‘Intervening’ to make an impact

West Virginia Credit Unions collaborated to fund the School Intervention Program at WVU Medicine Children’s.

Providing the best care to any child who needs it and building healthier futures for children is the mission of WVU Medicine Children’s. The hospital strives to care for each child’s physical, mental and emotional health. Missing out on normal happenings such as outdoor activities, daily routines and especially school work can contribute to poorer mental and physical health for a child. Back in 2018, WVU Medicine Children’s started the School Intervention Program, a program to keep children who are experiencing an extended stay at the hospital up with school work. Funding for the School Intervention Program was provided by Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids), a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions across the country engaged in fundraising activities to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals).

“When a child spends time in the hospital we want to focus on their entire well being and that includes their education. Missing school can be detrimental and add another hurdle to a child’s recovery,” said Amy Bush, Chief Administrative Officer. “Through the tremendous support of the entire West Virginia Credit Union League, we are able to help lighten that burden, through the Credit Union Learning school intervention program. Their dedication is helping produce positive outcomes that will benefit these children far after they leave the hospital”, stated Bush.

Fairmont Federal Credit Union

At the beginning of a wonderful partnership between West Virginia credit unions and WVU Medicine Children’s was Fairmont Federal Credit Union, who donated $6,000 to kick off the fundraising. Since their founding in 1939, Fairmont Federal has been committed to the credit union philosophy of people helping people. With 5 of the counties they serve surrounding the children’s hospital, being able to give back to the community by donating to the School Intervention Program has been rewarding and fulfilling for both employees and community members. Through the initial seed money, Fairmont Federal provided iPads and other materials to help the children get started with the continued education. Members of the credit union have come to expect involvement with CU4Kids and CMN Hospitals through past campaigns such as change jars in branches, the Chain of Hearts campaign, balloon sales and more.


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