Community News

The eCO Credit Union Foundation is a 501 (3)(c). The foundation was formed in 2015 to promote financial literacy in the schools and communities served by eCO Credit Union. The goal of the foundation is to prepare people of all ages to make well-informed financial decisions to prepare themselves for a successful future.

The eCO Credit Union Foundation is sponsoring upcoming financial education seminars. With topics ranging from couponing to auto buying, the seminars are designed to provide practical financial solutions. More seminar information can be found at www.ecosavingsrace.org

The eCO Credit Union Foundation is also offering a grant program to provide financial literacy materials in schools and classrooms. Click here to download the eCO Credit Union Foundation Grant Application.

 

 

A.L. Bratcher Scholarship Application

The A.L. Bratcher Scholarship is for high school seniors who will be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an undergraduate course of study during the 2015-2016 Academic school year at an accredited 2- or 4- year college, university, or vocation-technical college in the United States. As the cost of tuition continues to rise, we have increased our scholarship amount from $1,000 to $2,000. 

Scholarship Applications must be submitted by March 16 to be eligible for consideration.

 


 

 


 Change for Children's 2014

 

Change for Children’s fundraisers gathered at Taziki’s to celebrate a successful campaign.

 
eCO Credit Union Helps Make Miracles for Children across Alabama
With the help of members, schools, and sponsors, eCO Credit Union raised more than $32,000 for Children’s of Alabama.

  eCO Credit Union is founded on the principle of giving back to educators and the community. Over the last five years, eCO has continued to see its annual fall fundraiser for Children’s of Alabama grow. During the 2014 Change for Children’s fundraiser, eCO employees, members, and the community joined together to raise more than $32,000 for Children’s of Alabama. This brings the total contributions to Children’s of Alabama, through eCO fundraisers, to more than $146,000!

 Schools and local businesses displayed Change for Children’s cans to collect spare change. Bottenfield Middle School, Centerpoint High School, Clay Elementary School, Fultondale High School, Gardendale High School, Greenwood Elementary School, Pleasant Grove Middle School, and Rudd Middle School actively participated in the 2014 fundraiser. 

 “It is exciting to see schools, teachers, and especially, students get excited about supporting such a great cause,” said Melissa Reeves, eCO Marketing Manager. “The students really connect with the idea of raising money for their peers and find creative ways to give back.”

 eCO employees fundraised in branches with Change for Children’s t-shirts and traditional Children’s Miracle Network balloon sales. The employees’ excitement about raising money to support Children’s of Alabama helps drive fundraising efforts, and eCO members have continually proved their generosity and willingness to give back to the community. Vendors, friends, and family were also invited to donate through a donor drive website. 

 “The continual growth of eCO’s Change for Children’s fundraiser displays our deep commitment to improving the community we serve,” said eCO CEO, Joey Hand. “Children’s of Alabama is a vital part of our city and state, and we are proud to support them.” 

 On October 20, Taziki’s hosted a celebration for fundraisers. The top fundraisers and teams were honored, and the funds raised were presented to Children’s of Alabama.

eCO is thankful for the support of the following business during the 2014 Change for Children's Fundraiser:

 

Alabama Law Enforcement CU
Alabama Lock & Key
Alabaster Pediatric
Angel & Lee Inc.
Anthony Underwood Automotive
Banzai
Birmingham Beverage
Chubbs Grub Station
Corporate America CU
CU Marketing Inc.

Fireman's CU
FOX6
General Employee's CU
Grimmer Realty
HHI, LLC
The Key Law Firm
Newk's Eatery
Overtime Bar
Print Resources
Realsource LLC

Reno Refractories
Southeast Auction Company
Southern Copper and Supply
Southgroup
State National Insurance
Vining Sparks
Wilson Machine and Welding

 

FORWARD Promotion

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 FORWARD Promotion, Carrie and Gabrielle Sigers. Carrie referred her granddaughter, Gabrielle to open up an account at eCO, and they were randomly selected in the promotional drawing. They each received $250!

Spring Mortgage Promotion

Congratulations to Jeffrey Vick. Jeffrey was the winner of eCO's Spring Mortgage Promotion. He refinanced his mortgage to a low-rate eCO Mortgage and was randomly selected to receive a $250 gift card.

eCO Savings Race, Third Edition

 


The Deals display their $10,000 grand prize alongside their eCO Savings Race coaches.

eCO Credit Union partners with WIAT 42 to help four teams find a place of financial peace.
Through the Third Edition of the eCO Savings Race, participants improved their financial pictures by more than $106,000.

2015-2016 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship



eCO Credit Union awards two local students with the 5th Annual eCO A.L. Bratcher Scholarship.
Alyssa Hope of Oak Grove High School and Tyler Green of Gardendale High School each received $2,000 scholarships.

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 $2,000 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 2015 application period, eCO Credit Union’s A.L. Bratcher Scholarship Committee selected Alyssa Hope and Tyler Green as the 2015-2016 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipients. 
 

Alyssa Hope is a senior at Oak Grove High School. From serving as the Chairperson of Special Needs Committee in the school’s Student Government to actively participating in the Oak Grove Community Clean Up, Alyssa excels in extracurricular activities. While balancing extracurricular activities and community involvement, Alyssa also maintains an excellent 4.08 GPA. Alyssa plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall and plans to study Early Childhood Special Education.

Tyler Green will be graduating from Gardendale High School in May. Currently, he has an impressive 4.23 GPA. Tyler also has a very well-rounded Resume filled with extracurricular activities. From serving as treasurer and chaplain of the Gardendale Rocket Fishing Team to raising money for Christmas Visions, Tyler is very involved in the community. Tyler also plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall and plans to study Pre-Pharmacy.

Both recipients were honored at a luncheon at The Club on May 1st.

 


 

Access eCO's 2014 Annual Report