#CUintheCommunity | Together Credit Union hosts 2nd annual Day of Giving
300+ employees volunteer for service projects benefitting 23 community organizations
ST. LOUIS, MO (November 13, 2019) — Recently, Together Credit Union hosted its second annual Day of Giving benefitting 23 local community organizations serving those in need in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. More than 300 employees volunteered for service projects such as cooking, cleaning, landscaping, warehouse sorting, painting, and spending quality time with veterans, the infirm due to illness and/or age, and adoptable pets.
“We all have had someone help us at one point in our lives. Being that person for others is not only a way we can personally give back, it is a way for us to build a better, stronger communities where we live and serve,” said Pier Yvette Alsup, Chief Community Engagement & Social Responsibility Officer.
In addition to service projects in the community, employee volunteers spent the day making more than 650 Book Buddy packs; 1,000 dental kits for kids and adults; 800 pet toys for dogs and cats; and 180 baby and pet blankets.
Kicking off the Credit Union’s Day of Giving was Kelly Jackson, anchor of the weekend morning edition of Today in St. Louis on KSDK and co-host of the McGraw Show on KTRS, who motivated volunteers as they headed to their service project destination. To thank Jackson, the Credit Union made a $500 donation to Needy Paws Rescue, one of several charitable organizations she passionately supports.
“You guys totally practice what you preach, which I love. There is a great need in St. Louis. Those that you serve today will really appreciate what you are doing,” said Jackson. “This donation will go towards their veterinary bills. Anything these dogs may need that fosters can’t afford out of their pocket. Every little bit helps and $500 will go a long way. They will so greatly appreciate this money.”
Additionally, all participating employees were entered into a raffle. Four names were drawn at random, and the Credit Union donated $250 to local organizations of their choice. The winners, and their chosen organizations, were:
- Arin B., Tenth Life Cat Rescue, which saves stray cats and kittens in the St. Louis area, prioritizing those with special needs.
- Kelly G., St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, which helps strengthen low-income families in the St. Louis region by ensuring access to an adequate supply of diapers, and by raising awareness about the causes and consequences of diaper need in our community.
- Lee Ann M., Tenth Life Cat Rescue
- Teronica W., All Among Us, which helps move individuals from generational poverty toward self-sufficiency.
“We know the power of volunteering. We know what that looks like, and I know that this year we are going to make a bigger and better impact,” added Alsup.
As part of the Credit Union’s 2019 community outreach endeavors, employees spent more than 975 hours in the community volunteering through the Credit Union’s employee volunteer program.
The Credit Union has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a 2019 Corporate Philanthropy Awards Finalist. Earlier in the year, the Credit Union was also awarded two regional CUNA Awards for demonstrating social responsibility, representing the credit union philosophy, and delivering financial education.
For more information regarding this announcement, please contact Julie Linder, Public Relations & Events Strategist, by calling (573) 268-0639.
About Together Credit Union
Together Credit Union has undergone significant change. We have moved from a product-focused organization to a member-centric organization. We rely heavily on feedback from our members and market data to invest in our communities strategically. This sustainable growth model is achieved by the hard work of every employee at Together, and because of them, I am here today,” noted Kraus.
Kraus will be honored at the Titan 100 awards celebration on April 18th at The Armory. For more information regarding this release, please contact Julie Linder, Brand Connections Manager, at 573-268-0639.