Meriwest Credit Union Supplies Family Giving Tree

Greg Meyer
Meriwest Credit Union
Community Relations Manager
Direct Line: 408-365-6328                                             

The first day of school is one of the most anticipated and anxiety-ridden days for children everywhere. For many students and parents in these tough economic times, providing the tools need for a better education can be a challenge. For some, these emotions are often exacerbated by starting the school year without the right tools – the pencils and pens, notebooks, crayons, protractor, rulers, and paper that parents will have packed in their children’s backpack. And for others, even having a backpack could pose a challenge. To support our community’s disadvantaged, Meriwest Credit Union was pleased to deliver nearly 400 lbs. of school supplies and $340 for Family Giving Tree’s “Back to School Drive”. Collected by Meriwest Credit Union and Meriwest Mortgage staff along with generous donations provided by Credit Union members, these supplies, will be used by the Family Giving Tree organization to fill back packs for hundreds of underprivileged children within the community. 

“Many children in our community are likely to start the school year without basic school supplies because their families either can’t afford them and schools may be unable to provide them.  This puts these children at a great disadvantage and limits their opportunity for educational success.” said Christopher Owen, President and CEO of Meriwest Credit Union. “I admire the effort put forth by our staff and members to fill the collection boxes in our branches with critical school supplies. When our children benefit, we all benefit.”

“The Family Giving Tree is so grateful to Meriwest Credit Union for their support of the Back to School Drive.” said Jeanne Clabaugh, Development Director for the Family Giving Tree. “Their large donation of school supplies will help hundreds of very low income students arrive to school prepared to learn and succeed!  The backpacks and school supplies will be used and appreciated the entire school year.”


About Meriwest Credit Union

Meriwest Credit Union, one of Silicon Valley’s largest and established financial institutions, has been providing proactive, personal, convenient and innovative financial services to nearly 90,000 businesses and families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Tucson, Arizona, for more than 49 years. More information can be found at


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