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Change for Children's 2022


Through Credit Unions for Kids, many credit unions commit to partnering with their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. 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 2022 Change for Children’s fundraiser, to support Children’s of Alabama, took place from September 6 through October 19. 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 $50,000 to Children’s of Alabama.

ēCO employees are passionate about Children's of Alabama and the difference the hospital makes in the lives of Children and families across Alabama. Their passion transfers to the members, and everyone gets excited about raising money. ēCO’s members are very quick to support Children's Hospital and always go above and beyond with donations.

“We are fortunate to have Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham,” said ēCO CEO, Joey Hand. “For over ten years ēCO has been committed to raising funds that directly support the patients and families at Children’s of Alabama. The Change for Children’s fundraiser is one way we support an organization that is making a huge difference throughout the state of Alabama. The success of the fundraiser each year shows that our employees and members truly believe in the cause and how excited they are about serving the community. 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 appreciate our members, families, and vendors joining in on our fundraising efforts. ēCO Credit Union is glad to be able to support this cause once again, and we are already looking forward to next year!”

ēCO Credit Union has raised more than $516,000 to support Children’s of Alabama in 13 years of fundraising.

“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 Charlie Ann Shepard, 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 all of us here at Children’s and helps provide brighter futures for children from all across Alabama. 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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