2020 recap: committed to the community
COVID-19 forced us to think creatively about how to support our communities during a pandemic. Our staff was eager to help and reached out with ideas, suggestions and we were able to encourage safe commitment to our community in the following ways:
With the uncertainty and social distancing restrictions of the pandemic, we were not able to achieve our lofty goals to beat our 2019 volunteering numbers. BUT our team adapted and rallied in some truly fantastic ways.
Thanking frontline workers
As a thank you for their dedication we wanted to help feed healthcare workers and support our local restaurants. For every essential worker tagged in the comments, or share of our Facebook post, you helped us donate $1,000 to St Charles All Together(STAT) and St. Louis Meals for Meds and spread the word about the amazing things they are doing in our communities.
STAT pulled together 4,500 meals from 45 different local St. Charles county restaurants in only THREE WEEKS to feed our healthcare workers at SSM St Joseph in St Charles & Lake St Louis, BJC St Peters, Progress West Hospital, and Mercy Troy.
Feeding the community
Because of the economic impact of Covid-19, more people than ever are turning to food banks to feed their families. When we weren’t able to volunteer in person because of stay-at-home orders or being short-staffed, we helped our community partners by making other contributions.
Donating 19 for Covid-19
Throughout the month of May, West Community employees were invited to volunteer by donating 19 items to one of our charitable partners; APA, Saint Louis Food Bank, or the Fort Zumwalt, Francis Howell, Hazelwood, and Kirkwood School Districts.
Employee Holiday Drive
Each of our branches selected a local organization to kind of adopt and support over holiday season. The staff then brought in items from those charities’ wishlists. We were able to help spread joy to Keep Pushing, inc, Cosmopolitan Diabetes Foundation, Coyote Hill, The Women’s Safehouse, and H.E.R.O.E.S. Care with an additional $5,000 donation from the credit union.
The employees of West Community Credit Union raise money for local charities and credit union advocacy by donating $1 to wear jeans on Fridays. Since the launch in 2016, credit union employees raised nearly $19,000 in donations with our Denim for Dollars program!
Some of the organizations that received donations included the St Louis Food Bank, Credit Union Advocacy PAC, the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, and the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.
“We are just so proud of our staff for rolling with the hand we were dealt this year and adapting with the uncertain to still make some of our goals happen,” said Lori Hudson, Community Outreach Specialist. “There was so much more we wanted to do for our community during these trying times, and it feels good to have the staff step up to do what they can to help our communities thrive.”
West Community Credit Union Is Also Proud to Support the Following Organizations and Schools:
- Memory Care Home Solutions
- National CU Foundation
- Crisis Nursery
- Connected Learning
- HCUCF (Heartland Credit Union Charitable Foundation)
- Brentwood Optimist
- Care to Learn
- Community Builders Network of STL
- Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
- Meals for Meds - STL
- The Women's Safe House
- The O'Fallon Partnership
If your organization is interested in a partnership or donation contact us.