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Credit Unions Care

Credit unions are cooperative financial service institutions that exist to serve the members who own them, not to make a profit. They operate by seven cooperative principles, one of which is Concern for Community. While focusing on member needs, credit unions work for the development of their communities through policies and programs accepted by their members.

The Credit Unions Care campaign purpose is to increase visibility and awareness in the communities we serve by illustrating the many ways credit unions give back. Simply put, we want to ensure people understand that credit unions are not only financial partners but community partners; and in that spirit, Credit Unions Care will differentiate credit unions from others in the for-profit sector.

Help for Harvey

As rains continue to fall in the Texas Coastal Communities, floods and flash floods are likely. Shelters are available for those who have been forced out of their homes. YOU can make a difference by donating personal items or making monetary donations.

Donate

The quickest way to provide immediate assistance is by making a financial gift.

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Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation

To donate to the Red Cross:
1) Text "HARVEY" to 90999 to make a $10 donation
2) Call 1-800-RED CROSS
3) Online at redcross.org

More Ways to Help

CU Ride 2017

The dates have been set.  Mark your calendar and join your colleagues as we travel to your Children’s Hospital’s in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to deliver a treasure trove of stuffed dogs. To be part of the tour, you don't have to ride a motorcycle; you can drive your own vehicle or ride in a vehicle wrapped with your credit union's logo. We simply want to present a united front when we visit each CU Ride destination.

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2017 Initiative

Credit Unions for Kids and Children's Miracle Network

CMNOne of the most notable ways credit unions give back is through their alliance with Credit Unions for Kids and the Children's Miracle Network.

62 children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.

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Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as our movement’s charity of choice, credit unions are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. Since 2006, CU4Kids has raised $150 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

One hundred percent of every dollar donated by members of the credit union movement goes back to the CMN Hospital which serves your community and your members.

CMN Hospitals treat millions of children every year; in fact, it is the world’s largest children’s charity. Each year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide $3.4 billion in charity care supporting cutting edge, life-saving research, and develop new, innovative technology which eases pain and lengthens lives.

Looking at the Numbers, below is the impact of a dollar at your local CMN Hospital

  • $10,000 – Critical Care Crib
  • $8,500 – Two Ventilators
  • $5,000 – Three Pediatric Wheelchairs
  • $3,500 – Five Nerve Stimulators
  • $1,000 – One Pulsoximeter
  • $500 – One Fetal Heart Monitor
  • $100 – One Guitar or Keyboard

* Entire Network
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon

2017 Goal

Throughout the Cornerstone region in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas our goal is to raise $1.3 million in 2017.  Credit unions are encouraged to wear their red Credit Unions Care shirts, collect donations, hold fund raising events and golf tournaments to help us collectively reach that goal.  If you are looking for some new ideas down load the document below with marketing support. 

Be sure to share your success. Hang the paper donation dogs in your lobbies and post pictures at #cus_care. 

Come back often and check on our progress.

Paper Donation Dogs

Paper DogWhen collecting money for CMN we invite you to use the Credit Unions Care donation dogs. For every dollar donated members can write their name on a dog and proudly display it in the credit union for all to see. One hundred percent of all proceeds from donation dogs goes to the CMN Hospital which serves your community and your members. Donation dogs are free of charge and can be ordered along with red t-shirts and other supplies.

How to Submit Donations

  1. Collect $1 for each donation dog.
  2. On a monthly basis, complete Donation Reporting Form showing the total collected.
  3. Mail check made payable to CMN to Cornerstone at the address listed on the Reporting Form below.
PDF CUs Care Ideas & Marketing Support -- fundraising ideas, suggested posts for social media, and sample articles
PDF CUs Care Lobby Sign -- post this informational flyer in your lobby

Soles for Change

How many of us have a ridiculous amount of shoes we never wear?
How many of us wish we had more closet space?
Luckily, we have a solution!

Soles for ChangeIn a combined effort the Cornerstone Credit Union League and Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation will be collecting new and gently used shoes throughout 2017.  All shoes collected will go to developing nations around the world.

Families in developing countries who receive these shoes are those who have little to no income or livelihood. The ability of donated shoes to be repurposed and sold, represents an opportunity for individual families and their communities to develop micro-businesses within their areas. It is the only possibility for true self-sustainability.

In a nutshell, it works like this:

  1. Organizations and nonprofits collect shoes and work through hub operators to have the shoes delivered in developing nations to micro-entrepreneurs.
  2. Micro-entrepreneurs clean and repair the shoes and re-sell them for a profit.

This micro-enterprise industry represents one of the most effective ways to lift many families out of the extreme poverty in devastated economies.  These micro-entrepreneurs are seeking a hand-up, not a hand-out from poverty.

Solebration

Together the League, Foundation and Cornerstone Credit Unions are dedicated to helping these micro-entrepreneurs live a better life, while we are helping make a difference in our communities.

Each pair of donated shoes are banded together and placed in a large plastic bag, 25 pair to a bag.   The bags of shoes are then delivered to our Funds2orgs.com representative.  For every 100 bags of shoes we donate the Foundation receives $1000.

If you are interested in participating and collecting shoes at your credit union, please contact Staci Zale or Tamra Gaines for more information.

Tamra Gaines
Cornerstone Credit Union League
469-385-6632
800-442-5762, Ext. 6632
Staci Zale
Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation
469-385-6443
800-442-5762, Ext. 6443

Get the RED Out!  Show Us How Your Credit Union Cares

We want to see you and your co-workers in their Red shirts.  Ordering is easy, just click here! Wear your Credit Union Care Red T-shirt red shirts and send us a picture when:

  • You have casual days at work
  • Staff walk in the Relay for Life, American Cancer Society Walks, or a Heart Walk
  • You are working at a Reality Fair
  • Back-to-School events for your local school
  • Charity Golf Tournaments
  • Working at Habitat for Humanity
  • Washing windows in the Drive Thru for CMN
  • Benefits Fairs
  • Balloon Festivals
  • Any time you volunteer

Send us a picture and show us your shirt in action for our Photo Gallery.

Credit Unions Care is a banner under which credit unions can show this commitment every day in the community or communities they serve. It’s a reminder that caring is what credit unions do best.

Sponsor

The Credit Unions Care Campaign is brought to you by:

Cornerstone Credit Union League