October is National Co-op Month, and the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) held a “Community Connected” press event at Heartland Credit Union in Inver Grove Heights to recognize the impact cooperative organizations make in communities throughout Minnesota.
Speakers at the “Community Connected” event included:
- MnCUN President & CEO, Mark D. Cummins;
- Heartland Credit Union President/CEO Kathy Harrington;
- SPIRE Credit Union Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning Casey Carlson;
- Cooperative Network Minnesota Managing Director Matt Hughes; and
- President, CHS Foundation/Vice President, CHS Corporate Citizenship William Nelson.
The speakers highlighted the community-focused initiatives of cooperatives in Minnesota communities. Minnesota was one of the first states to enact a law authorizing cooperatives, and the state also has the highest number of cooperatives and cooperative memberships in the nation.
“The credit union mission goes beyond serving the financial needs of members,” said Cummins. “By providing thousands of volunteer hours and leading community initiatives, member-owned credit unions and cooperatives in Minnesota build better communities for all of us to live in.”
“Our members are our top priority,” said Harrington as she presented details on Heartland’s community involvement activities. “Heartland Credit Union is proud to commit time and money each year to programs that benefit our members and our communities.”
In conjunction with the press event, MnCUN also released a new infographic titled “Community Connected,” which illustrates the impact credit unions have in their communities. Much of the data included on the infographic was obtained from MnCUN’s “Credit Union Difference” survey conducted in July 2014.
- 29 credit unions reported donating nearly $300,000 to local charities, community projects or civic groups around the state in the first seven months of the year.
- 27 credit unions reported providing 9,500 volunteer hours of time and talent to community events and programs.
- Respondents supported more than 280 community organizations statewide.
“We were excited to host and participate in this event,” said Harrington. “It was a great opportunity to get the word out about all the great things credit unions and co-ops are doing to serve our communities.”
Watch the presentation here.
Picture: Left to right: William Nelson, Casey Carlson, Kathy Harrington, Mark D. Cummins and Matt Hughes.