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GECU Celebrates DE Day with a Day of Service Fighting Hunger
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:40 AM

GECU DE Day
Left to right: GECU Vice President – Career & Talent Development Daniel Vasquez, GECU President/CEO Crystal Long, GECU Community Development Manager Ruby Alvarez, GECU SVP – Chief Marketing Officer Teresa Montoya.

GECU’s commitment to serving the El Paso community through dedicated time, volunteerism, and engagement was further demonstrated during a Credit Union Development Educators (DE) Day of Service. GECU’s Day of Service included the grand opening of the food pantry at the Lower Dyer Community Center and the donation of filled bags of food to 100 local families. The GECU Day of Service was held Wednesday, June 7th at the Lower Dyer Community Center.

The Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) training provides credit union professionals with lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy, and key development issues that impact communities. As part of the commitment to serving communities, CUDE’s host a Day of Service every June in communities across the world.

GECU DE Day
Left to right: GECU Vice President – Career & Talent Development Daniel Vasquez, GECU President/CEO Crystal Long, GECU Community Development Manager Ruby Alvarez, GECU SVP – Chief Marketing Officer Teresa Montoya.

GECU CUDE’s donated time and resources to serve the families of the Lower Dyer Community Center with the donations of the 100 bags of food for 100 families and officially opening the food pantry at the community center, in partnership with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger (EPFH). EPFH is a nonprofit organization combating the hunger crisis in our region through the help of community partners to distribute nutritious food to those in need.

"El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is pleased to be a part of the GECU DE Day of Service. This celebration fits perfectly into our mission of feeding the hungry in our community. We look forward to our continued sponsorship," stated Victor Nevarez, CEO of EPFH.

GECU President and CEO Crystal Long stated, “As a CUDE, it’s important to us to transform our training into actionable endeavors that truly benefit our community. As part of our people helping people philosophy, we at GECU decided to expand our support of the Lower Dyer Community Center to serve families in this neighborhood with important resources their families need to thrive. We were eager to open the food pantry and help families in our community, beyond the day of service, and we’re so happy we succeeded.”

GECU DE DayThe grand opening of the Lower Dyer Community Center Food pantry featured a short ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by GECU Development Educators distributing 100 bags of food to families in the neighborhood. Snacks and refreshments were also provided.

Families in need of support from the newly established food pantry can still register at the Lower Dyer Community Center located at 3506 Fillmore, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

About GECU
GECU is locally owned by nearly 360,000 members and this year celebrates 85 years of serving the community. GECU has locations throughout El Paso, Socorro, and Horizon City and offers online banking, mobile apps, and over 32,000 free ATMs as part of its nationwide surcharge-free ATM Co-Op network. GECU elevates the community by providing free financial education in schools and citywide while also providing engaging support to community partners like the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Chihuahuas, the City of El Paso, and many more. With $2.4 billion in assets and 800+ employees, GECU is federally insured by NCUA. Visit gecu.com for more information on financial education, membership eligibility, branch and ATM locations, and free online banking. For community initiatives and events, visit talkbox.gecu.com