News from Emporia State Federal Credit Union and West Community Credit Union

Published 1.13.22

Another great story of Kansas and Missouri credit unions supporting their communities! Emporia State Federal Credit Union (Emporia, KS) gave $1,815 to Abundant Harvest and Corky's Cupboard to fight hunger in its community. West Community Credit Union (O'Fallon, MO) donated $41,000 to local organizations in the St. Louis area. 

Emporia State Federal Credit Union members donate to Abundant Harvest and Corky's Cupboard

Emporia State Federal Credit Union (ESFCU) Board of Directors donated $1,815 to Abundant Harvest and Corky’s Cupboard. Each organization received a check of $907.50.  

The checks represent the monies donated by the members of ESFCU during the Skip-a-Payment program offered in November and December of 2021. With each loan payment skipped, the credit union members were asked to make a donation to local charities. This is the 11th year that ESFCU has offered the Skip-a-Payment program.

“Skipping a payment is a great way for our members to have ‘extra’ cash for the holidays and, in turn, they are glad for the opportunity to give to someone else in our community. It is with great pride that we present the monies to Abundant Harvest and Corky’s Cupboard on behalf of our credit union membership.” said ESFCU CEO, Angie Miller.

Abundant Harvest provides curbside evening meals on Mondays and Wednesdays at the 1028 Whittier street location at no cost to those in need. According to Lee Alderman, “This is a community effort. We have so many businesses that give – we get about 20 pickup loads a week.”

The mission of the Corky’s Cupboard campus food pantry is to foster a healthy university community by providing temporary food assistance in an effort to alleviate hunger. The pantry is open on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and is available to all currently enrolled ESU students. “I just cannot tell you how much we appreciate the funds and are truly grateful for ESFCU and your generosity,” said Blythe Eddy, Director of ESU Student Activities & Community Service Center for Student Involvement.

room lined with metal racks that contain canned good, pantry essentials and toiletries.

two people outside loading pallets of food into a building. Sign on building reads Abundant Harvest.

West Community Credit Union donates $41,000 to local organizations 

West Community Credit Union partnered with eight local organizations this holiday season to bring the 2021 credit union donation total to over $41,000. In addition to monetary donations, credit union employees volunteered nearly 700 hours of their time through the credit union’s community volunteer efforts and collected school supplies, household goods, toiletries and food to support many local community non-profits.  

“Part of our credit union’s mission is to help our communities thrive, which makes it such an amazing place to work,” states Lori Hudson, Community Outreach Specialist for West Community Credit Union. “In a time when so many non-profits are suffering from the pandemic, it’s great to be able to help support the organizations that are helping so many in need throughout our communities.” 

Some of the credit union partners include: Children’s Miracle Network of St. Louis, Boys Hope Girls Hope STL, the Little Bit Foundation, Home Sweet Home, Marygrove, St. Louis Food Bank, and the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition.  

collage of people receiving donations from West Community Credit Union