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St. Louis Credit Unions Give Back to their Communities

Credit unions give so much back to their communities! Check out the latest news from American Eagle Credit Union (St. Louis, MO), Electro Savings Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) and Vantage Credit Union (Bridgeton, MO). 

American Eagle Credit Union & St. Louis Blues Hockey Raise $27,500+ for First Responders
American Eagle Credit Union (AECU), a division of Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union, embraced the giving season at the St. Louis Blues First Responders Night and the Police vs. Fire Benefit Hockey Game, where the credit union partnered with the Blues to raise more than $27,500 for local first responders.

AECU helped raise money for first responders through in-branch donations and in-game volunteer efforts, including selling raffle tickets and first responders koozies at the Enterprise Center during First Responders Night. Additionally, $5 from each game ticket sold was donated to the effort, and local first responders participating in the Police vs. Fire Benefit Hockey Game raised funds as well. Through these combined efforts, AECU presented a check for $27,500 to benefit first responder organizations.

“We are dedicated to the St. Louis community and those who serve it, including the amazing men and women who keep us safe every day,” said Bob McKay, AECU CEO. “We are proud to be able to support our local first responders through our partnership with the St. Louis Blues.”

AECU and the St. Louis Blues donated the funds to The Backstoppers, Inc. and The St. Louis Fire Department Foundation. 

Sponsoring First Responders Day and the Police vs. Fire Benefit Hockey Game at the Enterprise Center are just a few of the ways AECU supports first responders. The credit union also offers the Community Contributor Mortgage program, which gives first responders the opportunity to finance up to 97 percent of their home’s value with no private mortgage insurance. The Community Contributor Mortgage is open to firefighters, law enforcement officers, military members, civil service workers, healthcare and emergency professionals, and educators.

Electro Savings Credit Union Donates $1,000 to St. Louis Scott Gallagher Foundation through Corner Kick Program
No matter the score, kids in the St. Louis area won every time the Saint Louis FC scored a goal off a corner kick during the 2018 season. Electro Savings Credit Union donated $100 for every goal scored off a corner kick to the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Foundation, which improves soccer facilities throughout the area and provides equipment for youth soccer activities. Electro Savings Credit Union representatives presented the check for $1,000 in November.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Saint Louis FC and Scott Gallagher Foundation,” said Jim Struble, President and CEO of Electro Savings Credit Union. “Their philosophy of helping youth win in life aligns with our credit union’s philosophy of helping people achieve their financial goals in life.”

Pictured left to right is Kevin Wygant, senior director of corporate partnerships for Saint Louis FC, Laura Mugge, community development specialist of Electro Savings, Jim Struble, president & CEO of Electro Savings, and Yancey Jones, manager of corporate partnership for Saint Louis FC.

Local Educators Impact Education, Win Money for Schools
Vantage Credit Union’s Impact Education contest has ended, with five local schools receiving $500 to $2,000 to fund projects in those schools meant to positively affect the students.

The five winners were Affton High School; C.A. Henning Elementary in Troy, IL; Wydown Middle School in Clayton; Willow Brook Elementary School in Creve Coeur; and East Alton-Wood River in Wood River, IL. The schools each received one of five prizes: two $500 prizes; two $1,000 prizes, and one grand prize of $2,000.

“Vantage has had a very close relationship with educators and we regularly hear of the need to enhance learning opportunities, complete projects or obtain training,” said Rachel Parrent, director of marketing and business intelligence at Vantage. “We’re thrilled at the turnout this year and are proud to be able to present this new opportunity to provide the funding needed for local educational initiatives.”

Check out how each school will improve their students' lives. 

Impact Education ran during the month of October and asked local educators to submit 60-second videos explaining how they would use funds to positively impact either their school, their students or their professional development. After the submission period, visitors were able to vote for their favorite submission.