International Credit Union Day 2019: Spokane Area Credit Unions Join Forces to Serve Low-Income Seniors
This week, dozens of volunteers will help revitalize the Mid-City Concerns Senior Center.
Volunteers from 19 credit unions across Spokane will demonstrate the Credit Union Movement’s “People Helping People” philosophy in a big way by helping senior citizens on International Credit Union Day (ICU Day). They’re rolling up their sleeves to spiff up the Mid-City Concerns Center and will deliver supplies to some seniors’ homes.
Since 1948, ICU Day has been recognized on the third Thursday of October to encourage reflection on the Credit Union Movement’s history, promote its achievements, and share member experiences. This year, ICU Day is Thursday, Oct. 17, with the theme, Local Service. Global Reach.
“International Credit Union Day truly shows the magic of how the collective spirit in action can do amazing things for our community,” said Traci McGlathery, Director of Community Relations at STCU. “This day is the epitome of people helping people, and we’re proud to be completing our fourth consecutive ICU Day project.”
Low-income seniors are one of the most vulnerable populations in the community. Mid-City Concerns Senior Center is vital to the local community, providing a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors who cope with inadequate housing or live below the federal poverty level.
Volunteers will help with kitchen cleaning, painting, and organization. Teams of volunteers will be making in-person visits to seniors identified by the organization to update their contact and emergency information and provide them with a bag filled with essentials seniors might need in an emergency.
“As we plan and accomplish our ICU Day project, I am humbled by the cooperative spirit in all of our local credit unions,” said Debie Keesee, President and CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union. “Our goal is 100% participation by all our credit unions, and once again this year, we expect to knock it out of the park! Mid-City Concerns and the seniors they support are the direct beneficiaries of credit unions working cooperatively in our community.”
In addition to volunteering time, the Spokane team worked hard to raise funds and other contributions to purchase a much-needed new utility van, which will be dedicated to the Center on ICU Day. The van will be used to help seniors get to and from the Center and will proudly feature “donated by Spokane area credit unions” on the sides.
A Helping Hand at MAXX
Thousands of credit union enthusiasts are in Spokane this week for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s MAXX Convention. Attendees at Thursday’s CUNA Management School Alumni and Credit Union Development Educator Breakfast will also participate in a special activity supporting the community project.
“We are honored to be centering our cooperative efforts on the low-income senior population in our community,” said Jodie Olsen, VP of Human Resources at Horizon Credit Union. “Partnering with and providing a nutritional as well as social lifeline to vulnerable seniors who cope with isolation, inadequate housing, and poverty is at the heart of our 2019 endeavor.”
The Northwest Credit Union Foundation is supporting the efforts of the Spokane-area credit unions on ICU Day by awarding them $5,000 toward their project.
“We greatly value the cooperative spirit of credit unions,” said Claire Hendrix, Foundation Program Director. “Their ability to work collaboratively across the Spokane area has made a considerable impact in their community.”
Elsewhere on ICU Day
There are many other activities taking place across the Northwest to mark the occasion. The Southwest Washington Chapter of Credit Unions is holding a “Credit Unions Care Day 2019” on Oct. 19, in both Clark and Cowlitz counties. Volunteers will be working on organizational projects and other tasks. There are many other member appreciation events and branch open houses scheduled, so please submit your ICU Day projects and plans to member news.
If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Vigil, Director, Cooperative Momentum at NWCUA.