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Credit Union News: Wichita Federal Credit Union & Emporia State Federal Credit Union

The "people helping people" philosophy is alive and well in the credit union industry. Wichita Federal Credit Union (Wichita, KS) and Emporia State Federal Credit Union (Emporia, KS) are living it.

Wichita Federal Credit Union Goes Beyond to Assist a Member

Wayne Riddle, vice chairman of the Wichita Federal CU Board of Directors, presents Alison (sitting second from right), with $1,000 to help with expenses. Other Roets family members in attendance from far left, Abigail Roets, Michael Roets and far right, Megan Roets.

Credit unions are always demonstrating the people helping people philosophy. Recently, Wichita Federal Credit Union (Wichita, KS) announced scholarship recipients, among them was Emily Roets. Both Emily and her sister, Alison, had applied for the scholarship, but only one received it. They have been members of the credit union along with their parents for several years. Though Alison did not receive a scholarship, Wichita Federal's Chairman of the Board John Davis and Vice Chairman Wayne Riddle suggested the credit union assist Alison (who is vision impaired) with a seeing eye dog so that she could continue her education at a Wichita State University, a local university in Wichita. 

The family was invited to a Wichita Federal CU quarterly board meeting to have dinner with senior management and the board of directors. Alison was presented with a check to help with expenses for her guide dog, and with additional monetary support that was raised through ties in the community. Alison received nearly $1,000 from WFCU and other sponsors locally.

Emporia State Federal Credit Union Members Support Charities Through Skip-A-Pay Program

Emporia State Federal Credit Union (Emporia, KS) members donated more than $2,000 to two local charities. The money was raised by the credit union members who participated in Emporia State FCU's annual Skip-A-Payment program. With each loan a member skips in November or December, they are asked to donate $15 to local charities. This year, the Board of Directors decided to give the monies to Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen and Emporia State University’s Corky’s Cupboard.

This is the 7th year the credit union has offered a Skip a Payment program.

From left: Emporia State FCU Assistant Manager, Josh Hubler; Director of Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen, Lee Alderman and Emporia State FCU CEO Angie Miller. Emporia State FCU CEO Angie Miller (center) presents a check to Emporia State University's Student Center representatives and
Corky's Cupboard.

“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 those in need in our community," said Emporia State FCU CEO Angie Miller. "This is our first donation to Corky’s Cupboard and Josh and I were honored to present the check on behalf of our credit union membership.” 

Corky’s Cupboard campus food pantry provides temporary food assistance to Emporia State students. Abundant Harvest provides boxes of food clothing and household goods, and hot evening meals to those in need. Last year, they served 7,000 people.

Emporia State Federal CU presented Corky's Cupboard with a $1,000 donation and  $1,180.01 to Abundant Harvest.

Past recipients have been The Salvation Army and the Kansas Children’s Service League-Healthy Families (Emporia).

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