Mountain America Credit Union Funds Shoe Drive for Preschoolers in Idaho

Earlier this month, in partnership with Operation Warm, Mountain America Credit Union donated a pair of shoes and socks to every single preschooler attending the Head Start and Early Intervention programs in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25.

In Pocatello, Idaho, 18.5% of residents live in poverty, which is well above the national average of 10.5%. Operation Warm’s Warm Soles program provides confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand-new shoes.

“We see so many kids who have never had brand-new shoes of their own,” says Michael Andrews, Operation Warm Manager of Partnerships for the Intermountain West. “The kids we help aren’t just getting a pair of shoes. They are walking away with a gift of confidence and hope, knowing we care and want the best for them.”

This past February, the credit union, which is based in Sandy, Utah and has branches across Idaho, worked with Operation Warm to donate 2,200 new winter coats to students in Southeast Idaho.

As a proud sponsor of Idaho State Athletics, Mountain America committed to donating to a charity for every three-pointer and first-down completed by the Idaho State men’s basketball and football teams, respectively, during the past three seasons. This season, Mountain America selected Operation Warm as the recipient of its charitable program. On May 4, the credit union presented a check for $10,000 to Operation Warm for the 2021 football season, funding the shoe drive for Pocatello Head Start and Early Intervention programs.

“Mountain America is pleased to support Operation Warm in providing shoes and socks for preschoolers in Pocatello,” said Sterling Nielsen, President and CEO. “We hope these shoes help them enjoy a summer of adventures, staying healthy and active. Operation Warm is an amazing organization making a difference in so many children’s lives.”

Watch the heartwarming video below:

Editor’s note: Credit unions are staunch supporters of the invaluable work nonprofit organizations do in their communities. According to the data collected by the NWCUA’s Community Impact Reporting Tool (CIRT), during just the first half of 2020, Northwest credit unions contributed $7.1 million to local charities. This year’s CIRT survey is now open, and credit unions are encouraged to share more of their COVID-19 impact with NWCUA. Documenting this great work helps move the needle on key credit union priorities and initiatives, both at the state and federal level. Learn more and complete the survey here.

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