Making a positive difference in the lives of our members and the Athens community is a core value of Ohio University Credit Union. We show our support by sponsoring local events, organizing our employees to volunteer their time, and raising money to benefit a variety of community based organizations. Here you can read about our latest efforts to make a difference in our community.
Beginning in the summer of 2015, OUCU developed an employee volunteerism program that allowed employees to volunteer to take time away from their work to get out and make a positive impact on our community. Several volunteer opportunities were developed, and in total employees volunteered 178 hours in just half a year volunteering for projects like these: Good Works, Inc. Friday Night Life meal, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County Strouds Run event, Athens County Food Pantry packing, Athens County Visiting Nurses Casserole Comfort program, Athens County Dog Shelter dog walking, United Seniors/Athens Rec Center Senior Activities, and Athens County Visiting Nurses flower arranging.
Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops cost-free methods to communicate with family while serving in the United States military.They accept all phones, in any condition, as well as batteries, chargers and accessories. A collection box is located in each lobby.
For our 2016 calendar, we featured 12 pieces of artwork from artists at Passion Works Studio, an Athens non-profit organization that fosters creative collaboration between those with and without disabilities. Each month of the calendar features a different Passion Works painting, and during that piece's feature month OUCU raffles off the featured painting in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens. With the funds raised from these raffles, OUCU also coordinated a collaborative event between Passion Works and Big Brothers Big Sisters, where BBBS "littles" and Passion Works Artists had a day of creativity, taking part in exciting arts and crafts projects.
OUCU worked with Athens County Children Services to provide Christmas gifts to 30 children. OUCU staff and board member donations, along with a match from OUCU, totaled nearly $2,400. Also, the OUCU Board of Directors turned down Christmas gifts from OUCU to add another $1,250, totaling $3,650 total, all of which was used to purchase Christmas gifts for local kids!
OUCU employees volunteered their time to ring the bell and our tellers counted kettles for the annual Salvation Army Kettle Drive. Funds raised support the Salvation Army of Athens and Meigs Counties in their effort to support the needs of families in our local community.
OUCU sponsored the Holiday Communiversity Band Concert with a performance by the Athens Community Music School Children's Chorus.
OUCU was a donation drop off for a food drive coordinated by the Gathering Place, a local non-profit providing mental health programs in our community.
OUCU took part in the Athens Community Center's Halloween Game Night, passing out Halloween prizes and playing games with local children after Athens Trick or Treat.
OUCU sponsored the ABC Players' production of Stuart Little, performed at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville.
OUCU supported the Athens Area Stand Down program, which aims to assist the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness, particularly U.S. veterans. Collection boxes were placed at each OUCU branch, and the community was encouraged to donate needed supplies for the program. Also, OUCU volunteered to send representatives to the event to provide free personal finance information to those in attendance at the Stand Down event.
OUCU has supported the Athens County Fair Junior Livestock Auction for many, many years. OUCU purchased several animals at the 2016 auction and held our annual meat raffle, where members entered a free giveaway for the chance of winning the meat purchased at the auction.
Athens County Children Services developed the Peanut Butter & Jelly project as a way to provide local children lunches throughout the summer. OUCU participated in the program again in 2016, donating $1,000 toward the program along with setting up collection sites for jars of peanut butter and jelly at each branch to help supply lunches for local children.
OUCU’s annual shred day was a huge success in 2016. Information Destruction Systems (IDS) was able to shred and recycle over 5.25 tons of paper, 1,500 pounds more than the previous year!
Employees held fundraising events in the months leading up to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake in order to sponsor bowling teams for the April 3, 2016 event. OUCU and its employees raised several thousand dollars for he event and for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
We asked the community to nominate loved ones, significant others and close friends to receive a Cool Cat Candygram, which included a rose, a box of chocolates, and a visit from Cool Cat. Several people were surprised with a visit and gift on Valentine's Day!
OUCU hosted two free community skating nights for local families at Bird Arena. Both admission and skate rental were free of charge for all attendees.
OUCU developed an entirely new promotion this year, working toward supporting six Athens charities. Each time a new member joined the credit union or took advantage of one of our qualifying products or services, they would be asked to choose one of our six partner charities to receive a $25 donation from OUCU. Through these donations, along with a number of additional contributions from generous OUCU members, we were able to raise a total of $12,118 to distribute to those charities, well exceeding our initial $10,000 donation goal! Our partner charities for the Give and Grow Campaign were: