MONTPELIER, VT—VSECU, a credit union for all Vermonters, donated $23,000 to Vermont charities through the We Care 2 Program. More than 7,000 credit union members cast a vote to help direct this portion of VSECU’s charitable contributions.
This year’s We Care 2 Program received 49 applications from charities from across the state of Vermont for consideration. The five finalists selected by VSECU’s Community Contributions Committee were NCSS Youth in Transition, Rutland Community Cupboard, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Therapy Dogs of Vermont and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. The organizations were encouraged to rally support to earn VSECU membership votes through their social media and other communication channels.
“The engagement of credit union members in this year’s program was incredible and inspiring,” said Kate Paine, chair of the Contributions Committee at VSECU. “Although the committee vetted the five finalists, it was meaningful that our membership had the final vote. Our membership has always embraced the Vermont mentality of helping one another. This program is a great way for them to express that conviction.”
Representatives from the final five charities attended VSECU’s Annual Meeting on March 11, 2014 to mingle with members and answer questions about the valuable services they provide to Vermonters. A check for $10,000 was awarded to each of the two winners, NCSS Youth in Transition and Therapy Dogs of Vermont. NCSS Youth in Transition will use the funds for emergency care packages for homeless and at risk youth. The donation to Therapy Dogs will enable the organization to add two locations for training, testing and certification of qualified teams that offer comfort and enrich lives of Vermonters of all ages. The three runners-up were each presented with a $1,000 donation to recognize the benefit these organizations also have to Vermonters.
VSECU is a not for profit banking alternative for all Vermonters, which offers a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member owners. People eligible to join the credit union include everybody who lives or works in Vermont.