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Change for Children's 2021


Through Credit Unions for Kids, many credit unions commit to partnering with local Children’s Hospitals. ēCO Credit Union has supported Children’s of Alabama since 2009 and is historically the top fundraising credit union in the state of Alabama.

ēCO Credit Union’s 2021 Change for Children’s fundraiser, to support Children’s of Alabama, took place from September 7 through October 20. Members and the community were able to donate in all ēCO Credit Union branches and through an online fundraising platform. ēCO also received a $10,000 Miracle Match from Co-Op. After the fundraiser, ēCO donated more than $47,000 to Children’s of Alabama.

“For over ten years ēCO has been committed to raising funds that directly support the patients and families at Children’s of Alabama,” said ēCO CEO, Joey Hand. “Our employees and members truly believe in the cause, and it shows through the fundraising efforts each year. I’m proud to see the commitment continue and grow, as we support the hospital that means so much to families throughout Birmingham and Alabama. We are already looking forward to next year’s campaign!”ēCO Credit Union has raised more than $465,000 to support Children’s of Alabama.

“We are grateful to ēCO Credit Union’s employees and members who have contributed to Children’s of Alabama through this year’s campaign,” said Emily Bridges, Community Development Coordinator at Children’s of Alabama. “Funds from ēCO help Children’s provide transformational care and services that treat the whole child, both physically and emotionally. The support of ēCO continues to be an encouragement to our frontline workers and helps provide brighter futures for all Alabama’s kids. We know community is at the center of ēCO’s mission, and we are proud to be the beneficiary of their efforts to better healthcare for children in their local communities.”

About ēCO Credit Union
ēCO Credit Union is a not-for-profit, democratically controlled financial cooperative, which exists solely to provide safe, cost-efficient and personal financial services to its members. ēCO Credit Union was founded in 1939, and today has more than 16,000 members and over $189 million in assets.  ēCO is open to the community and proudly serves members in Jefferson, Shelby, Cullman, Walker and Blount counties.  Additional information about ēCO and its line of products and services can be found at

About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians. More information is available at

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