Credit Unions Care

Credit Unions Committed to Community

As not-for-profit, member-owned, cooperative financial services institutions, credit unions exist to serve their members, not make a profit. They operate by seven cooperative principles, one of which is Concern for Community. While focusing on member needs, credit unions work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.

Unlike other financial institutions, support of community is in the collective credit union DNA. Credit unions exist to help people, from the financially well off to those of modest means. Every member counts. Credit union members are fiercely loyal as a result, knowing that their credit union is there for them in bad times, as well as good. The same people-first philosophy causes credit unions and their employees to get involved in community charitable activities and development.

Credit Unions Care is a banner under which credit unions can show this commitment every day in the community or communities they serve. It’s a reminder that caring is what credit unions do best.


Current Initiatives

Children's Miracle NetworkCredit Unions for Kids

One of the most notable ways credit unions give back is through their alliance with Credit Unions 4 Kids and Children’s Miracle Network.

62 children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as our movement’s charity of choice, credit unions are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. Since 2006, CU4Kids has raised $150 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

One hundred percent of every dollar donated by members of the credit union movement goes back to the CMN Hospital which serves the credit unions’ local community and their members.

CMN Hospitals treat millions of children every year; in fact, it is the world’s largest children’s charity. Each year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide $3.4 billion in charity care supporting cutting edge, life-saving research, and develop new, innovative technology which eases pain and lengthens lives.

Looking at the Numbers, below is the impact of a dollar at a local CMN Hospital

* Entire Network
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon

2017 Goal

Throughout the Cornerstone region in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas the goal is to raise $1.3 million in 2017. Credit unions are being encouraged to wear their red Credit Unions Care shirts, collect donations, hold fund raising events and golf tournaments so collectively we can reach this goal. Credit Unions share their success by hanging the paper donation dogs in their lobbies and post pictures at #cus_care.

Come back often and check on our progress.

CMN Campaign Progress

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Soles for Change

How many of us have a ridiculous amount of shoes we never wear?
How many of us wish we had more closet space?
Luckily, we have a solution!

In a combined effort the Cornerstone Credit Union League and Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation will be collecting new and gently used shoes throughout 2017. All shoes collected will go to developing nations around the world.

Families in developing countries who receive these shoes are those who have little to no income or livelihood. The ability of donated shoes to be repurposed and sold, represents an opportunity for individual families and their communities to develop micro-businesses within their areas. It is the only possibility for true self-sustainability.

In a nutshell, it works like this:

  1. Organizations and nonprofits collect shoes and work through hub operators to have the shoes delivered in developing nations to micro-entrepreneurs.
  2. Micro-entrepreneurs clean and repair the shoes and re-sell them for a profit.

This micro-enterprise industry represents one of the most effective ways to lift many families out of the extreme poverty in devastated economies. These micro-entrepreneurs are seeking a hand-up, not a hand-out from poverty.

Solebration

Together the League, Foundation and Cornerstone Credit Unions are dedicated to helping these micro-entrepreneurs live a better life, while we are helping make a difference in our communities.

Each pair of donated shoes are banded together and placed in a large plastic bag, 25 pair to a bag. The bags of shoes are then delivered to our Funds2orgs.com representative. For every 100 bags of shoes we donate the Foundation receives $1000.

If you are interested in participating and collecting shoes at your credit union, please contact Staci Zale or Tamra Gaines for more information.

Tamra Gaines
Cornerstone Credit Union League
469-385-6632
800-442-5762, Ext. 6632

Staci Zale
Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation
469-385-6443
800-442-5762, Ext. 6443


CU Ride

Karen Hart and Champ

The dates have been set. Mark your calendar and join your colleagues as we travel to your Children’s Hospital in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to deliver a treasure trove of stuffed dogs. Anyone is free to participate in one of or all of the rides.

To be part of the tour, you don't have to ride a motorcycle; you can drive your own vehicle or ride in a vehicle wrapped with your credit union's logo. We simply want to present a united front when we visit each CU Ride destination.

You're free to participate in one or all of the rides, but we do ask that you register for each one.

2017 Dates

Thursday, Aug. 24 - Dallas
9:00 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 25 - Fort Worth
9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Little Rock
9:30 a.m.


About Credit Unions

America’s credit unions are full-service, financial institutions owned by the depositors, the members of the organization, and not by private investors, other institutions, or foreign organizations. Funds deposited and loans made help the members and their local communities.

Credit unions are not-for-profit, and exist to provide a safe and convenient place for members to receive better interest on their deposits, and obtain loans at reasonable rates. Additionally, members receive the dividends paid on successful operations, rather than outside institutions and non-depositors. Choosing a credit union as your financial institution is an investment in your future.

Like other financial institutions, credit unions are closely regulated and insured. An agency of the federal government, the National Credit Union Administration, manages the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), insuring savings accounts up to $250,000.

Credit unions make a difference for their members and the communities they serve. aSmarterChoice.org, a project of the nation’s credit unions, was developed to help everyone understand that credit unions are the best option for consumers for conducting their financial business.

Search for a credit union that's right for you. Visit aSmarterChoice.org to discover a credit union that will serve you or your family, and discover the credit union difference for yourself.

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