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!
2013 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 record number of scholarship applications during the 2013 application period, eCO Credit Union’s A.L. Bratcher Scholarship Committee selected Kristen Ashley and Patrick Snell as the 2013 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipients.
From serving as the Beta Club president to participating in many community events, Kristen Ashley of Hewitt-Trussville High School excels in extracurricular activities and leadership experience, all while maintaining an excellent GPA. She plans on attending Belmont University to pursue a career in Music Business and Entrepreneurship. Patrick Snell has an impressive 4.1 GPA along with a well-rounded Resume filled with extracurricular activities. He plans to attend Auburn University to pursue a degree in Engineering. Both recipients were honored at a luncheon at The Club on April 19th.
2013 Shamrocks Against Dystrophy
With your help, eCO raised $7,771.55 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through our annual Shamrocks against Dystrophy Campaign!