When she was 10, Jordynn Hardman -- Montana's 2015 CMNH Champion -- was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a rare genetic condition that leads to non-cancerous growths on her organs. With treatment from Shodair, Jordynn has overcome many adverse effects including pain, frequent migraines, and mood alterations. Now 17, Jordynn refuses to let her illness affect her goals; she's active in speech and debate and set on finishing high school and going to college. Find out more about Jordynn -- read this article or watch this short (but moving) video.
Credit Unions for Kids
In 2013, Montana credit unions launched their first coordinated campaign to raise funds for Shodair Children's Hospital, and in less than two years, Montana’s credit unions successfully raised $46,000 providing furnishings for the Shodair Family House, a facility where families can stay for free and be engaged while their child receives treatment from Shodair Children’s Hospital. That’s a great accomplishment! It’s a continued effort that showcases our commitment to credit unions’ charity of choice nationally.
We hope to continue that momentum this year. To that end, MCUN and the Montana Credit Unions for Kids Committee are urging credit unions to get involved in four, easy-to-participate statewide events that promise to be a lot of fun.
2015 dates to remember
- June 29: Funky Flip-Flop Friday
- September 9: Miracle Jeans Day
- October 15: Shop for Miracles on International Credit Union Day
- December 4: Ugly Sweater Contest
Ideas for local fundraisers
Participation is voluntary, and individual credit unions can choose to hold their own activities instead of (or in addition to) these. In fact, credit unions came up with loads of great ideas in 2014 to raise money and awareness for Shodair in ways that fit their communities and members.
One of the most successful turned out to be icon sales -- particularly when it came to football rivalry. Some credit unions used Cat-Griz, some used their hometown high schools, and others focused on a holiday icons, using them to decorate their lobbies for Christmas. Trico Community FCU worked with CO-OP to create a CU4Kids debit card and donated 1¢ to Shodair every time their members swiped their cards to make a purchase. In January, Trico donated $12,360 to Shodair, and about $11,000 of it was raised through debit card use.