International Communitas Award for Excellence in Community Service presented to PSECU

HARRISBURG, PA (April 18, 2018)PSECU, Pennsylvania’s largest credit union, was recently announced as a 2018 winner of the international Communitas Awards. The winning nomination, in the award’s Excellence in Community Service: Philanthropy category, was based on PSECU’s 2017 Hunger Action Month campaign benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

“Credit unions, like PSECU, are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that exist to serve their members. Jointly, credit unions follow a ‘people helping people’ philosophy, which basically means that we aim to create a positive impact for our members and our communities – not corporate shareholders – in all we do. It’s what sets us apart from banks,” said PSECU President Greg Smith. “Our 2017 Hunger Action Month campaign is just one example of the ways PSECU serves Pennsylvania residents. We’re honored to receive such esteemed recognition for our contributions to help to end hunger. These efforts are representative of the many good-will initiatives of fellow credit unions around the world.”

The Communitas Awards are presented to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals that are unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and those that are changing how they do business to benefit their communities. Winners are located throughout the world and include such recognizable companies as MasterCard, Honeywell, Dow Chemical, Toyota, and Vonage.

During September 2017, PSECU and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank teamed up to raise awareness and resources during Hunger Action Month. As part of the collaboration, PSECU served as the presenting sponsor of several initiatives highlighting the issue of hunger in Pennsylvania and spurring community action. Contributions included financial support of events, the food bank’s annual Hunger Heroes awards, and contribution matching in a first-ever virtual food drive. View PSECU’s 2018 Communitas Philanthropy Award Summary to learn more.

Joe Arthur, Executive Director of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, said: “Our 2017 Hunger Action Month was a huge awareness-raising success, in large part due to the generous sponsorship of PSECU and the work of their amazing team. This 2017 effort took our long-time partnership with PSECU to an even higher level and helped launch a very successful fundraising season.”

“Our judges found that PSECU clearly exhibits the spirit of communitas, a Latin word that means people coming together for the good of a community,” explained a letter to the credit union from Communitas Awards announcing the award receipt. “PSECU joins other Communitas winners recognized for specific programs involving volunteerism, philanthropy or ethical, sustainable business practices.”

“PSECU is proud to serve Pennsylvanians each and every day, not only with our high-quality products and services, but through our active involvement in the community,” said PSECU Vice President of Marketing and Membership Development Barb Bowker. “We’re committed to promoting the collective welfare and interest of everyone within our reach. Our dedication consists of volunteer participation, financial education programs, sponsorships – like our support of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month programming – and charitable contributions.”

The full list Communitas Awards winners is available at

The Communitas Award, a shiny die-cast statuette with
sliver and green leaves, is a symbol of peace and harmony.


Opened in 1934, PSECU was founded by 22 ordinary people who pooled $90 and made an extraordinary commitment to each other: To create a financial institution where collective resources benefit all members. Today, PSECU continues that legacy as Pennsylvania’s digital-first credit union, with $8 billion in assets, an economic impact of over $700 million, more than 590,000 members, and a convenient anytime, anywhere banking model. For more information about PSECU, visit PSECU has been recognized as a Best-In-State Credit Union by Forbes, a Best Credit Union by GOBankingRates, a Best Bank by, and one of America’s Best Banks by Newsweek. View its Year In Review to learn how PSECU contributes to the greater good. 


Kate Moyer
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