The Jackson Chapter of Credit Unions is pleased to announce their on-going collaborative efforts to support local charities and provide training opportunities for credit union employees. “Each year, the Jackson Chapter of Credit Unions adopts one local charity to support in a variety of ways…Our relationship with the Jackson Friendly Home was so positive and rewarding in 2009 and 2010, that we voted unanimously to make them our charity of choice for 2011,” said Jackson Chapter of Credit Unions President, Steve Cobb. “However, our contributions to charitable organizations does not end with the Friendly Home…we are pleased to support a variety of local and national programs throughout the year, including the Jackson Percussion Concussion and Exchange City.”
In August, the Chapter hosted a community golf outing with all proceeds being awarded to the Jackson Friendly Home for a total of $2,250.00! The group also raises funds for the Home in a variety of other creative ways throughout the year, including: employee dress down days, bake sales, household donation drives and much more! Additionally, several times a year, volunteer staff from area credit unions plan a themed lunch, donate all of the food, decorations and table ware, and even cook and serve the nice ladies at the Home…sometimes even providing entertainment. The mission of the Jackson Friendly Home is to provide low income housing to women of limited means in a safe, healthy, home-like atmosphere. The Friendly Home is a 501©3 Charitable organization and donation receipts are available for income tax purposes. To learn more, visit http://www.jacksonfriendlyhome.com/.
Additionally, the Jackson Chapter of Credit Unions has supported the Jackson Interfaith Shelter in 2011 by helping to clean toys, hosting a supply drive and serving food. A “Bass Sponsor” (top sponsorship) donation of $2,000 was made to the Jackson Percussion Concussion FUNdraiser, a battle of local area high school
drumlines which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Plus, the credit unions are challenging each other to match their $2,000 sponsorship for a total of $4,000.
The Chapter also donated $500 to Exchange City, a remarkable miniature city that allows students to obtain hands-on business and financial experience while governing, managing and operating the city for a day. By sponsoring the “Exchange City Credit Union,” the Chapter is able to help reach Michigan students, parents, and teachers with the important message that a credit union is a primary and trusted source of financial services. Exchange City is the largest hands-on educational program in the world and has served over 1 million students nationwide since its inception in 1980.
In addition to charitable donations, the Jackson Chapter of Credit Unions partner to provide important training opportunities for credit union employees. On September 25th, more than 180 credit union employees from Jackson and Marshall gathered for three mock robbery scenarios with the help of the Jackson County Special Response Team. “We were really trying to stress the procedures, the process, how we handle a robbery and protect our employees as much as possible, as well as working with law enforcement to make sure we are responding appropriately,” said Chrissy Siders, Vice President of Risk Management at CP Federal Credit Union.
Additionally, more than 250 credit union employees from Jackson gathered October 10th for a half day of service and philanthropy training by Zingerman’s Community of Busineses (ZCoB). ZCoB, rooted in the Ann Arbor community, shares the “Zingerman’s Experience” through one of eight Zingerman’s businesses, ZingTrain, with forward-thinking organizations from around the world. They bring their experience in training and organizational change to help clients understand and apply the real-life systems, tools and techniques used at Zingerman’s, so they can make meaningful, bottom-line-enhancing changes in their own organizations. During the second half of the day, credit union staff volunteered at numerous United Way- affiliated organizations in Jackson County.
The Jackson Chapter of Credit Unions is a cooperative group of local credit unions that work together to promote the credit union difference. Participating credit unions are: Aeroquip Credit Union, American 1 Federal Credit Union, CP Federal Credit Union, EECU - A Community Credit Union, Jackson City County Credit
Union, Jackson Community Credit Union, Lenco Credit Union, and South Central Credit Union. For more information contact your local credit union or visit lovemycreditunion.org for information on joining a credit union in your area.