“Hundreds of employees participated in volunteer opportunities impacting over 20 nonprofits. I am so excited to see how well Building CommYOUnity brought SAFE employees and the community together.” – SAFE Credit Union Community Impact Manager Amanda Merz
FOLSOM, Calif (PRWEB) October 24, 2022
Putting together bags for families with kids facing cancer. Sorting food at regional food banks. Creating kitchen kits for refugees new to the Sacramento region. Serving meals to mothers and children getting their lives back on track. Staffing fundraisers. Writing letters to those in hospice.
These were just some of the activities many of SAFE Credit Union’s 750 employees participated in during the credit union’s Building CommYOUnity Month in September.
“We had a tremendous response from our employees as we put out the call to make a difference during the entire month of September,” says SAFE Credit Union Community Impact Manager Amanda Merz. “Hundreds of employees participated in volunteer opportunities impacting over 20 nonprofits. I am so excited to see how well Building CommYOUnity brought SAFE employees and the community together.”
Volunteerism is a part of the award-winning culture at SAFE. Each employee receives 16 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer. Employees are encouraged to volunteer on their own or with their co-workers.
“When I was lining up nonprofits for SAFE to volunteer for in September, I made sure to find a wide range of organizations, activities, and even locations,” says Community Impact Specialist (and Perfect Cents Podcast co-host) Brit Kelleher.
SAFE launched its Building CommYOUnity Week two years ago, but this year decided to extend it to a full month to make a bigger impact on the community.
Employees say they loved the experience.
“To me, volunteering is about giving back to the community,” says Human Resources Coordinator Taylor Morgan. “SAFE says they care about our people, and that is so true. But our people are more than our employees and members. They are the people in the community who we want to give back to.”
The nonprofits enthusiastically appreciate the support.
“We’ve had an incredible partnership with SAFE with volunteers coming many times,” says Karen Edwards, Community Engagement Manager at Saint John’s Program for Real Change. “We love having SAFE come volunteer.”
SAFE Credit Union is a leading financial institution in Northern California with over $4.5 billion in assets and more than 242,000 members. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA. http://www.safecu.org.