Credit union news from Together and West Community

Published 12.21.21

Two St. Louis-area credit unions recently shared how they've empowered and given back to their communities through educational resources and volunteerism. Together Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) provided community-based financial wellness opportunities and encouraged employee volunteerism; West Community Credit Union (Brentwood, MO) collected and donated more than 1,000 children's books to area youth. 

Together Credit Union grows community outreach through education & service initiatives

To grow connections and strengthen relationships in the neighborhoods of Metropolitan St. Louis, Together Credit Union provided community-based financial wellness opportunities and encouraged employee volunteerism.

“Individuals and families continue to struggle with financial uncertainty, and we felt it was important to be present and accessible in our community to provide guidance and support,” said Larry Sewell, vice president of community outreach. 

Together Credit Union’s comprehensive financial wellness efforts included online resources, in-person and virtual workshops and seminars, as well as community and school-based programs. The credit union provided 250 hours in programming in 2021, impacting 245 youth and 1,325 adults. In addition, Together Credit Union partnered with community organizations such as the St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis and Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis to support financial education events and panels and promote financial education initiatives throughout the year. 

Service was another key priority for Together Credit Union. Over the past 12 months, credit union employees volunteered more than 2,200 hours with local nonprofits. Additionally, over 150 Together Credit Union employees gave back to the community for Service Day 2021, making more than 450 Book Buddy packs; 500 dental kits for kids and adults; 350 pet toys for dogs and cats; and 310 baby and pet blankets.

 

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West Community Credit Union collects and donates more than 1,000 children’s books

West Community Credit Union recently partnered with local children’s book author and founder of Krissy’s Kids Book Club, Kristin Mosley, to collect children’s books during the month of October. Following the month long book drive, West Community held a donation event on Saturday, November 6 at their Brentwood branch where they were able to donate over 1,000 books to Ready Readers, a local organization dedicated to inspiring a love of reading among little learners in low-income communities.

In addition to the children’s books, West Community donated $1,000 to Ready Readers to help support and fund the local program. “It was great to be able to partner with Krissy’s Kids Book Club for this donation drive”, states Lori Hudson, community outreach specialist for West Community. “We are thrilled to have collected just over 1,000 books for kids in our communities while supporting Ready Readers on educating our youth on the importance of reading.”

Visit ReadyReaders.org for more information on how you can help support youth literacy. For more information on how else West Community is supporting the community, visit WestCommunityCU.org.

 

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