Mark Obscura, but also felt the power of giving in the room as the chapter raised funds for Project 658.
Project 658 provides services for at-risk families in Charlotte, moving them toward sustainability; with a key focus on the international and refugee communities.
Through the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s new Community Grant Program for the chapter network, the Piedmont Chapter's initial donation was matched by the Foundation for a total of $1,500 donated to Project 658.
The Piedmont Chapter is one of two chapters to pilot the Foundation’s Community Grant Program, which is expected to launch officially in 2020. The purpose of the program is to bolster the chapter network’s fundraising efforts for local non-profits that support the youth in the Carolinas.
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The Northwest Chapter of Credit Unions hosted a CEO panel discussion to celebrate International Credit Union Day featuring Mark Curran of Lion’s Share FCU, Todd Hall of Truliant FCU, Mike Lord of State Employees’ CU, and Dion Williams of Piedmont Advantage CU.
Approximately 100 credit union employees attended, hearing panelist insight on subjects including career development, impact of a possible recession, and concerns and vision for the industry in the years ahead. Access to the event itself supported a good cause as those who donated at least two (2) canned goods for Second Harvest Food Bank gained free entry. The chapter also made its own donation of $801 to Second Harvest Food Bank.