Arsenal believes there is good in the world. Its staff exemplifies this every day by helping members with their financial matters. Their care and concern for people, however, extends beyond membership – they also help to make a difference in the lives of others in the local community.
In 2017, management and staff volunteered 1,139 service hours. According to Independent Sector, a national membership organization, that’s worth $27,495.46 of donated time, based on using $24.14 as the value of a service hour.
Here are some highlights of what employees did last year on behalf of the credit union:
- Made and delivered hundreds of sack lunches for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
- Organized and contributed countless items to various drives held at the credit union’s branches – from food, school supply and personal care items, to clothes, coats, toys and pet supplies – with members supporting these causes as well to make them all a success
- Donated 108 pairs of new socks to the Hugs Project for inclusion in holiday care packages sent to military men and women serving in foreign countries
- Participated in “Denim Day” and raised $405 for the American Cancer Society
- Gave 64 financial presentations to 2,099 students, teaching them about things such as the importance of saving money, setting goals and earning money; the difference between needs” and “wants;” how to write checks and use a debit card; budgeting; understanding credit; protecting against identity theft; and more
- Staffed seven paper shred events and two electronics recycling events at Arsenal branches that helped people protect their identity and the environment (almost 16 tons of confidential documents and 8 tons of e-waste, including computer hard drives, were kept out of landfills)
The credit union itself:
- Sponsored a web-based financial literacy program for students at four local high schools last year. This cutting-edge program, offered through EverFi™ and financially supported by Arsenal, uses the latest in new media technology – simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Students become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens.
- Awarded five college scholarships totaling $5,400 to five deserving high school students who are Arsenal members.
- Rewarded members of its Tracker Kids Club who excelled in school with payouts of up to $10 for each student
- Collected used cell phones in some branches as part of the credit union’s recycling efforts
Arsenal is off to a great start with its community involvement efforts in the new year. Click here to see what our staff did in January.