Minnesota credit unions joined forces to spread kindness in communities across the state on Monday, Oct. 8.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TopLine Federal Credit Union was one of the 49 credit unions and partners across the state of Minnesota who participated in an orchestrated day to spread kindness in communities and encourage others to do the same, last week on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8.

TopLine has been participating in this collaborative credit union event since 2016, referred to as CU Forward Day,” which is coordinated by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN), the state trade association for Minnesota’s credit unions. #cuforwardday

TopLine employees volunteered at local non-profit partners, Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP), Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest and Keystone Community Services.  Volunteers made a positive impact in the communities that TopLine serves by providing assistance in a food shelf, teaching youth financial literacy, cleaning the foodmobile – a mobile food shelf – and arranging youth books.

“We once again looked forward in taking part in this joint community give-back effort to inspire others to volunteer and give-back across our Minnesota communities,” says Tom Smith, TopLine President and CEO.  “This is an extension of what TopLine, and credit unions, do all year long, and showcases the true power of collectively working together to make a positive impact in our communities.”

Credit unions are committed to the foundational philosophy of “People Helping People,” which is demonstrated by their cooperative structures, support of financial education, and active engagement within their communities.  Around the state, 49 Minnesota credit unions and partners dedicated a total of 12,224 volunteer hours in 80 communities with an estimated impact on more than 334,830 people on CU Forward Day.

“The cooperative impact of credit unions is larger than each individual branch,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins.  “As not-for-profit financial institutions, credit unions work to improve the financial lives of individuals and communities.  CU Forward Day is an opportunity for credit union staff to show the ‘people helping people’ philosophy in action.”

CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Programs), serving Hennepin and Anoka Counties, is a community-based, non-profit agency that partners with other resources to assist people in need.  The mission of CEAP is to stabilize individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity.  Visit www.CEAP.com to learn more.

Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest offers financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship education to K-12 students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. Programs are taught in more than 700 schools throughout the upper Midwest by nearly 10,000 community volunteers, reaching over 160,000 students during the 2016-17 school year.  Visit www.jaum.org to learn more.

Keystone Community Services, named for the strong connecting stone at the center of an arch, is a community-based volunteer organization in St. Paul, Minnesota that helps thousands of low-income individuals and families in the East Metro Area.  The organization’s programs include food shelves, a support program for Hmong youth and their families, youth programs and a comprehensive program for seniors.  Keystone’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life.  Visit www.keystoneservices.org to learn more.  

TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota’s 13th largest, with assets of more than $450 million.  Established in 1935, the not-for-profit cooperative offers a complete line of financial services, as well as auto and home insurance, from its five branch locations — in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth and in St. Paul’s Como Park — as well as by phone, mobile app and online at www.TopLinecu.com.  Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington Counties and their immediate family members.  Visit us on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TopLineFederalCreditUnion. To learn more about the credit union’s foundation, visit https://www.toplinecu.com/foundation.  #cuforwardday

CONTACT:
Vicki Roscoe Erickson
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
TopLine Federal Credit Union
verickson@toplinecu.com 
763.391.0872

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