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United Federal Credit Union Staff ‘Pay It Forward’ to Help Local Charities and Families

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January 06, 2020
United Federal Credit Union (United) was pleased to donate more than $12,000 to a variety of charitable organizations in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio during the 2019 Pay It Forward initiative.
In 2019 through the Pay It Forward program, United collectively donated more than $16,400 to 56 different families, individuals, and community organizations across the six states where branches are located.
As part of Pay It Forward, United provides $15 to every employee to give to a needy individual, family, or organization of their choice. Many times, departments and branches combine funds to create a more substantial donation.
Employees in southwest Michigan, Marion, Ohio, and northern Indiana raised money to benefit local families and non-profit organizations. Among the organizations supported in 2019 are Christmas Care in Berrien Springs, Reining Cats and Dogs pet rescue, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan, Fresh Food Initiative, Support the Troops, Humane Society of Southwest Michigan, Emergency Shelter Services in Benton Harbor, Nestlings Diaper Bank in Ottawa County, Niles Food Pantry, Santa for Seniors, Paws & Stripes, Blue Star Mothers, Protected Paws Project, Hand 2 Hand, Cora Lamping Center, Hannah’s House, Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House of Michiana, South Bend Police Department, Turning Point in Marion, as well as 21 families struggling with medical bills, loss from a house fire, and other life-changing situations.
Market Vice President Alysa Snell says, “Team United always rises to the challenge when it comes to helping a friend, neighbor, or Member in need. Our employees’ passion and dedication to service to others is truly inspiring.”
The program began in 2008 with a request from employees that they use the money otherwise spent on internal holiday celebrations to help people in the community. 
United President/CEO Terry O’Rourke explains that the Pay It Forward program is highly anticipated and regarded by employees and the Members they serve.
“What really makes our Pay It Forward program special is that our employees step up every year and go above and beyond,” said President/CEO Terry O’Rourke. “The team at United is always looking for ways to make someone’s day a little brighter, and while Pay It Forward takes place during the holiday season, United employees give back and volunteer year-round. We believe that even small acts of kindness can lead to a big impact for individuals and our communities.”
At every conclusion of Pay It Forward, United gathers its entire staff to hear more about how each department utilized the charitable funds. In 2019, that meeting occurred on December 18.