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CUs Giving Back
Monday, December 16, 2013 6:40 AM

Gulf Coast Educators toy drive

Throughout the year Gulf Coast Educators employees raise funds for local charitable causes through personal donations. Each year, the employees use a portion of the funds to support the local police department’s toy drives. This year, the employees and credit union were able to donate over $3,600 worth of toys and monetary donation to the Pasadena, League City and Pearland police department drives. Pictured Gulf Coast Educators team members show off toys purchased for the toy drives for the Pasadena, League City and Pearland police departments.


Texas Trust CU Toys for TotsToys for Tots are $5,000 richer today after receiving a check from Texas Trust CU. Amber Danford, senior vice president of marketing at Texas Trust, presented the donation during the Mansfield Independent School District's second annual toy drive benefiting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. This is Texas Trust's second year supporting the event, which was broadcast live on the local Fox affiliate during its Wednesday evening newscasts. Employees from Texas Trust were on hand throughout the toy drive to manage the reindeer during Santa's visit and help children prepare "magic reindeer food" to ensure the reindeer were in top condition to take Santa to his next stop.

"Toys for Tots brings cheer, joy, and hope to children who might not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas Day," said Jim Minge, president of Texas Trust CU. "We are thankful we are able to support such a worthy cause."

SSFCU donation
Pictured from left Terry Kyle, vice president of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation; Gracie Martinez, Children's Miracle Network director at Children's Hospital of San Antonio; and Jim Laffoon, president of Security Service FCU and Security Service Charitable Foundation.

Security Service Charitable Foundation recently presented the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio with a $20,000 donation. In addition to the check, Security Service FCU (SSFCU) employees collected and donated boxes of toys that will be delivered to children at the hospital over the holidays.

The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, the city’s first and only freestanding children's hospital, will provide access to world-class pediatric care to children and families in South Texas.

The Security Service Charitable Foundation helps further SSFCU’s corporate goal of community service by contributing to deserving organizations and causes in the credit union’s market areas.


AMOCO FCU says it’s looking for their next 2014 scholarship hopefuls for a chance to win $1000 and an opportunity to intern at AMOCO. AMOCO is fostering its “people helping people” objective by offering the future of our generation not only financial support, but an experience of a lifetime.

For more than five years, AMOCO has offered $1,000 scholarships to worthy high school students. However, last year AMOCO also offered a paid internship with the credit union. The internship will provide the students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the credit union movement and engage in a professional setting. The students will be mentored while they enhance their professional skills and resume. Internships will be provided for the following positions:

  • Accounting
  •  Communications
  •  Compliance
  • Culture
  • Executive
  • Information systems

The credit union says it will be accepting applications until March 31, 2014


The Austin Chapter of Credit Unions recently held its annual bowling tournament to raise funds for the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation (Foundation). Through the generous support of the Austin Area Credit Unions, this event raised $1,679. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event goes directly to the Foundation.