Suncoast Credit Union employees volunteer 1140 hours in one day
TALLAHASSEE, FL (October 22, 2015) — Suncoast Credit Union announces the impact of its second annual company-wide day of employee volunteerism. On this year’s “Pay It Forward Day,” 851 employees, family members and friends volunteered at 45 nonprofit organizations across the 17 counties that Suncoast serves. The total time volunteered on October 17 was 1140 hours, valued at $24,635.40.
To further the reach of employees’ efforts, Suncoast held a social media contest wherein employees who posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SuncoastGivesBack were automatically entered to win $500 for the nonprofit organization of their choice. The three winning employees chose to donate to the American Cancer Society, Bethel Temple Assembly of God and Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc.
“Taking the time on a Saturday to be out in our communities was a reminder of the tremendous power of giving,” says Susan Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at Suncoast Credit Union. “Our mission is to improve lives, and expanding the impact of the organizations that are vital to our communities is one of many ways we achieve that.”
Employees chose where to give their time on the day, with some volunteering individually and some in groups. The nonprofits spanned a wide range, including eight animal shelters, seven education organizations, six home building projects, six police and fire departments, five nursing homes, five faith-based organizations serving the homeless, three road and beach cleanups, two children’s hospitals, two hospices, two community centers, a domestic violence center, a residence for single young mothers, a rehab center, a cancer walk, an organization serving people with disabilities, a meal delivery organization, a community services office, a children’s group home and a library.
Through volunteerism and financial contributions, Suncoast supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including through the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, which promotes the education, health and emotional well-being of children. The Foundation accomplishes this by funding scholarships, public schools, family support organizations, medical initiatives and other charitable programs of direct benefit to children and students. Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has donated more than $13 million. In the first six months of 2015, Suncoast hosted 55 financial literacy community events, 31 festivals and parades, 24 school, student or employee appreciation events, 22 health and fitness fairs, 10 business-related events and eight charity golf tournaments.
For a full list of organizations impacted on Pay It Forward Day, see https://www.suncoastcreditunion.com/lp/pay-it-forward.
About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the 10th largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $17 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 76 full-service branches and serves more than one million members across Florida. As a community credit union, anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Suncoast Credit Union’s service area is eligible for membership. In 2021, Suncoast Credit Union’s field of membership was expanded to include public K-12 teachers, college educators, and educational support staff from all of Florida’s 67 counties. Suncoast is passionate about community support. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $40 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit suncoastcreditunion.com or follow us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.