Blue River Community Foundation received a $2,500 grant from Centra Credit Union to further its mission.
This organization was nominated by Centra Team Members who feel passionate about the work they do in the community.
“Centra Team Members are really involved in our Communities, and they love being able to support the causes they care about each year. Non-profit organizations are all about ‘People Helping People,’ and we love helping them achieve their missions,” said Centra Director of Community Involvement Jenni Carr.
A total of 43 organizations have been awarded grants through nominations by Centra Team Members. A complete list of organizations receiving grants can be found at Centra.org.
These Team Member nominated donations are one of many programs the Centra
Foundation and Centra Credit Union have to give back to their Members and the
Communities they serve. In 2023, Centra and the Centra Foundation have given back more than $300,000 to their communities and Members.
“Centra’s vision is creating value for our Members, Team Members, and the Communities we serve,” Centra President and CEO Rick Silvers said. “These programs directly support our Communities and our Members. I feel honored seeing how each dollar we invest into our Communities serves the credit union philosophy of People Helping People.”
More than 25 students in the Communities Centra serves were awarded scholarships in April 2023 to support their education. Similarly, local teachers received support from the Centra Foundation through Teaming Up with Teachers, a social media contest where four participating educators each win a $500 gift card for their classrooms.
Centra also gives back directly to its Members through their Member Loyalty Rewards program. More than 75,000 Members participate in the program, and collectively, they’ve earned and saved more than $4 million in 2023. These cash rewards are deposited into a special high interest savings account to further reward Centra’s Members.
Financial support for the Communities Centra serves will continue throughout the remainder of the year with Centra’s United Way Workplace Campaign and the Centra Foundation’s Holiday Giving Program. Centra Team Members and Members donate to these programs to help support non-profits in the local communities. In 2022, more than 280 Team Members pledged a total of $103,350 to United Way agencies throughout the Communities Centra serves while the 2022 Holiday Giving Program raised more than $50,000.
In addition to financial support, Centra and its Team Members also give back to the communities they serve through volunteerism. Centra provides family and community time to all Team Members in the form of three paid days off per year. These days can be used to volunteer, and Centra Team Members provided more than 300 service hours to United Way partners in 2023.
Centra and its Team Members also support local organizations through sponsorships, many of which involve Centra Team Members volunteering their time to attend the event and host activities or giveaway prizes to attendees. Some of these events included Columbus Pride, Juneteenth and Su Casa’s Fiesta Latina.
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