Charitable Giving and Community Involvement
Individual credit unions generously support many causes in their local communities. Watch this space for highlights of that giving.
As a system, we enable our members to easily donate to international relief efforts such as Red Cross disaster appeals—over $200,000 has been donated in the last two years alone. We also support life-saving efforts with the gift of life — we are Partners for Life with Canadian Blood Services, and have more than surpassed our pledged amounts over the last two years.
In October annually, many credit unions take part in a regional food drive in recognition of Co-op Week and Credit Union Day. Thousands of pounds of food have been donated over the past seven years, as well as thousands of dollars collected. In 2011, of 32 participating credit unions, 13 have reported thus far, donations of over $1100 and 3200lbs of food! (Nov. 9)
We honour Wear Pink Day in September, to stand up against bullying.
The following regional / provincial commitments are a small representation of the local giving credit unions support.
Prince Edward Island
For every purchase PEI credit union members make on a credit union MasterCard®, their credit union makes a donation to health care in their community.
Relay For Life
PEI Credit Unions jointly support this annual event to raise funds for cancer research.
Early Intervention Program
Collectively, the credit unions of Nova Scotia support this important program to support the important early years.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Collectively, the credit unions of Newfoundland and Labrador support this program that ensures breakfasts are available to fuel kids’ growing.