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Credit Unions Demonstrate "People Helping People" Philosophy Every Day

Credit unions demonstrate the "people helping people" philosophy every day by helping members, as well as in their communities. Here is the latest example of how Kansas and Missouri credit unions are making a difference in their communities. 

First Community Donates to Local Police Officer

When police officer Michael Flamion was shot during a traffic stop last month, staff members of First Community Credit Union (Chesterfield, MO) began asking how they could help. 

The majority of First Community’s 500+ employees work at branch locations throughout the metro area and understand the role police play in the safety of the business, and how each branch establishes their own relationship with local law enforcement.  

To raise money, the credit union held a “dress-down” day for staff in exchange for a monetary donation, and each branch set out a donation box to take donations from member customers. First Community also made a corporate donation, and a check for $5,000 was delivered to the Ballwin Police Department for Officer Flamion.  

“We really care about our role in the community” said Laura Alfeldt, Marketing Vice President of First Community. “Our employees were moved by what happened to Officer Flamion and wanted to help.”

Skyward Credit Union collects backpacks for
students who may not own a quality backpack. 

Skyward Credit Union Donates Nearly 600 Backpacks to Local Students

Skyward Credit Union (Wichita, KS) is giving back to the community with a donation of nearly 600 backpacks to the KAKEland School Supply Landslide. 

Skyward president Larry Damm said this program helps children as they prepare to return to school. Many students don’t own a quality backpack and relatively high purchase prices often lead to a shortage of donated backpacks. The credit union saw this as an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in the community.

Skyward is collaborating with Textron Aviation Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) for this project, a partnership that has been a catalyst in bringing this great cause to the community’s attention.  

“Collecting school supplies for children in this community is a cause that so many of Textron Aviation’s employees are passionate about,” said LEAD community relations chairman Brandon Parks. “Skyward Credit Union has been LEAD’s partner in this drive each year and always provides a substantial donation while serving as the prime collection point for our donated items.”

KAKEland School Supply Landslide began in 1996 as a response to concerns expressed by area educators and parents about children coming to school without the supplies they need. Last year, school supplies were delivered to more than 10,000 students in the community.