Local credit unions come together to support Watson Children’s Shelter

HELENA, MT (November 18, 2019) — On November 7, HYPE — Harnessing Young Professional Energy, the official young professionals group of Montana’s Credit Unions (MCU) — presented a $2,506 check to the Watson Children’s Shelter in Missoula. The funds were raised at MCU’s annual fall conference, which was in Missoula this year.

Credit unions operate on the principle of people helping people and embrace the common objectives of helping those around them achieve a better life for themselves and supporting the communities they serve. To that end, HYPE organized and hosted a fun night of trivia for credit union professionals who attended MCU’s fall conference to raise funds for Watson Children’s. The successful fundraiser showcases HYPE’s commitment to creating a better future for Montanans.

“This donation impacts our children in more ways than one,” said Angie Doucette, development director at Watson Children’s Shelter. “The holidays are especially busy for us. These credit unions coming together to support our organization makes our mission possible and helps us provide the care and support that every child in our community deserves. We are so grateful for this generous contribution.”

Watson Children’s Shelter serves Montana by creating a safe haven for children in need. They offer shelter, clothing, home-cooked meals, and other basic necessities that children require to experience and enjoy childhood. In 2018 the non-profit provided support to 111 children from around the state.

“I am thankful each and every day that I’m part of the credit union world where we believe in people over profit,” said Kelsey Wegley, HYPE Committee member and teller supervisor at Horizon Credit Union. “The only way we can make our community, state, and world a better place is by being a positive influence and helping inspire others to give back to those around them.”

“These young professionals are shaping the future of our industry,” said Kara Connors, director of administrative services at Montana’s Credit Unions. “As we choose different locations across the state to host our annual conference, we dedicate time to give back to that local area. Whether it’s large or small, these efforts make a difference and it is fun to see these young professionals come together and get excited about these community efforts.”

About Montana’s Credit Unions

Montana’s Credit Unions is the statewide trade association working to ensure the success,  growth, and vitality of Montana credit unions. As not-for-profit financial institutions, credit  unions give back to the communities they serve as part of the credit union philosophy. 


Michelle Skinner
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