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News from American Eagle CU, Arsenal CU & Meritrust CU

From building houses to collecting school supplies, credit unions are passionate about supporting their communities and the people living there. Check out the latest examples of community involvement from American Eagle Credit Union (St. Louis, MO), a division of Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union, Arsenal Credit Union (St. Louis, MO), and Meritrust Credit Union (Wichita, KS).

American Eagle CU Builds with Habitat for Humanity 

Pictured are AECU volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity build. 

More than 20 employee volunteers from American Eagle Credit Union, a division of Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union pulled on their work boots and gloves to help build a series of homes in a new community for families in need with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL).  

Volunteers included Bob McKay, credit union president/CEO. When asked about the importance of this event, he stated “we did our small part to help make our community stronger by working together as a team. For the first time in my life, I had a chance to hang siding. We might have gone home with a few sore muscles, but it was all for a great cause.” 

Volunteers from HR, Business Lending, IT and Accounting among others showed up in force.

“I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of individuals for a great cause," says Mary Wessels, HR Engagement specialist. "Habitat  for Humanity Saint Louis is not only helping deserving families make their dream of home ownership a reality, they are building up the community, and that is an experience that I am proud to have been a part of.”    

In addition to volunteering with time and talent, American Eagle donated $5000 in financial support to this HFHSL community. 

(Left) Employees, (from left) Meagann Kinworthy, Margie Coleman and Zach Jones, are pictured with school supplies collected at Arsenal’s Swansea branch before the items were donated to two local schools. (Right) Tracker brought smiles to the faces of many kids and adults at back-to-school events in Belleville and Hillsboro.

Arsenal CU Teaches Kids About Money, Helps Prepare Them for Start of School

At the state level, Arsenal Credit Union is perennially a leader in the number of financial education presentations given and the number of students reached. Arsenal’s involvement with local schools goes beyond that, however.

From July 18 through August 4, the credit union held a back-to-school supply drive which resulted in nearly 900 items being donated to elementary schools located near its branches in Missouri - Arnold, Oakville, Webster Groves and Florissant - and Swansea, IL, for distribution to students in need. The items included 100 backpacks. The Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI) in Jefferson County was another benefactor. HYI is a group of high school social workers and counselors, several area churches and many concerned citizens who collaborate with Jefferson County public high schools, Arnold Food Pantry, Disability Resource Association, Festus YMCA, Jefferson College and University of Missouri Extension 4-H to deliver goods and services.

In late July and early August, Arsenal participated in back-to-school events for low-income families in Hillsboro, MO, and Belleville, IL. During the event, credit union staff distributed literature to help parents teach their children about money. The credit union’s youth savings mascot, Tracker, was also on hand to entertain the crowds at each event.

Meritrust Credit Union Honors Local Cancer Wellness Champion

Meritrust Credit Union honored Daniel Fowler, Health and Wellness Program Coordinator for Via Christi Health’s Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment program, as the 2016 Byron G. Stout IV Spotlight on Wellness Award recipient. Fowler was recognized at the Working Well Conference in Wichita on August 30.

Spotlight on Wellness Award winner, Daniel Fowler (left), with James Nastars, Meritrust President/CEO at the Wichita Health and Wellness Coalition Working Well Conference. 

The award memorializes Meritrust’s beloved champion of wellness, Byron Stout, who passed away in June 2015. The Spotlight on Wellness Award recognizes one individual who inspires all areas of wellness in the workplace and in the community.

Fowler works with cancer patients and others who have heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive lung disease, providing guidance on tolerating medication, managing their diseases and nutrition.

After his father, Ken’s, battle with cancer and death in 2013, Fowler found his purpose in helping people live with cancer. He spearheaded a “pre-hab” concept (encouraging his patients to exercise during treatment rather than waiting until after) and also participates in fundraising initiatives to cover out-of-pocket expenses for his patients and writes articles to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Fowler’s community involvement and connections also provide him with a network of resources to share with his patients who need help financially or emotionally.

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