Jessica McLean, Marketing Specialist
Educational Community Credit Union (ECCU) is proud to have been a sponsor of WKFR’s Backpack Give Back, a drive to collect school supplies for children in Southwest Michigan who otherwise wouldn’t have had what they needed to start the school year. Through donation boxes placed at each branch, ECCU collected hundreds of supplies which were distributed through Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring.
The school supplies collected by ECCU and other local businesses were given to the kids, known as “Littles,” who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Deb Buchholtz, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director said, “The Littles each received a backpack appropriate for their age and gender along with just about every school supply needed. Folders, notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, markers, paper… the list is very long. If the kids needed something, chances are it was in that backpack.” Buchholtz added, “We are grateful for the support of Educational Community Credit Union and all of the local businesses that donated, for making the backpack give-a-way possible. With this help, we were able to send our Littles back to school prepared for educational success.”
ECCU’s President and CEO, Charles Cornelius, said “I’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to the generous ECCU staff and membership who contributed to this year’s school supplies drive. Their participation and contributions definitely exemplify the credit union philosophy of people helping people, as well as helping to continue our ongoing support of the educational community.”
Established in 1935, ECCU has $377 million in assets and serves nearly 36,000 members in the greater educational community, including employees, students, teachers, faculty and their families throughout 21 counties in Michigan.