The Cornerstone Awards and Recognition Committee presented Tarrant County's Credit Union with two prestigious awards at the Cornerstone Credit Union League's Leadership Conference and Expo on Sept. 7, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas
The Cornerstone Awards and Recognition Committee presented Tarrant County’s Credit Union with two prestigious awards at the Cornerstone Credit Union League’s Leadership Conference and Expo on Sept. 7, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.
TCCU Vice President of Operations Shelli McCoy was present to accept the Desjardins Youth Financial Education and Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service awards.
McCoy’s Credit Union Development Educator (DE) training in 2015 introduced her to the 12 development issues that have been identified as barriers to economic growth and prosperity for the world’s families. McCoy soon discovered that a community in Southeast Fort Worth, just four short miles away from TCCU’s main branch, was affected by all 12 issues and was in the early planning stages of a revitalization initiative. McCoy made contact and, after attending meetings and expressing enthusiastic interest in helping, was asked to serve as a community advisor with Renaissance Heights United, a nonprofit community quarterback working with Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit consulting firm.
“My vision was to feed this community financial education of some kind at every touch point for a year," said McCoy. "Then it became a personal call to social responsibility to not just go out into this community and serve, but to go out into our community and serve.
McCoy pulled together TCCU staff/volunteers and other credit union DEs to provide a reality fair for high school juniors and seniors of the Uplift Academy. TCCU staff also partnered with All Children’s Home Child and Family Services (ACH), located in Renaissance Heights, to provide onsite financial education for the students in their Emergency Youth Shelter and then donated the financial education materials to ACH to provide additional resources for the children.
In addition, TCCU staff provided financial education to students who were participating in ACH’s Life Skills Project, along with job search, interviewing, and resume techniques. Children that visit the neighborhood health clinic in Renaissance Heights also benefited from TCCU’s donation of financial education materials and the financial education collaboration.
“TCCU’s reality fair was a great experience for our scholars," said Uplift Academy Dean of Instruction Trey Dodd. "Two days later, they are still talking about how much things cost and how they can’t afford all the things they thought they could—a great wake-up call for our juniors and seniors that was fun and informative for them.”
This year-long, multi-faceted outreach garnered TCCU both the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award and the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award.
TCCU is an $86 million credit union serving over 10,600 members throughout Tarrant County, Texas. TCCU operates four branches located in Fort Worth, Hurst, Lake Worth, and Arlington.