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WSFCU Gives Back
On February 27 WSMR Assistant Manager Marissa Bowse presented a check for $450 to Andrew Lucht of Army Community Services (ACS) to sponsor a shred truck for Military Saves Week.
The money was raised through the Do A good Deed Fund, an employee-run community donation program.
Child Crisis Center
The Child Crisis Center in El Paso was the beneficiary of 10 bags of clothing and 55 new toys. Credit union employees held a clothing drive and donated the cash themselves to purchase the toys. The center provides crisis shelter care to young children, newborn through 13 years, and continues to develop progressive and innovative approaches to working with families and children. Seen at left, credit union staff members Michelle Silva, Juan Martinez and Hilda Mauldin pose with Russell Booth of the Child Crisis Center with some of the toys they purchased.
Action Program for Animals
On November 29 employees from White Sands FCU presented a check for $1,000 to Action Program for Animals. APA is a progressive animal welfare organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for companion animals in Doña Ana County, and greatly reduce the number of unwanted animals impounded and euthanized at the municipal shelter. Since May 2012, they have rescued more than 2400 animals, the majority being dogs and cats/kittens pulled from the municipal shelter.
The money was raised through the Do A good Deed Fund, an employee run community donation program. At left, White Sands FCU employees Toni Kinstle and Phillip Fifield deliver the donation to APA volunteer Nora Insurriaga, and Lexi the Dog.
Thanksgiving Food Collections
All departments and branches in the credit union participated in food drives and collections to benefit the needy in our communities. The marketing, administrative and accounting departments held a food collection and donated non-perishable food to Casa de Peregrinos, La Casa and El Caldito Soup Kitchen. The collections, mortgage and human resources departments, as well as the N. Main, Lohman, WSMR and Truth or Consequences branches collected and donated the ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner to five families. The El Paso facilities also had a food drive and collected two shopping carts of food and three turkeys for the Open Gate Church Food Closet.
White Sands FCU was a $1,000 game sponsor at the 2016 Special Olympics Holiday Classic Games in Las Cruces. The event was held at NMSU and Ten Pin Alley. Sixteen credit union employees from all departments volunteered at the event on October 29, lending a hand with everything from serving lunch to keeping score at the games. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. At right, White Sands FCU employees (in grey shirts) Melanie Larson, James Weddington and Brandon Bornfield help Olympians register.
Coats for Kids
On October 20, a donation of $1,000 from the Do a Good Deed fund was made to Coats for Kids. The check was delivered to KC Counts, a disc jockey with 101 Gold, as they were raising funds for Coats for Kids from the Box that Rocks as it was parked on North Main near Blakes Lot-A-Burger. Over 38,000 coats have been given to needy children in Dona Ana County, since the program began in 1995. The donation will be used to purchase coats to supplement the used ones that are donated. At left, Sharon Sumner and Jose Rosales present KC Counts of 101 Gold radio with the check for Coats For Kids.
The Do A Good Deed Program is an employee-run community support group. Employees make donations to the Do a Good Deed program through payroll deduction, and an employee committee selects the quarterly recipients.
Child Crisis Center of El Paso
From the Do A good Deed fund, on October 25 employees from White Sands FCU presented a check to the board of directors of the Child Crisis Center of El Paso for $1,000. The Child Crisis Center of El Paso protects children from abuse and neglect by providing shelter, advocacy, and family support services. The donated funds will be used to offset expenses, as it costs $166 a day per child to provide shelter and services. Employees Andrew McLane, Juan Martinez, Phillip Fifield and Stephanie Martinez, along with members of the Crisis Center board. At fight are employees Andrew McLane, Juan Martinez, Phillip Fifield and Stephanie Martinez, along with members of the Crisis Center board.
La Casa Inc.
Another donation from the Do a Good Deed fund allowed White Sands FCU staff to donate $1,000 to La Casa Inc. La Casa, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) specializing in domestic violence emergency shelter relief and comprehensive services to help families living with violence. shown at left, White Sands FCU employees Nohemi Moran, Stephanie Martinez and Ashley Moziejko present Maria Lopez and Selena Bernal of La Casa with the donation.
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
On Saturday, September 17th, employees from White Sands Federal Credit Union lent a helping hand at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, located in El Paso, TX. Our employees volunteered for over two hours, packaging and sorting food for local families.
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank (EPFH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as a clearinghouse to solicit, inspect, repack and distribute surplus and donated food to a network of agency partners to address the high rates of hunger, poor nutrition, and related health problems of children and adults in El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties.
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