United Federal Credit Union Staff ‘Pay It Forward’ to Help the Community
United Federal Credit Union – Press Release
January 7, 2020
Contact: Matt Orlando
Phone: (888) 982-1400 ext. 1473
United Federal Credit Union, 2807 South State Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
United Federal Credit Union Staff ‘Pay It
Forward’ to Help the Community
In 2019 through the Pay It Forward program, United collectively donated more than $16,400 to 56 different families, individuals, and community organizations across the six states where branches are located.
As part of the Pay It Forward, United provides $15 to every employee to give to a needy individual, family, or organization of their choice. Many times, departments and branches combine funds to create a more substantial donation.
Employees in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Rogers and Springdale, Arkansas raised money to gift the Child Nutrition program at the Alma School District, the Circle of Life Hospice in northwest Arkansas, Grace Hills Elementary in Rogers, CASA of Crawford County, as well as a family in need of help with medical expenses.
Arkansas Market Vice President Stephanie Riffle says it’s something employees look forward to every year. “People helping people is what the credit union philosophy is all about. At United, our team works together to make the biggest impact possible for our friends and neighbors who might be in need, especially around the holidays.”
The program began in 2008 with a request from employees that they use the money otherwise spent on internal holiday celebrations to help people in the community.
“What really makes our Pay It Forward program special is that our employees step up every year and go above and beyond,” said President/CEO Terry O’Rourke. “The team at United is always looking for ways to make someone’s day a little brighter, and while Pay It Forward takes place during the holiday season, United employees give back and volunteer year-round. We believe that even small acts of kindness can lead to a big impact for individuals and our communities.”
At every conclusion of Pay It Forward, United gathers its entire staff to hear more about how each department utilized the charitable funds. In 2019, that meeting occurred on December 18.
United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. United consists of more than 174,000 Member/owners worldwide and manages assets in excess of $2.8 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal opportunity lender. Equal housing lender. For more information visit www.unitedfcu.com