WCCU Branches Closed to “Lend A Hand” on Columbus Day

 All branches closed on Monday, October 9th, 2017.

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All WCCU Branch Locations will be closed on Monday, October 9th, 2017 on Columbus Day to provide our staff with opportunities to ‘Lend A Hand’ and volunteer within our communities. All offices will be open for normal business hours on Saturday, October 7th and will reopen on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

To access your account online while our offices are closed, use the Online Banking login box on our homepage.

Each year, we close our offices on Columbus Day. Since people expect us to be closed, we decided to use this day for staff education. As we bring our staff together from all nine locations, we have brought in industry experts, motivational speakers, and have done team building activities, including a poverty simulation program. Our Board of Directors are also invited. This year, our staff will have a unique opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our mission “To be actively involved in the communities in which we serve”.

Over the past eight months, we have been reaching out to homeless shelters, food pantries, schools, animal shelters, nursing homes, city officials and numerous other community service organizations to see how we could potentially serve them. Based on the feedback that we received, we analyzed the information to see how we could best utilize our staff time and financial resources to provide a valuable impact in our communities.

 

A snapshot of Education Day 2017:

Morning: Community Service

We will divide and conquer. Over 140 of our staff will be spread out into our communities. The morning will be spent rolling up our sleeves and volunteering at many non-profit organizations that are in need of assistance. This includes food pantries, nursing homes, parks, roadside cleanup, schools, libraries, shelters, and fairgrounds, as well as other various sites. Duties will vary from cleaning, landscaping, organizing, painting, building, reading, and leading activities. In some cases, we will be working hand in hand with these organizations. In other cases, we will carry the work load that needs to be done. These organizations are cornerstones in our communities, and we are proud to support them.

Afternoon: Donations and Delivery

The afternoon is about organizing our donations and distributing them back into our communities. In doing our research, we found a variety of needs that
we could help fulfill. Our staff will be making fleece tie blankets to be donated to local volunteer fire departments, EMS/first responders and shelters. We will be organizing and donating many different types of hygiene items to food pantries and shelters. Food donations will be provided to several schools to support their backpack programs. These programs aim to provide students with food to help them through the weekends. Other donations will include food and supplies to local animal shelters.

Recent tragedies in Texas and Florida have shown us the importance of helping others in need. We also recognize the importance of volunteerism and community service on a continuing basis. Education Day is not the beginning nor is it the end to our commitment to our local communities. It is a visible reminder of the ongoing need to help our friends and neighbors through our cooperative spirit. As we enter the season dedicated to Thanksgiving, I take this opportunity to thank you, our members, for supporting our mission.

Sincerely,
Kevin Hauser, President

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