BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Through Credit Unions for Kids, numerous credit unions are committed to partnering with their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This initiative allows credit unions to show how much they care, not only about their members financial wellbeing, but the wellness of families in the community also. Since 2009, ēCO Credit Union has supported Children’s of Alabama for fourteen years and has historically been the top fundraising credit union in the state of Alabama.
ēCO Credit Union’s 2023 Change for Children’s fundraiser, created to support Children’s of Alabama, took place from September 6th through October 20th. Members and the community were able to donate at all six ēCO Credit Union branches and through an online fundraising platform. ēCO also received a $5,000 Miracle Match from Co-Op. After the fundraiser, ēCO donated more than $40,000 to Children’s of Alabama.
ēCO employees are avid and passionate participants in the campaign for Children’s of Alabama. Their passion is felt throughout ēCO’s membership and community. The difference the hospital makes in the lives of Children and families across Alabama is a driving force behind the community wide enthusiasm. Every person gets excited about raising funds to support. ēCO’s members are very quick to support Children’s Hospital and always go above and beyond with their contributions.
“We are fortunate to have Children’s of Alabama in our backyard,” said Joey Hand, ēCO CEO. “In our fourteenth campaign, it remains exciting to see ēCO’s employees, members, and partners come together in support of Children’s of Alabama! We are appreciative of the opportunity to support an organization impacting our community.”
ēCO Credit Union has raised nearly $560,000 to support Children’s of Alabama in 14 years of fundraising.
“Year after year I am blown away by the commitment and generosity of ēCO’s employees and members! We are grateful to ēCO Credit Union’s employees and members who have contributed to Children’s of Alabama through this year’s campaign,” said Charlie Ann Shepard, Community Development Coordinator at Children’s of Alabama. “Funds from ēCO help Children’s provide transformational care and services that treat the whole child, both physically and emotionally. The support of ēCO continues to be an encouragement to all of us here at Children’s and helps provide brighter futures for children from all across Alabama. We know community is at the center of ēCO’s mission, and we are proud to be the beneficiary of their efforts to better healthcare for children in their local communities.
About ēCO Credit Union
ēCO Credit Union is a not-for-profit, democratically controlled financial cooperative, which exists solely to provide safe, cost-efficient and personal financial services to its members. ēCO Credit Union was founded in 1939, and today has over 16,000 members and over $200 million in assets. ēCO is open to the community and proudly serves members in Jefferson, Shelby, Cullman, Walker and Blount counties. Additional information about ēCO and its line of products and services can be found at www.ecocu.org.
About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians. More information is available at childrensal.org.