Whether funding support services, enrichment, and development activities, mentoring and education programs, medical research, providing scholarships, volunteering in the community, or sponsoring local events, here are just some of things that DCU is doing in the community.
The DCU Suite at Polar Park provided the Mary Beth Benison Foundation, an organization dedicated to individuals and families battling ALS, a night to enjoy the Worcester Red Sox. Lou Gehrig Night recognized many individuals impacted by ALS and those working to provide support and resources for those living with the disease. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Mike Timlin, brought smiles as he joined the MBB Foundation in the suite for the last few innings. The night was a great success, enjoyed by all in attendance.
For the 17th year, the Veteran’s Inc Stand Down event hosted dozens of community providers and employers at their headquarters for an opportunity to connect hundreds of veterans with area resources, jobs, clothing, and essential items free of charge. Haircuts were offered free to veterans, lunch was provided for all in attendance, and one lucky veteran won a car. DCU sponsored the event and provided a volunteer on-site to assist during the day.
DCU once again served as the presenting sponsor for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Hometeam High School Sports All Star Awards at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. DCU presented the Central Massachusetts Male & Female Athletes of the Year awards, chosen from top athletes across high school sports in the Central Massachusetts region. As part of DCU’s support, athletes and those in attendance had the opportunity to hear Boston Bruins Forward Charlie Coyle during a Q&A session.
DCU and Boston 25 News again partnered for the 2022 Zip Trip season, which started on July 1 in Dorchester, MA. DCU has the honor of presenting the DCU Hometown Hero to Award worthy individuals or organizations that are making a difference in their communities. In Dorchester, DCU presented the Hometown Hero to BOLD Teens, a youth-led group focused on social, environmental and health justice. During the Yarmouth Zip Trip, the Family Table Collaborative was awarded for their work in providing prepared meals for people in need in several Cape Cod communities.
In May, DCU employees facilitated and mentored two Dollar $cholar conferences with over 175 girls from Worcester East Middle School. The conference was held at Assumption University, providing an opportunity for students to be on a college campus while learning about savings, credit, and building a budget based on future goals. Students and mentors work in small groups throughout the day, providing space for mentors to share their personal and professional journeys and to answer questions for the students in one-on-one interactions. More than 400 students have participated through the United Way of Central MA Women’s Initiative Dollar $cholar program in the spring of 2022.
With a new CEO and fresh leadership in the Club, community members gathered for breakfast to discuss the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster’s future ambitions. Collaboration with DCU includes volunteer engagement as well as support from DCU for Kids. Many of the conversations throughout the morning included how community organizations can collaborate, support of the Club by community members and our elected officials, and the opportunity for more youth to be served in their afterschool and summer programs.
More than 6,000 visitors engaged in a day-long festival exploring science, technology, and robots at Polar Park in Worcester, MA. DCU contributed to the day as a sponsor, provided volunteers for the registration table, and hosted a technology exhibit to engage youth and their families visiting throughout New England. Those in attendance were diverse in age, race, ethnicity, and income, providing a free opportunity to inspire thousands of young learners as they explore hands-on STEM activities. DCU’s partnership with WPI and Touch Tomorrow continues to grow as we expand our volunteer and participation opportunities year after year.
DCU’s ongoing partnership with the United Way of Central MA’s Women’s Initiative provided another opportunity to sponsor and mentor at a recent half-day Dollar $cholar conference. More than 90 8th grade girls attended a morning of financial literacy workshops. Mentors guided the youth as they self-assessed their money habits, learned about saving and compound interest, budgeted for their future, learned about credit, and heard from an Assumption student about her high school and college journey. This partnership has provided several opportunities for DCU employees to mentor youth throughout greater Worcester.
The Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central MA’s Dollar $cholar program has returned to in-person workshops and DCU is once again a sponsor and participant in the program. In March, mentors visited the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University, Notre Dame Academy, and St. Paul’s Catholic School to facilitate financial literacy workshops for dozens of Worcester middle-school girls. DCU team members facilitated and mentored during workshops focused on budgets, saving, credit, and career dreams.
Each year during the last week of February, DCU has promoted America Saves Week, encouraging individuals and families to take a pledge to save. This year’s five-day focus included saving automatically, for the unexpected, for retirement, saving by reducing debt, and saving as a family. DCU promoted these topics through social media, dcu.org/asw, in-branch TV screens, and on DCU’s intranet to help build a financially resilient community. DCU also encouraged the public to sign up for the DCU sponsored #ThinkLikeaSaverTownHall “5 Ways to Make Saving Easier” through a press release and social media. The Town Hall was virtually attended by over 11,000 people.
DCU for Kids grant recipient, Read to a Child, requested support from DCU and departments across the credit union delivered. DCU purchased diverse books from a wish list provided, providing a total donation of close to 200 books to the program. These books will be delivered to several partner schools for their weekly read-aloud mentoring experience.
As part of DCU’s corporate sponsorship of the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, DCU was provided with tickets to the Professional Bull Riding event, including a VIP experience for four attendees. Project New Hope, Inc., of Worcester which provides resources for local veterans and their families. Sixteen attendees, including the Program Executive Director and his grandchildren enjoyed a fun evening of rodeo events and a few extra perks, including a DCU Center tour.
As a supporter of the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Women’s Initiative, the Dollar $cholar program, of which DCU is a part of, recently hosted a virtual Budget Sense session in collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute. WPI currently hosts several seventh and eighth grade girls in their "Women in STEM Leadership Academy," and invited Dollar $cholar mentors to host a workshop. Discussions around career ambitions, lifestyle choices, and the ability to budget for wants and needs was well received by the girls in attendance.
An additional 200 rock kits were provided to children in attendance at the Harlem Globetrotters and during family skate at the Worcester Common Oval, sponsored by DCU. Rocks were distributed with a message of kindness from DCU, and families were encouraged to spend time together being creative and sharing positive messages with each other through the activity. Members of the Globetrotters painted rocks as well, which will be displayed at the Worcester rock garden to be unveiled sometime in the spring/summer of 2022.
DCU recently treated 50 children and their families from Framingham, MA-based after school program, Hoops and Homework, with an experience of a lifetime at the Harlem Globetrotters show on New Year’s Day at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Hoops and Homework operates after-school and summer programs for inner-city Framingham children from low-income families. Scholarships are available so that children can attend the after-school program, get help with homework, enjoy arts and crafts, go on field trips, read books, and play with friends. The kids learned first-hand from these basketball icons about the importance working hard has on being successful in school and life, while interacting safely with the players before, during, and after the game.
Operation Service, the Boston Bruins Foundation and DCU collaborated once again to provide over 1,000 Christmas trees to active-duty service members and veterans through the Trees for Soldiers program. With the help of Veterans working at DCU, more than 400 trees were given away at three events hosted on MA military bases. As a sponsor of the program, DCU was honored to witness the impact of the events on so many who have served our nation.
DCU and community organizations such as the EcoTarium, Worcester Animal Rescue League, and Abby’s House are featured in the new Worcester Monopoly, a local version of the beloved family game. DCU has two board spaces, two community chest cards, and the DCU logo appears on the Monopoly money. The game represents Worcester’s rich and diverse cultural organizations, businesses, and nonprofits and will provide families memories for generations.
DCU is participating in the Kindness Rocks Project™ by painting rocks and writing inspirational messages to help spread kindness. DCU employees facilitated several community workshops focused on kindness with over 200 children, teens, and young adults, and donated several hundred more rock-painting kits. More than 1000 employees have participated in the initiative through team-building and individual efforts. Check out our highlight video here celebrating World Kindness Day on November 13, 2021.
The Montachusett Veterans Opportunity Center (MVOC) in Gardner, MA recently hosted DCU team members to discuss how credit unions provide products and services which benefit banking needs. Several veterans were on hand to hear what DCU would mean to them, discussing account opening, rebuilding credit, and the benefit of our online banking features. DCU also provided MVOC with a donation in recognition of Veterans Day as well as gift cards for the veterans in attendance to a local grocery store, to thank them for their service.
DCU supported Neighbors in Need, an organization in Lawrence, MA that provides food and supplies to community members in need of resources. For Thanksgiving, the organization assembled dinner kits complete with donated turkeys, produce, and dry goods. For the second time, DCU provided 250 insulated grocery totes for the meals to be packaged. This year, team members also purchased baby supplies (diapers, wipes, and formula) that were donated along with the grocery totes. The organization expressed gratitude as they were in need of supplies for community members with infants this holiday season.
Several team members gathered at the Community Harvest Project (CHP) apple orchard in Harvard, MA to pick, sort, and pack apples to be donated to Worcester, MA area food security partners. The DCU team picked 2400 pounds of apples, and sorted and packed 1,000 pounds of apples which will make about 3000 servings of fresh fruit. CHP is a non-profit farm that engages volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. Their vision is to create connected communities that ensure access to healthy food for all.
The Marlborough, MA Rotary Club hosted students, local businesses and volunteers for discussions around career ambitions and financial goals. Students each chose a career and used a worksheet to project their salary and taxes. They spent a morning budgeting future expenses by visiting volunteer led tables which included housing, utilities, food, transportation, communications, savings, lending, and entertainment. DCU was on hand to discuss the importance of starting to save as early as possible, making sure savings was always at the top of their budget priorities. Nearly 100 conversations took place during the morning with many students excited about their futures.
To help those consumers who might not otherwise have access to banking services, DCU along with Service Credit Union, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union and US Alliance, teamed up to create an app to help the low-to-moderate income populations. Bank Dora, named after credit union pioneer, Dora Maxwell, bills itself as “the credit union industry’s first neo-bank strategy.”
DCU served as the Presenting Sponsor of the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference at the DCU Center as part of the credit union’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. The Worcester, MA Chamber of Commerce hosted the day-long conference which included keynote speakers Cynthia Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and Michelle Poler, author and founder of the “Hello Fears” social movement. DCU’s Director of Learning and Development introduced Ms. Marshall to the attendees. In between keynote speeches, breakout and networking sessions/panels were hosted on the topics of work-life balance, motherhood, advancing your career post-pandemic, DE&I, practicing mindfulness, pandemic leadership, and leading through organizational change.
The Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter hosted its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s to fund meaningful research in the fight against the disease. DCU supported their efforts and encouraged team members to share stories of their loved ones who courageously battled with Alzheimer’s disease. This year’s event was hybrid, with some participants walking virtually and others at Hanover Insurance Office Park. To date, the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter has raised over $442,000 through a total of 1,292 walkers – of which, included DCU team members.
DCU once again sponsored, assisted in planning, and volunteered for the 26th Annual United Way of North Central MA Day of Caring. Approximately 450 volunteers were on hand on September 17 to assist 37 agencies with 43 service projects across more than 20 communities. Throughout the morning, volunteers completed nearly 1,800 hours of work!
Rise Above Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) partnered to build a playground at the Worcester West office that will strengthen family connections and promote healthy play, a first of its kind on a Massachusetts DCF site. DCU’s sponsorship helped to provide a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate space families to have visits with their children, supporting their journeys towards reunification.
DCU and DCU for Kids volunteered in various capacities at the 46th Annual Lori Lajoie Charity Golf Tournament to ensure the fundraising event was a success. Proceeds from this event support Seven Hills Foundation and our focus on the mental health of children and our families in our community.
Each year, the first Tuesday in August brings communities together to celebrate National Night Out, promoting police-community relations. Police departments host local organizations who present resources and an evening of fun to residents. DCU provided sponsorships to many of our branch community police departments to help fund food and activities like a rock-climbing wall, a frisbee dog show, and a balloon artist.
The Gardner Police teamed up with the Massachusetts State Police to host a Water Safety Day, for families and youth. DCU provided 70 pool noodles which were distributed to participants after a day of lessons and fun. The State Police dive team discussed water safety tips and staged a demonstration showing how to help someone in distress.
To recognize Latino and Hispanic heritage in both Major League Baseball and our local communities, the WooSox played several games wearing Los Wepas jerseys. DCU joined in the celebration by recognizing some of our community partners that serve Latino/Hispanic community members and treating them to a game-day experience. Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars, and the Leominster Spanish American Center. received tickets, a pre-game tour, ice cream vouchers, and a visit from the mascot, courtesy of DCU.
DCU recently sponsored the America Saves #ThinkLikeASaver Town Hall: Buying Your First Home. The free virtual webinar was held on July 22 and provided attendees the knowledge and tools to confidently save for and purchase a first home. Discussions reviewed topics such as preparing for home ownership and saving for a down payment. A recording of the webinar can be found here.
#LUNAFEST, a virtual film festival which featured short films created by, for, and involving women, donated 100% of proceeds raised to Budget Buddies’ group-based financial health workshops. Budget Buddies helps women regain control of their finances, reduce financial anxiety, increase economic self-sufficiency, and transform their lives by teaching core money management skills. DCU continues to partner with Budget Buddies, aligning our missions of financial education and security.
Once again, DCU supported Seven Hills’ Virtual Bigger Dipper Ice Cream Festival with all proceeds going directly to providing access to mental health services, educational supports, connections to community resources, and basic needs for children and families. The event provided an opportunity to enjoy a sweet treat at some of Worcester County’s most popular ice cream shops while raising funds and awareness for Seven Hills.
As the Awards Sponsor for this year’s Worcester Chamber of Commerce Game Changers Business Conference & Expo, DCU assisted in recognizing the leaders that are shaping Worcester’s economy and community. This year’s theme centered around addressing equity in justice, economy, and education. The panelists and award recipients were all inspiring with their wisdom and ongoing work toward a more equitable Worcester and beyond by calling upon business leaders to take actionable steps today that will provide a more equitable future for all.
Nearly 100 teams made up of firefighters, police officers, and military personnel, from across the United States and Canada, gathered at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA for the 2021 BFit Heroes Cup. Over $450,000 has been raised so far with the funds going to each team’s charity of choice. DCU presented the first-ever DCU Community Lamplighter’s Award to the Chelmsford, MA Fire Department for their dedication to raising funds and awareness for their chosen charity – Kids In Disability Sports (KIDS), Inc. To further recognize their efforts, DCU presented KIDS, Inc. with a donation to support programming which gives children with disabilities an opportunity for socialization and learning through sports.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Touch Tomorrow, a free and interactive virtual festival, introduced students to the wide world of science with a week-long series of experiments and demonstrations, lab tours, and loads of excitement for youth around the world. DCU supported Touch Tomorrow and WPI on their mission to provide youth with free and interactive access to space, science, technology, and robots through extensive STEM programming by providing area youth kits filled with materials for the week of activities.
The North County Land Trust hosted its second annual Rock & Laurel 5K Trail Race on the trails of Crocker Conservation in Fitchburg, MA. DCU was a sponsor of the 5K trail race/walk which wound through scenic wooded trails lined with mountain laurel in bloom. Funds raised from this race supported the North County Land Trust in their continued land conservation efforts to protect the natural world for the greater good of all.
DCU team members assisted the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, conducting interviews of their Summer Junior Staff applicants. The youth, aged 14-17, attended a job readiness program to build their resume, practice interviewing skills, and prepare to apply for their first jobs. DCU team members conducted nine interviews at the club, providing an opportunity for the youth to discuss their applications and to receive feedback about their resume and interview.
Several DCU team members from across the credit union were on hand to assist The Food Project at their organic farm, located in Lincoln, MA. A morning was spent weeding crops on one of their 30-acre farms, which produces 200,000 pounds of food for the community through the hard work of hired teens and volunteers with the guidance of the nonprofit staff. Vegetables grown on the farm are sold in low-income communities at farmers markets, through the sale of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) packages, and donated to local hunger relief organizations.
Red Nose Day is an annual national campaign for Comic Relief, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise funds and awareness to end child poverty and help to keep children safe, healthy, educated, and empowered. DCU supported Comic Relief by purchasing 2,500 red noses, sharing them via digital download with our employees, Girl’s Inc, and the United Way Youth Venture programs. Employees submitted selfies with their #noseson, helping to raise awareness around a meaningful cause while making “smiles” - one digital nose at a time
The Worcester, MA Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration hosted a free, half-day Woostapreneur conference to connect greater Worcester to the entrepreneurship ecosystem and business resource providers in Central Massachusetts. DCU sponsored the conference, designed for existing business owners, budding entrepreneurs, veteran entrepreneurs, millennial entrepreneurs, women-owned businesses, and other underserved entrepreneurs in search of business help. Representatives from several organizations which support entrepreneurs were in attendance to share what they offer and answer questions in small groups.
Although April is designated as Financial Literacy month, the tips and lessons learned and shared should be applied throughout the entire year. DCU believes that financial education empowers individuals to achieve their goals and improve their financial footing. Just a few of the initiatives that took place throughout April included sharing budgeting tips with our members, participating in virtual events that promoted financial well-being for individuals of all ages, and using DCU’s social media channels and other marketing vehicles to educate and engage our members including:
On April 14, Mount Wachusett Community College hosted hundreds of students from North Central Massachusetts for their Healthy Minds half-day virtual curriculum of educational workshops and fun. DCU sponsored the event, along with a representative from DCU’s Public Relations Department presenting to 70 students during a 45-minute workshop “Teens to Twenties: Glo Up Money Plan.” Students were encouraged to create a vision board for their 10-year financial aspirations. A focus on college, credit, and cash exposed students to what good credit, limited borrowing, and a focus on saving should and will mean to them.
DCU created a video to share information on free services available through the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. The video was shared on in-branch televisions as well as on our social media channels. These federal programs are available through the IRS to assist qualified taxpayers access to tax benefits that may be available by providing free tax preparation services.
On April 16, DCU team members were on hand to facilitate and mentor students from Worcester East Middle School during a Dollar $cholar virtual webinar. The two-budgeting sessions brought 50 students lessons around financing how they imagined their futures. From choosing a career, home, transportation, and making lifestyle decisions, students were mentored around budgeting their choices with their perspective career incomes. Exposure to what an education may cost, to other expenses such as: housing, food, and entertainment allowed students to get a glimpse into what a budget means for their future.
The United Way of Central Massachusetts facilitated the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program once again to provide free tax-preparation services to qualified individuals. DCU’s support of these efforts helped provide volunteers with the training and support they needed to assist hundreds of individuals and families file their taxes. The Volunteer Thank You event was a night dedicated to the many volunteers who make the VITA program a success for so many individuals who rely on this service.
When Safe Homes, an affiliated program of Open Sky Community Services, reached out to DCU for support of this year’s gala, there was no question that we’d assist in their mission to decrease isolation and foster health and well-being in LGBTQIA+ youth in Central MA. The organization found DCU after a conversation with other LGBTQIA+ leaders in the Worcester, MA area who identified DCU as an organization that supports inclusion. The virtual gala featured testimonials from former program attendees who now facilitate groups or volunteer their services at Safe Homes.
Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GALs) of Worcester County is a not-for-profit organization committed to speaking for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Worcester County Courts. CASA held their Champions for Children fundraiser virtually on April 30. DCU sponsored the event where awards to those who are making a difference for countless youth in our communities were presented.
Annually, people across the globe celebrate 3.14, the first three significant digits of the mathematical constant pi π on March 14th. Much like DCU, Table Talk Pies, based out of Worcester, MA, is a local staple that strives to make a big impact in the community. DCU was able to share a slice of the fun by sponsoring and sending pies to the Worcester Police and Fire Departments. This small, sweet gesture brought smiles and joy to the men and women who tirelessly serve our communities.
DCU team members volunteered virtually to give back in a meaningful way at Girls, Inc., an organization dedicated to encouraging all girls to be smart, strong, and bold. The DCU team provided valuable personalized feedback and guidance on interviewing skills and resume-building while working with girls who are part of Eureka!, a five-year STEM program that engages and empowers 8th to 12th grade girls to build confidence and discover leadership and academic opportunities.
In partnership with the Dollar $cholar program through the United Way of Central MA’s Women’s Initiative, team members spent the morning of March 17 meeting virtually with 50 middle school girls from Leicester, MA Public Schools. The youth came prepared for the session with career aspirations in mind and spent the morning imagining how they see themselves living as a career woman. Mentors helped walk the girls through decisions about where they wanted to live, what lifestyle choices they look forward to, and how they will educate themselves. After these aspirations were budgeted, salaries for their desired careers were provided, and the girls learned how to balance their budgets.
To celebrate our Hudson, NH branch relocation, team members spent time packing insulated grocery totes with food and goodies to give out to residents through the help of the Hudson Senior Center. Packages included soups, pastas, oatmeal, tea, hot cocoa, cookies, a word search book, and other goodies. The director of the Hudson Senior Center expressed appreciation for the gesture. Many seniors have been isolated from social activities during the pandemic and were thrilled to receive a package, thoughtfully put together by their neighbors.
During the month of February, DCU participated in the annual Gift of Warmth Drive in collaboration with other Massachusetts Credit Unions. Through this drive, donations of blankets and children's pajamas provide comfort and warmth for a child who receives a bed through the organization, through the "A Bed for Every Child" through the MA Coalition for the Homeless. This year team members pooled their resources, purchasing blankets and pajamas for the virtual effort. Our small role in this drive will help to keep children safe and warm.
On February 11, DCU supported and sponsored the 8th Annual Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala. Virtual attendees enjoyed a video of mentors and their mentees talking about what being matched together means to them. Mentoring not only improves the lives of youth in our communities, but also provides a meaningful way for adults to give back and shape our next generation of leaders.
For the first time, DCU sponsored the Authentic Caribbean Foundation’s virtual event to honor difference-makers in the Caribbean-American community and acknowledge Afro Caribbean Black History. Award recipients and other honorees were applauded for their contributions to community-building. The night was as entertaining as it was inspiring as several Caribbean-influenced musicians provided singing, drumming, and a chance for Zoom dancing.
In recognition of January as National Mentoring Month, DCU partnered with local non-profit LUK, Inc. to produce a 90 second video about the impact of mentoring youth. This video spoke to the benefits of youth having an adult they can confide in. It highlighted mentoring’s role in reducing school absenteeism and increasing college attendance rates, and stressed that the impact can be achieved in as little as one hour per week.
Powered by Purpose: Achieving Equity for All
DCU team members virtually attended the 16th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women. This conference provided opportunities including a complimentary career coaching and résumé review, facilitated networking discussions and a women-owned business marketplace for attendees to shop local. Breakout sessions covered activism, leadership, adversity, problem solving, and mental health.
DCU Provides Survival Bracelets for American Heroes
Members of DCU’s Marketing Team crafted 100 quick-release paracord survival bracelets to support military service members and first responders through Operation Gratitude. These simple yet essential bracelets are worn to be used in an emergency, holding up to 550 lbs. of weight and provide 7.5 feet of cord. The paracord can assist in making a shelter or splint, or by unweaving the individual nylon strands to make fishing line, emergency sutures, or to be used in other survival situations.
Providing Holiday Gifts to Children
DCU continued its support of the annual Toys for Tots drive in Marlborough, MA. Partnering each year with local Marines, our efforts to provide a monetary donation in 2020 allowed the organization to purchase toys for area children. The drive was an overall success, and we are thankful to hear that so many children were provided a gift this Christmas thanks to the ongoing generosity of the neighbors in our communities.
Providing a Forum for Women in Leadership
Women in leadership and emerging leaders from across the credit union attended the 11th Annual Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, presented by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. DCU was a major sponsor of this event, introducing the morning keynote speaker and facilitating a question-and-answer segment following the keynote presentation. This year’s event, offered through a virtual platform, provided an opportunity for women to learn about business and personal growth, entrepreneurship, balancing family, and self-care, among other topics.
Backpack Donation to Students
DCU donated 48 backpacks complete with school supplies to the Merrimack Valley Dream Center of Lawrence, MA, benefiting elementary-to-middle school-aged students living in the Greater Lawrence community. This donation was part of the organization’s “Back to School Backpack Giveaway,” which helped families who lost their jobs to the pandemic.
Providing Financial Literacy and Education
The United Way of Central Massachusetts Women’s Initiative provides Dollar $cholar programming to middle and high school aged girls, guiding youth through financial literacy and education. DCU participated in the taping of two segments: Savings and Interest and Using Credit Wisely as part of a collaborative video which familiarized youth with financial literacy.
Apple-Picking to Benefit Worcester County Food Bank
DCU team members joined the Corridor 9/495 Chamber of Commerce at the Community Harvest Project’s apple orchard in Groton, MA. Three-thousand pounds of apples were picked and sorted by volunteers, equating to 10,000 servings of fresh fruit donated to the Worcester County Food Bank.
DCU Runners Show a Lot of Heart at Boston Marathon
Since 2000, DCU and DCU for Kids have supported the Credit Unions Kids at Heart® program, competing in the Boston Marathon while raising funds for pediatric brain research projects at Boston Children's Hospital. DCU team members completed the modified 124th Annual Boston Marathon while another teammate completed an unofficial half marathon, helping raise more than $75,000 to support Boston Children’s Hospital’s mission of helping children lead happy and healthy lives.
United Way of North Central MA's Day of Caring
DCU sponsored the United Way of North Central Massachusetts’ Annual Day of Caring. Between two half-day events, numerous agencies hosted 35 projects with 294 volunteers who provided a total of 1,176 hours of hands-on assistance. While this year looked a little different due to social distancing requirements, the meaningful impact left remained the same. From painting to gardening, clean-outs and clean-ups, organizing, filing, and having a little fun, volunteers proved to be an invaluable asset to many local non-profit agencies.
Brigham & Women's Step Up for Stepping Strong
In partnership with Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Step Up for Stepping Strong Challenge encouraged participants to track 500 million cumulative steps, providing a $100,000 donation from Cigna Health to The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma. DCU team members accumulated a total of 1,711,945 steps during the event.
DCU Concludes 2020 Boston 25 News "Mini" Zip Trip Season
Boston 25 News concluded the 2020 Zip Trip season , a partnership in which DCU had the honor of virtually presenting the Hometown Hero Award to worthy individuals and organizations making a difference in their communities. The summer of 2020 was DCU’s ninth year serving as the exclusive financial institution to sponsor the Boston 25 Zip Trip season.
DCU Supports Foster Children's Return to School
Fostering Change, Inc. works to assist children in foster care throughout Massachusetts. With the support of partners like DCU, Fostering Change gathered supplies for back-to-school needs including new backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators, and more.
Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth in Worcester Counter
DCU sponsored the Worcester-based organization Love Your Labels, which provides programming to address identity development and social-emotional learning. Their newly organized Youth Board, comprised of queer and trans emerging leaders ages 13-18, provides access to financial literacy resources, workforce readiness opportunities, and leadership training and workshops.
DCU Team Members “Dig” Giving Back
Team members spent time weeding and filling raised garden beds at the Seven Hills Foundation’s affiliate, the ASPiRE! Program . The garden is part of their horticultural program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and brain injuries, which helps to foster life skills.
Know Before You Go - CU Student Choice Webinar
DCU and Credit Union Student Choice hosted a free webinar, created to help students and their families gain a better understanding of their student lending options, borrower eligibility, and the college application process. DCU members accounted for over 65% of all attendees, ensuring that our members have the necessary knowledge and tools to make fully informed decisions when it comes to pursuing a higher education.
Boston Children’s Hospital’s Corporate Cup
DCU sponsored the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Corporate Cup , where team members participated virtually in a series of friendly competitions. Proceeds raised from the event helped make a positive impact through the “Every Child Fund” at Boston Children’s Hospital – designed to help children and families, and fuel lifesaving research.
Recognizing the DCU Hometown Hero during the Pandemic
DCU teamed up with Boston 25 News to recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and everyday citizens as Hometown Heroes in communities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Each award segment highlighted inspiring stories to honor local heroes who went above and beyond to help their neighbors and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanking Essential Workers – The DCU Way
Team members shared thank you messages to essential workers in early May in honor of Giving Tuesday. We invite you to view the video here.
Team Members Making a Difference
Throughout the credit union, team members continued to make a difference in their communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some examples included crocheting and providing 3D printing mask fasteners for frontline workers to alleviate the stress on the ears, and by packing meals for The Outreach Program to send to food pantries throughout New England.
Red Nose Day Goes Virtual with Support of DCU
DCU once again sponsored Red Nose Day, a campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy, and educated. Comic Relief USA brings people together through the power of entertainment, while raising life-changing funds to help the children that need it most. The campaign went digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with DCU purchasing 2,000 red noses to share with team members and community partners.
DCU Serves as Platinum Sponsor of EVERFI’s National Financial Bee
DCU proudly sponsored the EVERFI National Financial Bee, a first-of-its-kind nationwide financial capability challenge for students in 7th-10th grade. The five-day challenge featured daily lessons covering important financial topics, followed by an essay contest where students competed for a chance to win up to $10,000 in college scholarships. EVERFI reported that nearly 8,000 students completed the program through DCU’s co-branded landing page. William Bird, a 16-year-old DCU member who attends Hollis-Brookline High School in Hollis, NH was selected as the first place, $10,000 scholarship essay contest winner.
DCU Sponsors Corona/Crown Art Project
The Revolving Museum and ArtSpace Maynard teamed up to create a bilingual traveling public artwork entitled “Corona/Crown Project,” that addressed public health issues surrounding COVID-19, traveling through Central and Eastern Massachusetts. The rolling artwork showcases kinetic sculptures and short poems written in both English and Spanish and featured paintings of hands using American Sign Language that spells out love, hope and faith. The project also sent gift packages to places in need that included: masks, soap, and art created by artists involved with both organizations.
Slam Dunk for Kids at Framingham, MA’s Hoops and Homework
Courtesy of DCU, Harlem Globetrotter La’Keisha “Swish” Sutton brought boundless energy and encouragement to the boys and girls of Hoops and Homework, an afterschool program that strives to provide a fun and safe learning environment in the lowest-income neighborhoods in the city of Framingham, MA. Not only did Swish teach basketball skills, but she also inspired the kids through her own story of persistence.
DCU Collects Shoes for Dress for Success Worcester
DCU partnered with Dress for Success Worcester, MA to host a Women’s Career Shoe Drive in recognition of Women’s Empowerment Month. Dress for Success Worcester helps support women in their pursuit of achieving economic independence through providing professional attire, and the necessary development tools to succeed in work and in life.
Sharing Love on Valentine’s Day
Sometimes the simple gesture of sending a greeting card can brighten someone’s day. Team members from across the credit union sent “love” to 1,233 seniors living in 22 assisted living facilities who received a colored and signed Valentine’s Day card. Branch managers and team members personally delivered these cards—some even brought some sweet treats along to share with residents and staff.
Supporting 7th Annual LUK, Inc. Gala
DCU was honored to sponsor LUK, Inc.’s 7th Annual Kids at Heart Gala and hosted local nonprofit directors and mentors at our Gala table as a thank you for their dedication to area youth. LUK raised over $60,000 for their mentoring program, which pairs Central Massachusetts youth ages 6 to 17 with a positive adult role model. Mentoring provides both immediate and long-term benefits, helping youth enhance their self-esteem both at home and at school.
DCU Treats Non-Profit Volunteers to PBR Event at DCU Center
In appreciation for their tireless efforts, 60 volunteers from 5 local nonprofit organizations were treated to a night of comradery at the Professional Bull Riders event held at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Volunteers from the Worcester Student Government Association, Living In Freedom Together (LIFT), RSVP Volunteers of Central Massachusetts, Heart of New England Council – BSA, Professional Women’s Association, and Elder Services of Worcester Area, enjoyed the event, courtesy of DCU.
Giving the Gift of Warmth
DCU team members collected new blankets in support of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Blanket Drive. In partnership with Massachusetts Credit Unions, these blankets were distributed through the “A Bed for Every Child” initiative.
Credit and Budgeting Seminars
Team members hosted several seminars throughout the City of Worcester, MA, including credit seminars at Worcester Technical High School, the Worcester Housing Authority, and a budgeting seminar for residents of Lincoln Village Apartments as part of the credit union’s commitment to serving the unbanked and underbanked communities.