Credit Union of Texas donates $1.5 million toward new facility for Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County
New center will help serve up to 10,000 Collin County clients per year in the future
ALLEN, TX (December 16, 2020) —
As part of its ongoing commitment to the communities it serves, Credit Union of Texas (CUTX) has made a $1.5 million donation to Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. The donation, made as part of the Center’s $10 million capital campaign, is earmarked for the construction of an additional Children’s Advocacy Center facility in McKinney that will focus on supplying services to the residents of rapidly growing northern Collin County.
In 2019, the Children’s Advocacy Center provided support to nearly 4,000 clients throughout Collin County, and at the height of the COVID-19 quarantine, the Center’s assistance to families increased by 44%. These statistics, combined with research showing that Collin County is projected to triple in population by 2050 to 3.8 million residents, indicated the need for speedy development of a second facility, allowing the Center to accommodate up to 10,000 clients in the coming years.
“Credit Union of Texas measures our success by the positive impact we have on the communities we serve,” said Eric Pointer, CEO of CUTX. “Our financial commitment to Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County will make a difference in the wellbeing of the most vulnerable among us.”
In addition to helping fund the new center, CUTX’s long-standing, deep commitment to Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County includes regular team member volunteer hours for facility maintenance, cleaning of therapy and visitation rooms, as well as participation in the Center’s annual back-to-school fair and its Community Education initiative. CUTX is also the presenting sponsor for the Center’s annual fundraising gala and its “Candy Canes for Kids” holiday event, a beloved Collin County charity holiday toy drive that collects unwrapped toys and donations. An estimated 30-50 employees of CUTX annually commit over 150 volunteer hours per year to Children’s Advocacy Center initiatives and events.
“Strong partners like Credit Union of Texas that are willing to provide both financial and volunteer resources are vital to our sustainability and our success,” said Lynn McLean, CEO of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. “Credit Union of Texas’ significant donation helped us complete our capital campaign, allowing us to plan for the future and secure our long-term ability to support Collin County’s dynamic, growth-related needs.”
Construction for the new 44,000 square-foot facility is planned to begin Summer 2021, with the facility to be fully operational by Fall 2022. The new center will house more than 200 professionals, including law enforcement from the McKinney and Allen Police Departments, the Collin County Sheriff’s Offices, and representatives from Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) as well as forensic interviewers, family advocates and therapeutic counselors, all dedicated to clients in northern Collin County.
About Credit Union of Texas (CUTX)
For almost 100 years, Credit Union of Texas has provided financial services to members throughout North Texas. Living out its vision to deliver an unexpected experience, CUTX has grown to over $1.7 billion in assets. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or worships, or is related to a member in Dallas, Denton, Collin, Rockwall or Upshur and its surrounding counties. In the last year, CUTX was recognized with the Communities Foundation of Texas “Be in Good Company” Seal of Excellence, voted the Best Credit Union in DFW by the readers of The Dallas Morning News and named the winner of the Torch Awards for Ethics, Better Business Bureau Serving North Central Texas. For more information about CUTX, visit www.cutx.org.
About Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization providing hope to children and families victimized by child abuse. Our proven approach brings experts together under one roof to ensure safety and justice for children. We are the only agency in our community offering services critical to healing, free for life.