2014-2015 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship
Each year, eCO Credit Union offers the A.L. Bratcher Scholarship in honor of the late Reverend A.L. Bratcher. Reverend A.L. Bratcher played an instrumental role in the credit union movement, founding Canaan Baptist Church Federal Credit Union. To continue recognizing the work and dedication of safe, sound, member-first financial institutions by Reverend Bratcher, eCO awards two $1,000 scholarships.
The scholarship is open to local seniors who plan on enrolling in 2 or 4-year schools for the upcoming academic school year. After receiving a large number of scholarship applications during the 2014 application period, eCO Credit Union’s A.L. Bratcher Scholarship Committee selected Lita Waggoner and Eric Kim as the 2014-2015 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipients.
Lita Waggoner is a senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. From serving as the Senior Class president to actively participating in Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Lita excels in extracurricular activities. While balancing extracurricular activities and community involvement, Lita also maintains an excellent 4.35 GPA. Lita plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall. Eric Kim will be graduating from Hoover High School in May. Currently, he has an impressive 4.6 GPA. Eric also has a very well-rounded Resume filled with extracurricular activities. Some of the activities include: President of the Spanish Club, Captain of the Lincoln Douglas Debate Team, and a Member of the Hoover High Math Team. Eric plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Both recipients were honored at a luncheon at The Club on April 16th.
Shamrocks Against Dystrophy
eCO Credit Union hosts a successful Shamrocks against Dystrophy Campaign.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the largest nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the causes and effective treatment for neuromuscular diseases. eCO Credit Union is proud to support this outstanding organization for the eighth year in a row. Through shamrock sales, branch contests, and employee contributions, eCO Credit Union raised $8,882.43 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Funds raised through the Shamrocks against Dystrophy campaign directly benefit children living with muscular diseases. Each eCO branch sponsors local children to send to camp, providing a true motivation to work hard throughout the fundraiser.
“eCO Credit Union members and employees went above and beyond in fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association,” said Melissa Reeves, eCO Marketing Manager. “Through their efforts, we were able to join together to send eleven local kids to MDA Summer Camp.”
Pencils for Jefferson County
eCO Credit Union delivers almost 60,000 pencils to local schools
Founded as a teacher’s credit union, eCO Credit Union still places a major emphasis on giving back to schools and teachers. One way eCO serves schools each year is through delivering #2 pencils for testing. During the month of February, a box of 1,000 pencils was delivered to each Jefferson County School.
Katie Coleman, third grade teacher at Adamsville Elementary School said, “Teachers at Adamsville greatly appreciate pencils donated by eCO Credit Union. With so much on our mind during testing, it is great to know we don’t have to scramble to find good pencils for our students to use. My kids love using the fun colored pencils.”
eCO Credit Union also provides report card covers, academic calendars, and financial education materials to local schools.
eCO Credit Union celebrates its 75th Anniversary
Change for Children's
Special thanks to Bessemer Academy, Bottenfield Middle School, Centerpoint High School, Clay Elementary School, Fultondale High School, Hueytown Elementary School, and McAdory Elementary School for partnering with eCO and collecting spare change for the Change for Children's campaign. When combined, partnering schools raised more than $2,500!
FORWARD>>> Referral Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the FORWARD Referral Promotion, Notheria and Takia Woods! Notheria referred Takia to eCO's FORWARD Checking, and both won iPad Minis!
eCO Savings Race Winner
Since September, eCO has worked with four individuals—Brenda Rogers, Cassandra James, Kristy Roy, and Mike Stonewall—to improve their financial pictures through the eCO Savings Race. During the eCO Savings Race, participants met with eCO Coaches, completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, attended eCO Savings Race University courses, and documented their progress with blog posts. CBS 42 also followed the progress of the teams, allowing the community to participate and learn practical ways to improve their finances too.
The participants worked very hard to set and meet goals throughout the Race. From packing lunches to working side jobs, participants learned small changes can lead to big gains. On May 1st, the First Edition of the eCO Savings Race came to a close when the winner was announced live on CBS 42. After a close race, Kristy Roy was selected as the winner of the eCO Savings Race and recipient of $10,000! The other participants didn’t walk away empty handed. Along with an improved financial picture, each participant also received $2,000 to honor their efforts throughout the eCO Savings Race. In total, Savings Race participants improved their financial pictures by more than $44,000!
“The Savings Race has been my saving grace. I went from a desperate situation to a place I never thought I would be,” say Kristy Roy. “I never thought I could do the things I have accomplished in these nine months. I have completely changed my financial status and my stress level.”
eCO Members and the community were also invited to participate in eCO Savings Race Mini-Races. The Mini-Races were practical ways for the public to follow the eCO Savings Race and work towards improving their financial pictures. Lynette Cotton was the winner of the eCO Mini-Race drawing. She received $1,000!