Monday was Columbus Day, a federal holiday when many financial institutions are closed. SMCU branches were also closed on Columbus Day, but SMCU employees were still hard at work demonstrating the seventh cooperative principle, giving back to the community.
Bright and early Monday morning, seven buses arrived to spirit the SMCU “Co-operators” to seven locations throughout Seattle to lend a hand to organizations that depend on volunteers to carry out their missions. Some Co-operators went to PAWS in Lynnwood to clear brush and overgrowth, so that the Wildlife Center could finish their new retaining fence. Others went to Mineral Springs Park in North Seattle to clean and re-mulch the park and disc golf course.
One group of Co-operators went to the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle to help with a deep-cleaning project. Another went to the Jubilee Women’s Center to prepare a meal to serve 35 people. The Food Bank at St. Mary’s used the SMCU Co-operators to sort useable food from food that had to be discarded. The Treehouse “Wearhouse” asked SMCU to assist them in organizing and sorting clothing to be displayed in their free store for foster kids. The seventh Co-operator platoon headed out to Washington CASH to create holiday cards for donors and volunteers.
SMCU employees were excited to have the opportunity to help these great organizations. Some had personal stakes in the causes they volunteered for. Others enjoyed an opportunity to spend time with coworkers while providing extra assistance to groups that needed it. All of the Co-operators were proud to have the chance to show SMCU’s commitment to making a difference, not just for credit union members, but for everyone who lives in the communities we serve.
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