Great Lakes Credit Union helps to make the holidays magical

BANNOCKBURN, IL (December 21, 2017) — As the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”! While this is true for many families, Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is aware that for some, this is simply not the case. To help those in need this Christmas season, GLCU’s branches partnered with 11 local charitable organizations to donate more than $2,200 in food, clothing, toiletries, toys and other holiday and non-holiday essentials.

“This time of year is about giving back to the community; the best feeling in the world is to give and to give happily. We’re making a big difference in the lives of so many people and I am happy to be a part of it all.” – Nicholas Mager, GLCU’s Community Development Supervisor.

Each Branch Manager worked closely with their Community Development team to research local charitable causes to support this holiday season. The chosen organizations and branches listed below are:

  • Open Arms Mission (Antioch)
  • Village of Bolingbrook
  • Together We Cope (Country Club Hills)
  • The Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center
  • Warren Township Center (Gurnee)
  • Bridge Communities (Naperville)
  • Maristella (North Chicago)
  • P.L.A.N. (Round Lake Beach)
  • The Salvation Army Waukegan Corps Community Center
  • Community Action Agency (Woodstock)
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank (Zion)

To learn more about this initiative and other ways GLCU gives back to its communities, please visit

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Grace Szajowska (Crystal Lake Branch Manager), Erica Carrillo (Gurnee Branch Manager) and Terri Spriggs (Country Club Hills Branch Manager) with their donations for the Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center, Warren Township Center, and the Together We Cope charities, respectively.

About Great Lakes Credit Union

Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Northern Illinois, GLCU is committed to financial empowerment for you. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative with over $1 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve more than 80,000 members in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives and community development programs at


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