Giving back to the community is a way of life for credit unions. During this year’s Southeast CUNA Management School, students took a break form the academic rigors of the program to put credit unions’ “people helping people” philosophy into action.
A total of 34 credit union professionals worked together to provide school supplies for students in need in the Athens area. Members of the Class of 2019 purchased school supplies and then spent the afternoon decorating and assembling 125 supply bags, which were brought to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens has provided a clean, healthy and safe environment for the youth of Clarke County for more than 50 years. About 71 percent of students in the Clarke County School System come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
In addition to supply bags, the class donated 125 BRAVE bears, which will be given to a foster care agency and distributed to children placed in the foster care system.
Amanda Blair, a student in the Class of 2019, said she was especially thankful for the chance to participate in the service project.
“You see, while my children attended elementary school, they were the ones receiving the school supply bags,” Blair said. “Today, I was able to fill my own bags for children just like my boys all those years ago. I remember the kids coming home with school supplies from local charities and how thankful we were than someone had taken a financial burden off our plate.”
The Southeast CUNA Management School is administered by the Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS). Students in the Class of 2019 serve credit unions from eleven states across the Untied States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.