St. Louis-area credit unions give back to their communities

Published 12.18.20

Giving back is more important than ever these days. Check out how these St. Louis-area credit unions supported the good work of their local organizations. 

Arsenal Credit Union awards grants to local not-for-profit organizations

This year, Arsenal Credit Union is awarding $10,300 worth of grants from a new Community Impact Fund program to the following local organizations:

Arsenal Credit Union puts a priority on the people who live in our communities. Throughout the year, the credit union helps several local charitable organizations by donating money, providing volunteer time and making care packages for the less fortunate.

While Arsenal employees normally dedicate a lot of their time to volunteer work throughout the year, because of the pandemic, organizing employees for volunteer efforts became a challenge. That, combined with the increased stress on charitable organizations due to unemployment and a down economy made giving back much more of a challenge.

To help alleviate some of the burden from these organizations, the credit union created the Arsenal Community Impact Fund. This program allows local nonprofits to apply for the funds they need in the form of grants and help less fortunate members of the community in the special ways that their organizations are equipped to do so.

Organizations will have another chance to apply for the Community Impact Fund in spring 2021.

First Community donates $6,000 to Humane Society on Giving Tuesday

First Community raised $6,000 for the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO). During the week of Thanksgiving, their employees could donate $20 to wear jeans for the whole week. They also set up donation boxes at each of their 44 locations where members could participate in helping raise money for the organization. First Community also made their annual employee pet calendar available to take home as a ‘thank you’ for donating.

On Giving Tuesday, the Humane Society had a generous donor who quadrupled donations they received that day. They raised a total of $65,800 for animals in need. When you support HSMO, you provide second chances to thousands of pets each year.

First Community picks a local organization each month that their employees can donate to and in exchange can wear jeans to work. During these unprecedented times, it has become even more important to support organizations and small businesses in the area. 

Together Foundation awards 100 MasterClass annual memberships to deserving teachers

 Together Foundation has awarded 100 MasterClass annual memberships to deserving teachers in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area who are making a difference in students' lives as they navigate the challenges of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients were nominated by the community as part of a Teacher of the Week promotion sponsored by Together Credit Union.
“We are thrilled to partner with MasterClass to continue fueling our teachers’ passion for learning, an important value they are instilling in their students,” said Pier Alsup, Chief Community Engagement & Social Responsibility Officer.
MasterClass is a streaming platform that provides members unlimited access to 90+ instructors in nine categories. Each class includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as needed. In addition, members may utilize the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their performances, and provide feedback on others' work. 
The 100 MasterClass annual memberships, valued at $18,000, was donated to the Together Foundation by the MasterClass Grants program.  
“Inspiration comes in many forms and we are grateful for MasterClass’s investment in our mission and community,” added Alsup.