Canvas Credit Union delivers school supplies and smiles

Canvas donates backpacks filled with school supplies to Denver area fifth graders

DENVER, CO (December 5, 2018) — Canvas Credit Union was one of 22 credit unions nationwide to participate in CO-OP Financial Services 2018 Back to School drive, delivering over 1,150 backpacks filled with school supplies to schools in need. The Canvas team volunteered time in October to fill 100 backpacks with necessary learning tools, such as pencils, notebooks, erasers, rulers, and more. The filled packs were then delivered and presented to each fifth grader at Richard T. Castro Elementary School in Denver.

Students from Castro Elementary School check out the school supplies included in a free backpack donated by Canvas Credit Union and CO-OP Financial Services during their Back to School Drive in November.

“We hope that these school supplies will be of benefit to the fifth grade students at Castro Elementary,” said Malcolm Johnson, Canvas Credit Union’s Director of Public Relations and Community Involvement. “Something as simple as free school supplies can mean the world to a family that is struggling financially.”

Financial struggles can take a physical toll on students and their families. “It truly is an amazing opportunity that this donation provides,” said Dr. Robert D. Villarreal, the Principal at Castro Elementary School. “Not only to Castro, but to each fifth grader on an individual level.” According to Villarreal, 100% of the students at Castro Elementary School qualify for a free lunch program. Many families have a combined income of only $32,000 a year to support a family of four.

“Our Canvas employees were able to visit Castro Elementary to see, first-hand, the positive impact they are making with the fifth grade students,” said Johnson.  “It warmed our hearts to see a smile on the face of each student as they received their new backpack and school supplies, and we are pleased and humbled to support the students and faculty at Castro Elementary.”

About Canvas Credit Union

Canvas Credit Union is a safe and insured financial institution with over $4.5 billion in assets and more than 297,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile banking options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 85 years, Canvas currently has 35 branches and is well recognized for its people, its heart, and its commitment to community.

About CO-OP Financial Services (

CO-OP Financial Services is a payments and financial technology company whose mission is ensuring the success of the credit union movement. CO-OP payments solutions, engagement services and strategic counsel help credit unions optimize member experiences to consistently provide seamless, personalized multi-channel offerings, while delivering secure, sophisticated fraud mitigation service.


Andy Boian
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