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.
OUCU worked with Athens County Children Services to provide Christmas gifts to 18 children. Credit union staff and board members donations, along with a matching contribution from OUCU, totaled nearly $3,000, all of which was used to purchase Christmas gifts for local kids!
OUCU organized a visit from Santa Claus, providing an opportunity for families to have their child's photo with Santa free of charge.
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 ABC Players holiday production of “Charlotte's Web: The Musical.”
OUCU sponsored the Holiday Communiversity Band Concert with a performance by the Athens Community Music School Children's Chorus.
OUCU participated in the county-wide Warm Up Athens County coat drive, helping collect winter coats for those in need in our area.
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 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:
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 2015, 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. Information Destruction Systems (IDS) was able to shred and recycle nearly 4.5 tons of paper!
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 12, 2015 event. OUCU and its employees raised several thousand dollars forthe 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.