Duluth, Georgia (PRWEB) February 15, 2012
President’s Day may be a day off from work for many workers, but for the more than 200 employees of Georgia United Credit Union, it’s become a day to give back and this year more so than ever before.
Since 2010, thousands of hungry and homeless Georgia residents have been aided through the volunteer efforts of credit union employees and members as a part of Georgia United’s annual TEAM Day of training and motivation. That first year, credit union employees created and donated 2,000 meal or personal care kits. This year Georgia United employees will double the effort by assembling 2,000 meal kits and 2,000 personal care kits—a total of 4,000-- to donate to The Gateway Center of Atlanta. The Gateway Center is Atlanta’s largest homeless services organization and has helped more than 34,000 homeless individuals over the last five years.
“We are a service organization,” said Georgia United President Warren Butler in discussing the original motivation. “It made perfect sense to use this opportunity to allow all our employees to take an active role serving others in our community.”
This year, with community need greater than ever before, Georgia United will also use the day to launch “Reaching out, Giving Back—Help Georgia United Can Hunger”-- a canned food drive encouraging all Georgia United Branches to collect canned food for local food banks in their area. Our goal is to collect at least four tons of food (9,000+ cans) during the two month period following team day.
The effort involves all credit union employees as well as the corporate support of others. “In preparation for this year’s TEAM Day service theme, we have reached out to others in our community to become involved and donate items,” added Butler. “For example, Rock-Tenn Corporation of Norcross donated 2,000 meal boxes and Coca Cola donated 2,000 bottles of Dasani water for the project. Although the Credit Union will purchase the majority of the items, it’s been great to see businesses come together for a worthy cause to help those who really need a helping hand.”
The activity will be on full display the morning of February 20, at Cross Pointe Church’s Student Building at 1800 Satellite Boulevard, when the Georgia United Credit Union employees gather to assemble the kits for donation (that will include pop top foods, snacks, apple sauce, bottled water, etc.) and the personal care kits (washcloths, towels, razors, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) and then load them into boxes for delivery to the Gateway Center.
About Georgia United Credit Union
Georgia United Credit Union is ranked as one of the top credit unions in Georgia with over $890 million in assets and sixteen branch locations. Their mission is to provide value-priced financial services to members. Georgia United Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) up to $250,000 per account.
Georgia United Credit Union serves employees and family members of all State of Georgia Agencies, over 450 companies, 10 county school systems, and the University of Georgia faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additional information may be located at Georgiaunitedcu.org or at our media center.
To learn more about the Gateway Center, visit gatewayctr.org.