Credit Unions for Kids
|Landon Phillips is Montana's 2013 CMN Hospital's Champion Child. He, his Mom Megan Morale, and his brother joined us during MCUN's annual convention, which was held earlier this year in Great Falls.|
Credit unions across the Big Sky are busy raising funds to furnish the "Shodair Family House," where families will be able stay when children need treatment at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena. The house will also be used as a center to educate those families and the community about dealing with mental illness in children.
Fully furnishing this recently constructed house will cost $46,000. These efforts have qualified for a $10,000 Miracle Match grant from CO-OP Financial Services. To raise the remaining $36,000 (and meet CO-OP's Miracle Match), MCUN and its Credit Unions for Kids Committee coordinated three activities for the state's credit unions to participate in in 2013.
Those three activities were
- Miracle Jeans Day. Credit union employees from Miles City to Missoula sported jeans and raised over $5,000 on September 18. Get more specifics here.
- Skip-A-Payment to engage members
- Corporate donations on International Credit Union Day to engage management.
Participation is voluntary and individual credit unions can choose to hold their own activities instead of (or in addition to) these.
Supporting Shodair Family House
The first of its kind in the region, Shodair Family House offers low- to no-cost accommodations for families with a child at Shodair. Family engagement in care is critical, but staying in Helena during their treatment can be a hardship for many -- especially since 60% of the families Shodair serves are considered low-income. By making it easier for families to stay and be involved, Shodair Family House will result in more effective treatment, increased long-term success, and fewer hospitalizations and interventions.
This is Just the beginning
We're hoping to foster a culture of support in Montana for Credit Unions for Kids, which provides millions of dollars to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every year and is the charity of choice for the U.S. credit union system. Raising money for Shodair Children's Hospital is a wonderful opportunity to support a worthy statewide charity while raising public awareness of credit unions and showcasing our cooperative nature.
Tom Figarelle, the director of the Montana Children's Foundation, agrees.
“We are excited to work with Montana credit unions. Montanans from every corner of the state come to Shodair Children's Hospital and a number of them are credit union members,” said Figarelle “It’s great to have Montana credit unions as a partner to enhance what we do at Shodair Children’s Hospital.”