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#CreditUnionsCareChallenge reaches new highs in impact

More and more credit unions are responding to the #CreditUnionsCareChallenge to help local businesses and organizations. The challenge, set forth by the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation (SECUF), has highlighted how credit unions have truly helped people through this trying time. The SECUF invited all LSCU-affiliated credit unions in Alabama, Florida and Georgia to take on the #CreditUnionsCareChallenge – and so far we’ve been wowed by the impact of our 42 participating credit unions!

To support their local economy, each of the participating credit unions have committed at least $25 per employee who will then use the money at a locally-owned business via online options, while adhering to social distancing protocols. The LSCU is also joining the challenge, giving $25 to each league employee to spend.

To double the impact, SECUF is committed to matching the contribution by member credit unions up to $25 per employee. These matched funds are donated to local community organizations, selected by the participating credit union.

Already, the SECUF has matched $180,030, and the total impact from the SECUF and credit unions combined is $437,030. We aren’t done yet – and you can still join!

The SECUF began this initiative to answer the challenge put forth by Tallahassee-based First Commerce Credit Union in its ambitious #LocalStrong campaign. The credit union utilized this campaign to distribute more than $4,000 among more than 150 team members to spend with local businesses.

We appreciate the support from Premier Donor Corporate America CU for contributing $100,000! Our Supporter-Level Sponsor is CUNA Mutual Group. Supporting Friends are: Catalyst Corporate FCU, Corporate One FCU, Sorenson Van Leuven, PLLC, Symitar, Evans, Simpson & Associates, Inc.

“We are so proud of the support we have received from sponsors and from credit unions in our three states,” said SECUF Director Juli Lewis. “We know how difficult this pandemic has been on small businesses, and every bit of support they receive makes a difference to the bottom line for their companies. We want them to see how credit unions truly believe in ‘people helping people,’ and I feel strongly that we can have an impact on helping them keep their doors open as we move through this crisis.”

Thank you to all of our participating credit unions:

FLAG Credit Union
North Main Credit Union
Alive CU
On the Grid FCU
Legacy Community FCU
Community First CU of Florida
Alabama Teachers CU
Suncoast CU
Auburn University CU
Suwannee River FCU
Pen Air FCU
First Florida CU
Georgia United CU
North Georgia CU
Florida Rural Electric CU
Alabama Central CU
City County Employees CU
Phenix Pride FCU
Vystar CU
My Healthcare FCU
Family Savings CU
Railroad & Industrial FCU
Priority One CU
Calhoun Liberty Employees CU
Everglades FCU
All In CU
Members First CU of FL
Achieva CU
McIntosh Chemical FCU
Addition Financial
The Infirmary FCU
MidSouth Community FCU
Lanier FCU
Florida West Coast CU
Alabama CU
Buckeye Community FCU
WinSouth CU
Keys FCU
PowerNet CU

Please take a moment to view this message from SECUF and LSCU. Join the challenge now and help show how your credit union makes a difference in your community!

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For more information on how to make an impact, to utilize social media in promoting your efforts and to accept the challenge, visit the Credit Union Cares website here.  If you have any questions about the #CreditUnionsCareChallenge, please contact SECUF Director Juli Lewis.

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