Paying it Forward for Our 80th Anniversary
Over the last 80 years, the Credit Union has evolved from humble beginnings of only a few MSU faculty and staff members working out of a desk drawer to having over 800 employees, 21 locations, and nearly 250,000 members! Through all of this change, a few things have remained the same: our dedication to our members and community as well as our superior service. One of our core values is giving back to the community, and each year we grow our impact through increase volunteerism and donations. Pay It Forward is just another way we give back.
In its fifth year, the Credit Union’s annual Pay It Forward Week initiative took place over the week of its anniversary, November 12 – 18, 2017. This year was extra special because it’s the Credit Union’s 80th anniversary. To help celebrate, employees were encouraged to help meet a volunteer goal of 80 hours throughout the week. There were several opportunities for employees to participate, but they also had the option of volunteering on their own at organizations that are meaningful to them.
Employees volunteered at the Firecracker Foundation’s Soulfire Gala, LSO’s Reverse Raffle, March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, Many Hands packing sessions, Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts, Volunteers of America, Kids’ Food Basket, Capital Area Humane Society, Boy Scouts, Caring About Kids, American Red Cross, Pack Shack, and more! Ninety-three employees participated and helped to surpass the 80-hour volunteer goal by 130 hours for a total of 210 hours of volunteering throughout the week!
“It’s wonderful to see everyone come together to help out in the community during Pay It Forward week. I’m so happy to see that we surpassed our goal and were able to have a greater impact on our community during the holidays, which can be a tough time for those in need,” said Julia, a Credit Union employee and volunteer.
In addition to volunteering, Credit Union employees paid for individual’s coffees, movie and museum tickets, bowling, and more at businesses like Biggby, Au Bon Pain, Spare Time, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, AMC Star Great Lakes 25 Movie Theater, and Bloom Coffee. During the Mason Biggby event, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department joined a few Credit Union employees to help pay it forward for the holidays. Others visited local fire departments and charities like Footprints of Michigan and Greater Lansing Food Bank to donate food and other needed items. Credit Union interns paid it forward to fellow students by creating goodie bags and taking them to the MSU and OU libraries to help students studying for finals.
Over the past 80 years the Credit Union has grown in service, donations, and volunteerism to serve its membership and communities in a variety of ways. We appreciate your continued membership and support, and we couldn’t be where we are today without you!