SAFE CU launches Building CommYOUnity week to support local nonprofits

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The challenge: to encourage SAFE Credit Union employees to volunteer in a time of social distancing. The solution: the inaugural Building CommYOUnity Week of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities.

SAFE puts a high priority on philanthropy and volunteerism as part of the credit union mission of people helping people.

The challenge: to encourage SAFE Credit Union employees to volunteer to help the Greater Sacramento region during a time of social distancing.

The solution: the inaugural Building CommYOUnity Week that provided in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities.

“As a nonprofit financial cooperative, SAFE understands the importance of supporting the well-being of the communities we serve,” said Amanda Merz, SAFE’s community and advocacy engagement manager and creator of Building CommYOUnity Week. “SAFE puts a high priority on philanthropy and volunteerism as part of the credit union mission of people helping people. We donate more than $400,000 a year to local organizations working to lift our region and to students through scholarships to help them reach for their dreams. And every staff member at SAFE receives 16 hours of paid time each year to volunteer for the causes they care about.”

More than 170 SAFE employees selected from socially distanced and remote volunteer opportunities that supported 11 local nonprofits that align with SAFE’s philanthropic pillars of health, education, and current and former military personnel. Activities included making no-sew blankets for Hands4Hope; writing words of encouragement for City Year; stocking shelves for Placer Food Bank and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services; writing letters to Snowline Hospice clients; creating Welcome Home kits for Sacramento Self Help Housing; and other projects supporting St. John’s Program for Real Change, Wellsprings Women’s Center, St. Vincent de Paul, and HOPE Counseling.

The Building CommYOUnity week, held in September, is part of SAFE’s expanded service to the community to help meet challenges posed by the pandemic. SAFE donated $60,000 in emergency grants to four local organizations to help them meet additional need for their service.. SAFE also distributed thousands of cloth masks to nonprofits.

About SAFE
SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. It is a leading financial institution in Northern California with more than $3.5 billion in assets and about 240,000 members. It offers extensive digital banking solutions as well as in-person care for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region and a mortgage lending office serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA. http://www.safecu.org

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