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St. Louis Community Launches Citywide Community Service Effort

St. Louis Community Credit Union has built its reputation as a key contributor to the betterment of the communities in which it operates. The credit union’s offices may have been closed for business on Columbus Day (in honor of the Federal Reserve System holiday), but that did not stop the organization’s 156+ employees from serving others

The credit union designated the second Monday in October as its inaugural Mission Giveback day, launching a citywide community service effort. St. Louis Community worked with 10 local charities to deploy staff volunteers to respective service sites to help those in need.

“We live and breathe giveback – from the inside out. From lending a helping hand at food pantries to working with agencies that benefit children and families, we are answering the call,” says Eric Reading, SVP Organizational Development, St. Louis Community Credit Union. “From our corner of the world, we are making a difference.”

Benefiting organizations included:

  • Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village – a residential and skilled care residence with a continuum of quality care and services.
  • BJC Hospice/"Samantha’s Gift" – a program that provides comfort items to patients and their families to let them know they are not forgotten.
  • Canterbury Enterprises – a sheltered workshop employing people with disabilities in St. Louis County and City.
  • Gateway Pet Guardians – a nonprofit St. Louis animal shelter bringing hope to stray pets through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, community outreach and education.
  • Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, Inc. – a center for early childhood development that provides high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care and education for children ages six weeks to kindergarten. 
  • Great Circle – an organization that provides a unique spectrum of behavioral health services to children and families.
  • Neighborhood Houses Early Childhood Education Center at Caroline Mission –  a place that strives to break the cycle of poverty by helping children and families reach their potential through transformative, educational and empowering experiences. 
  • Operation Food Search – a food bank that educates and nourishes neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger. 
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery – an organization that provides a 24-hour safe haven for children age birth through twelve whose families are facing crisis. 
  • St. Patrick Center – a place that serves as one of the largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

St. Louis Community Credit Union’s giveback doesn’t stop with volunteering. Through outreach, the organization offers branches in underserved locations, affordable account services and loans, as well as free financial education. As a Community Development Financial Institution, St. Louis Community Credit Union exists to serve the underserved.