WSECU Members Dig Deep for Nonprofit Farm

Click above to watch a video of WSECU members in action.

Dozens of WSECU members dug their hands into the rich soils of their community one day near the end of April. For their first ever Member Volunteer Day, the credit union invited their members to volunteer with GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty), an Olympia nonprofit rooted in farming and gardening.

GRuB’s motto is, “Growing healthy food, people, and communities.” From its central community farm, the organization impacts youth and families across Thurston and Mason counties.

WSECU volunteers dug rows, weeded, planted seeds and fertilized. The work is not only a helping hand to the hardworking GRuB staff, but it introduces new community members to the organization’s work.

“WSECU members often talk about the credit union feeling like a family or a community,” Ann Flannigan, vice president of public relations for WSECU, told Thurston Talk. “This volunteer effort really affirms that. I think there is pride in getting together with your ‘family’ to do something good for others. We’re also excited to showcase the work of GRuB and have people learn about this tremendous organization.”

Kerensa Mabwa, community engagement coordinator for GRuB, worked alongside the volunteers and chatted with them throughout the day.

“GRuB is a community based organization, so we rely heavily on community support,” she said. “To have businesses partner with us really bolsters what we do with youth and family enrichment.”

WSECU members who attended the event were unanimously positive. They chatted with each other about their own gardens and commented about how good it felt to “play in the dirt” and support a worthy organization.

WSECU President and CEO Kevin Foster-Keddie got dirty right alongside the members.

“It’s really easy to write a check,” he told Thurston Talk. “It’s much harder to find the organizations that really work, and work with them and figure out what they really need. You have to have conversations. You have to have meetings. When we find an organization, a group that fits us and we can see is really effective, like GRuB, we really get behind them. We’re all in.”

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, jpearson@nwcua.org.

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