October 15 was International Credit Union Day. International Credit Union (ICU) Day® has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948. The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry and show members our appreciation.
Wyoming’s credit unions got creative to celebrate ICU Day. They teamed up to come up with the hashtag #CUgiveback that would tie their statewide efforts together on social media.
Their collaboration resulted in some amazing contributions in their various communities. Credit unions paid utility bills, completed service projects, bought food and drinks, collected items for the needy, thanks members, visited the elderly, made donations and held contests. Countless hours were volunteered in the weeks in advance of ICU Day, and the day itself.
In all, credit unions in Wyoming contributed more than 40 hours in volunteered time, along with over $18,000 in donations! Those credit unions participating in the collaboration were: Atlantic City Federal Credit Union (FCU), Laramie Plains FCU, UniWyo FCU, Meridian Trust FCU, Reliant FCU, River Rail Community FCU, Trona Valley FCU and Warren FCU,
Among the achievements of the promotion were:
- Atlantic City Federal Credit Union (Lander) donated 239 meals for seniors in their community. The team also participated in random acts of kindness buy purchasing coffee for patrons. In all, they purchased coffee for 181 people and donated 8 total hours of employee volunteer time.
- Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union (Laramie) contributed in a variety of service and community projects throughout the day. They swept leaves in downtown Laramie, brought food to seniors and contributed to local events at the Chamber of Commerce. In all, they donated $355 and a combined 13 hours in employee volunteerism.
- UniWyo Federal Credit Union (Laramie) engaged their community outreach program “surprise and delights” by randomly buying coffees, lunches and donuts in various local places.
- Meridian Trust (Cheyenne) collected 5,100 canisters of oatmeal to provide 35,700 breakfasts. They also helped with utility payments. They held a credit union quiz and winners received $100 towards their utility bill and could designate an additional winner for another $100. In all, they helped pay $1,200 worth of bills.
- Reliant Federal Credit Union (Casper, Douglas, Glenrock) partnered with local coffee shops to buy patrons their morning cup of java. In all, they purchased coffee for 266 people.
- River Rail Community Federal Credit Union (Casper, Mills, Greybull and Powell) collected food in their branches to be donated to local food banks.
- Trona Valley Federal Credit Union (Green River) partnered to help residents of Mansface Terrace, an assisted living facility. Employees helped with paperwork for financial assistance, spent time with residents, donated books, arranged to have carpets cleaned for residents, provided gift cards to help with expenses and “adopted” a resident. Employees will continue to visit and help “M,” a resident who simply asked for company. In addition, the credit union made several other charitable donations, delivered snack baskets to local schools, and made a donation to Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center to complete fundraising for a new ice cream machine for the facility.
- Warren Federal Credit Union (Cheyenne) provided cookies, and other snacks in each branch lobby to say thank you to members.
Each credit union expressed thankfulness in their ability to participate in the events. It was a true testament to the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” and engaging in the communities they serve.