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Kansas, Missouri Credit Unions Support Local Charities, Give Back to Members

Through local charity support and dividend pay outs, Kansas and Missouri credit unions give back to their communities and members year-round, supporting and illustrating the credit union difference.

Emporia State Federal Credit Union Skip-a-pay Promotion Raises $2,500 for Emporia, KS Charities

Emporia’s Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen and Food for Students were on the receiving end of Emporia State Federal Credit Union’s (Emporia, KS) Skip-a-Payment program, and received checks for $1,222.68 each.   

The checks represent monies donated by the members of the credit union during the Skip-a-Payment program in November and December of 2015. With each loan payment skipped, the members were asked to donate money to the two organizations.   
 
“Skipping a payment is a great way for our members to have ‘extra’ cash for the holidays and, in turn, our members are glad for the opportunity to give to someone else in our community, said Angie Miller, CEO of Emporia State Federal Credit Union. What a honor it is to present the monies to Abundant Harvest and Food for Students on behalf of our credit union membership.” 

This is the 5th year that ESFCU has offered the Skip-a-Payment program. Past recipients have been the Salvation Army and the Kansas Children’s Service League-Healthy Families (Emporia).    

Abundant Harvest has been serving the Emporia community for 10 years. In 2015, they served about 22,000 meals and gave out 6,000 boxes of food. All of the food is donated from local businesses. Along with the food, they also provide clothing and household goods - all at no cost to those in need.   

Food for Students is a community-based initiative run entirely by donations and volunteers. The organization provides bags of food to hand out to USD 253 students from food-insecure households 

 
Caption: Emporia State Federal Credit Union CEO, Angie Miller with Lee Alderman of the Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen and Chris Walker, Editor and Publisher of the Emporia Gazette (representing Food for Students).

Neighbors Credit Union Gives Special Dividend to Its Members
Neighbors Credit Union (O'Fallon, MO) knows how to be a good neighbor to its members and communities. As a not-for-profit financial institution, the credit union doesn't have a paid board and returns profits to its members. For example this December, Neighbors shared a special dividend of 1.31% APY* with members. That amounted to approximately $209,000.

“We had another great year and would like to thank our members,” says John Servos, president and CEO of Neighbors Credit Union. “We focus on what’s best for them and we always strive to do what is in their very best interest. It’s how we have grown for the past 87 years and we have no intention of stopping now.”

Neighbors’ first priority is to put people before profits and help members reach their financial goals. The credit union does this by providing the best rates on savings and loans, charging fewer and lower fees on services like money management counseling and financial education.

Ozark Federal CU Declares a 50% Bonus Dividend for 2015 

Taking a look back at 2015, Ozark Federal Credit Union (Poplar Bluff, MO) is grateful for the members who have made Ozark what it is for the last 64 years. 

The heart of the membership is reflected in the gifts that surrounded the 2015 Angel Tree. Gifts have been purchased for disadvantaged angels through the Angel Tree project for more than 14 years. 

Ozark is proud of the way the members supported the Angel Tree. In addition, they reached out to many other organizations through the Christmas season with additional toy drives, homeless shelters and outreach programs. 

In the same spirit of giving, its Board of Directors declared a 50% bonus dividend for 2015, paid on all members’ shares and certificates.
 
Ozark thanks its members for their support and compassion. Together they are making a difference.

Caption: The 2015 Angel Tree with gifts for distribution to disadvantaged children.