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.
DCU Insurance Builds and Donates Bikes to Children in Need
Team members from DCU Insurance participated in a Build a Bike team building exercise. The initiative started as an opportunity for members of the DCU Insurance team to bond and at the same time build relationships with organizations, like DCU, that are making a difference in their community. This activity gave DCU Insurance team members the chance to leave a lasting impression on local children in need who might not otherwise experience the joy of owning and riding a bicycle. Each bike was equipped with a helmet, lock, bike safety tips and an inspirational note. As we look to expand our branch network – with the opening of our new Methuen Member Service Center in late fall, we sought to earmark an organization within that region who is contributing to and advancing educational opportunities for local youth both recreationally and in the classroom. After researching numerous organizations in the Merrimack Valley, we found several worthy recipients including, On the Move, whose mission closely align with DCU’s.
DCU Team Members Participate in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Corporate Cup
DCU sponsored and participated in the second-straight Boston Children’s Hospital’s Corporate Cup at Harvard University held on July 19th. Fifteen DCU team members from departments across the credit union participated in a series of competitive events promoting fun, fitness, and friendly competition among members of the Greater Boston business community. Individuals competed in events including distance rowing, football throws, an obstacle course and tug of war. Proceeds raised from the event help make an impact through the “Every Child Fund” at Boston Children’s Hospital – healing children, helping families, and fueling lifesaving research for children. To date through the help of sponsors, like DCU, the 2019 Corporate Cup has raised $625,725 towards their $750,000 fundraising goal.
DCU Sponsors American Young Voices Concert at DCU Center
On June 5th, DCU sponsored American Young Voices, a collaborative chorus of 2,000+ school-aged children who performed in front of a live audience at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. American Young Voices is an educational program that harnesses the power of music to foster skills, such as: communication, collaboration, creativity, mindfulness, and innovation. They also provide schools with music curriculum with extensive support, materials and resources for teachers and their elementary and middle school student from towns and cities throughout Massachusetts. Through DCU’s sponsorship, many local schools were able to attend who may not have otherwise been able to participate.
CU Kids @ Heart Runners Raise record $530,000 for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research at Boston Children’s Hospital
In April of 2019, 22 individuals, including three DCU runners, from the Credit Union Kids @ Heart Boston Marathon team completed the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon course. 2019 marked the 20th running of the Boston marathon for the CU Kids @ Heart Team who raised the largest single-year donation of $530,000 to fund research for the preventative treatment and/or a cure for pediatric brain tumors, pediatric epilepsy, Moyamoya disease Sturge-Weber Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. On June 20th, Credit Union Kids @ Heart Boston Marathon team members, along with EasCorp leadership, presented a fundraising check to Boston Children’s Hospital and had the chance to meet with doctors who’re making a profound difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families. Since its inception in 1996, the CU Kids @ Heart team, which consists of over 60 credit unions, has collectively donated nearly $7 million to directly benefit special research projects at Boston Children’s Hospital.
DCU and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Bring Joy to Veterans and their Children
On June 18th, DCU team members from various departments worked together at the credit union’s Marlborough, MA Operations Center to build and decorate two playhouses for children from two area veteran families as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Playhouse initiative. Members of DCU’s Facilities Team donated the paint and supplies needed to construct the playhouses. Board by board, DCU team members with the help of a Habitat for Humanity instructor brought the playhouses to life. Operation Playhouse is a meaningful opportunity for DCU team members to thank and give back to local veterans for their selfless service to our country.
DCU Team Members Pack 17,000 meals to Benefit Merrimack Valley Food Bank
Each morning, 616,000 Massachusetts residents wake up not knowing where their next meal will come from. Summer is a particularly challenging time of year for local food banks and pantries. Families with children who had been receiving free or reduced-cost breakfast and/or lunch at school need to find a way to replace those meals during summer break. On May 16th, 154 DCU team members from various departments assembled at our Marlborough Operations Center to package 17,000 meals in conjunction with End Hunger NE and The Outreach Program. DCU team members packaged meals consisting of macaroni and cheese, minestrone, beans and rice, and apple cinnamon oatmeal to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank of Lowell, MA. The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is the go-to resource for several emergency food providers and pantries servicing Middlesex County, which is the hungriest county in Massachusetts with 119,000 individuals facing food insecurity. With the help and generosity of DCU, End Hunger NE and The Outreach Program is one step closer to achieving its goal of feeding 1 million people this spring.
DCU Does its Part to Help End Child Poverty During Red Nose Day
Members who visited one of DCU’s branch locations across Massachusetts and New Hampshire on May 23rd were greeted by branch staff wearing red noses in support of Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is a campaign spearheaded by Comic Relief USA to help end child poverty through funding programs that help keep children safe, healthy and educated. Since its inception in 2015, Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million and have positively impacted 16 million children in the United States. DCU supported these efforts by providing a financial donation to Comic Relief USA on behalf of our members.
DCU Branches Support American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days
The daffodil represents hope and is the flower to bloom in the spring. In early April, all DCU branches purchased and offered fresh daffodils to members as part of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days campaign to benefit cancer research, education, advocacy and patient support programs. As a thank you to our members, each DCU branch made a collective monetary donation to the American Cancer Society on their behalf.
DCU and Stars on Ice Athletes Collaborate to Make Meaningful Experience for Boys & Girls Club Members
In late April, DCU teamed up with the United Way, Boys & Girls Club and the athletes of Stars on Ice to provide a memorable experience for youth who exhibit responsible, respectful and safe behavior during programs and activities at the club. Staff from the Boys & Girls Club chose children that repeatedly demonstrate model behavior and the willingness to be a leader. DCU sponsored Boys & Girls Club members and their families with tickets to Stars on Ice at the DCU Center on April 28th. Each of the “Star” members were granted access to the pre-skate warmups and the Icebreaker, which featured an up-close chance to hear from two world-class figure skaters performing in Stars on Ice.
DCU Sponsors Mobile Mini Golf at Leominster, MA Public Library
In late March, DCU gave Leominster youth the opportunity to experience Mobile Mini Golf at the library. Through DCU’s sponsorship, both children and their families were welcome to play in the common areas throughout the library with hills, jumps, bumps, twists and loops. The Mobile Mini Golf Course is part of DCU’s ongoing commitment to sponsor programs at the Leominster Public Library that enriches the lives of children and their families.
DCU Presents Harlem Globetrotters “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” at the DCU Center
On March 23rd, DCU sponsored the Harlem Globetrotters as they stopped at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA to square off with their arch-rival, The Generals. The Globetrotters are world-renowned as “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” for their support of “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention.” Throughout both the team’s games at the DCU Center, they incorporated this important message of bullying and violence prevention by inviting kids in the audience to come on the court and participate in the team’s signature ballhandling skills and humor. The Globetrotters’ ABCs of Bullying Prevention program works in conjunction with the National Campaign to Stop Violence by helping children ages 6-to-12 years old understand how using non-confrontational behavior can develop a culture where aggressive behavior is discouraged, and violence is reduced.
DCU Helps Empower Female Business Scholars at UMass Amherst
On February 23rd, DCU sponsored and participated in the Women of Issenberg Business School Conference held at UMass Amherst. The Women of Issenberg Conference is entirely run by students and sold out for a second-straight year with more than 400 attendees. The conference was open to all UMass students as a professional development opportunity. Throughout the day, attendees were given the opportunity to attend two of the ten panel discussions and one of five workshops offered. Jane Fontaine, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Training, was one of the speakers on the “Oh the Places You Will Go” panel, which covered a range of topics from post graduate experiences, various career paths, and how to handle unexpected opportunities. The panelists reassured attendees that graduating from college is not the end of something great, but the beginning of everything they will become.
DCU Encourages Members to Save During America Saves Week
America Saves Week, which runs from February 25th through March 2nd is a nationwide savings movement headed by America Saves, the American Savings Education Council, and the Consumer Federation of America, to motivate and support low-to-moderate income individuals and families in their continual effort to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. For the last 12 years, America Saves Week has utilized the principles of behavioral economics and social marketing to help alter the savings behavior of millions of Americans and encourage them to assess their savings status and learn proper savings habits. This has been accomplished by encouraging individuals to set savings goals, create a plan, and save automatically. For a second consecutive year, DCU joined more than 1,500 organizations that participated in the America Saves initiative with nearly 10,000 individuals taking part in the program. Frontline team members backed this initiative through sharing savings tips and educating members on the importance of creating a savings plan.
Worcester Crossing Branch Team Members Lead Credit Seminar at Worcester Housing Authority
During the month of January, team members from DCU’s Worcester Crossing branch visited the Worcester Housing Authority office to discuss credit-related topics. This is the fourth seminar DCU has conducted at the Worcester Housing Authority and attendees have commented about how these seminars have helped them develop a better understanding of how credit works. These seminars are part of DCU ‘s ongoing commitment to increase financial awareness for residents living in the underbanked and unbanked neighborhoods of Worcester.