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:
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, Second Edition
eCO Credit Union partners with CBS 42 to help three families find a place of financial peace.
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.
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