Neighborhood Credit Union Kicks off Giving Season for Children’s Miracle Network

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Dallas-based Neighborhood CU is starting from a record-breaking $67,000 raised in 2016

Volunteers from Neighborhood Credit Union take calls from donors at the 2016 Christmas for Children Radiothon.

Volunteers from Neighborhood Credit Union take calls from donors at the 2016 Christmas for Children Radiothon.

Getting to see where our contributions go, hearing the success stories, and knowing that we are making a difference in these kids’ lives is an incredible feeling.

It’s the beginning of the 2017 giving season and Neighborhood Credit Union is excited after donating the biggest amount in its 23 year partnership with Children’s Health/Children’s Miracle Network.

Neighborhood Credit Union allows its members to skip a loan payment during the holidays in return for a small donation. The money raised from the Skip-A-Payment campaign is donated directly to Children’s. In 2016 alone, Neighborhood CU raised $67,500 for Children’s Miracle Network.

Neighborhood CU staff also volunteers at the Christmas is for Children Radiothon each year, a live broadcast where radio personalities encourage listeners to call in to make donations. Over the past five years of volunteering at the Radiothon, Neighborhood Credit Union and its members have been able to contribute a total of $153,953.92.

“We have been privileged to be able to work alongside Children’s Health over the past 23 years,” said Carolyn Jordan, senior vice president of Neighborhood Credit Union. “Getting to see where our contributions go, hearing the success stories, and knowing that we are making a difference in these kids’ lives is an incredible feeling.”

It doesn’t stop there. Each year in September Children’s Miracle Network holds what’s called Miracle Jeans Day where employees can make a donation to wear jeans to work that day. Neighborhood Credit Union looks forward to that day because it’s just another way it can support a cause it cares so deeply for.

Then enters 14-year-old Sim Scott, a Plano brain tumor survivor.

It was through the Christmas for Children Radiothon that Scott formed a special relationship with Neighborhood Credit Union as their “Child Champion,” a $25,000 a year sponsorship.

In 2009, then six-year-old Scott was diagnosed with a grade II astrocytoma brain tumor that required two major surgeries as doctors worked to remove the tumor from his brain stem. Not letting anything slow him down, Scott has earned himself a spot in Plano Independent School District’s Health Sciences Academy, an academic program that prepares students who want to pursue a pre-med path in college.

Over the past five years, Scott and Neighborhood Credit Union have worked together raising awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network. He has even been a speaker at various Neighborhood Credit Union events.

“Our team at Neighborhood Credit Union thinks the world of Sim Scott,” said Neighborhood Credit Union President and CEO Chet Kimmell. “Sim’s humility, perspective and passion have inspired our credit union members and staff alike to contribute more than $150,000 in matching funds to help other children facing life-threatening conditions.”

About Neighborhood Credit Union: The oldest credit union in Dallas (chartered April 18, 1930), Neighborhood Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial organization serving Dallas, Denton and Ellis counties, as well as the City of Arlington. With branches in Dallas, Richardson, Arlington, Mesquite, Duncanville, Waxahachie, Lancaster, Grand Prairie, Coppell, and Highland Village, and assets topping $600 million, Neighborhood Credit Union has a membership of 49,000 and continues to welcome new members daily. For more information, call (214) 748-9393 or visit http://www.myncu.com.

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