Georgia United Credit Union Employees Doubles Last Year’s Support of the Homeless on the Presidents’ Day Holiday
Georgia United also announces new 2012 canned food drive in addition to established Annual Team Day Community Service effort to aid hungry and homeless in Georgia.
Duluth, GA – February 21, 2012 – Presidents’ Day may be a day off from work for many workers, but for more than 200 employees of Georgia United Credit Union it’s become a day to give back to the community. And, this year more so than ever before!
Since 2010, thousands of hungry and homeless Georgia residents have been aided through the volunteer efforts of credit union employees and members as a part of Georgia United’s annual TEAM Day of training and motivation. That first year, credit union employees donated 2,000 meal or personal care kits. This year Georgia United employees doubled the effort by assembling 2,000 meal kits and 2,000 personal care kits—a total of 4,000– to donate to the Gateway Center of Atlanta. The Gateway Center is Atlanta’s largest homeless services organization and has helped more than 40,000 homeless individuals over the last six years.
“We are a service organization,” said Georgia United President Warren Butler in discussing the original motivation, “It made perfect sense to use this opportunity to allow all our employees to take an active role serving others in our community.”
This year, with community need greater than ever before, Georgia United also used the day to launch “Reaching out, Giving Back—Help Georgia United Can Hunger”– a canned food drive encouraging all Georgia United Branches to collect canned food for local food banks in their area. The goal is to collect at least 4 tons of food (9,000+ cans) during the 2 month period following Team Day.
Team Day involved all credit union employees as well as the corporate support of others. “In preparation for this year’s TEAM Day service theme, we have reached out to others in our community to become involved and donate items,” added Butler. “For example, NewRoc Global Logistics in Conyers donated warehouse space for our materials and will assist with transportation. Rock-Tenn Corporation of Norcross donated 2,000 meal boxes and Coca Cola donated 2,000 bottles of Dasani water for the project. Although the Credit Union purchased the majority of the items and supplied the labor, it’s been great to see businesses come together for a worthy cause to help those who really need a helping hand.” A complete list of donors appears below.
SPECIAL THANKS to These Community Partners & Donors for their Contributions to The Gateway Community Service Project:
- NewRoc Global Logistics
- Professional Affairs
- Coca Cola
- Rock Tenn
- Weber Marketing
- Allied Solutions
- King Computers
- Lenders ProtectionJim & Nick’s
- Panera Bread
- Cross Pointe Community Church
The activity took place on February 20, at Cross Pointe Church’s Student Building at 1800 Satellite Boulevard, when the Georgia United Credit Union staff gathered to assemble the kits for donation that included pop top foods, snacks, apple sauce, bottled water, etc.) and personal care kits (washcloths, towels, razors, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) and then loaded them into boxes for delivery to the Gateway Center that afternoon.
About Georgia United Credit Union
Georgia United Credit Union is ranked as one of the top credit unions in Georgia with over $890 million in assets and sixteen branch locations. Their mission is to provide value-priced financial services to members. Georgia United Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) up to $250,000 per account.
Georgia United Credit Union serves employees and family members of all State of Georgia Agencies, over 450 companies, 10 county school systems, and the University of Georgia faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additional information may be located at georgiaunitedcu.org