Montana Credit Unions for Kids
An essential part of the credit union philosophy is giving back to our community, including through charity. Montana’s Credit Union’s charities of choice are Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In Montana, any money we raise goes to support Shodair Children’s Hospital, which is our state’s sole CMN hospital. While Shodair is headquartered in Helena, it serves families from all over the state.
Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) is a collaborative program that involves participation from Montana credit unions.
Our Fundraising Commitment
In 2021, Montana’s Credit Unions committed to raising $50,000 over the next five years for Shodair’s Capital Campaign for their new hospital in Helena, Montana CU4Kids Committee members will be asking credit unions to get involved in a number of fun events to raise funds. Since then, Montana’s credit unions have raised $61,416!
We put the “Fun” in “Fundraising”
To add a little fun and coopetition, we’ve split up the state’s credit unions into five teams — one team for each of our five CU4Kids Committee members. (Check the fundraising team list to see what team your credit union is on and who your team leader is.) Each team will be encouraged to raise $2,000 a year through 2025. The CU4Kids Committee members will lead their credit union teams to meet (or exceed) this annual fundraising goal through a variety of fundraising events and opportunities throughout the year. Our next fundraising event is …
The Brawl of the Wild Cats/Griz Icon Fundraiser!
Each November (prior to the annual Cat/Griz football contest), credit unions across the state sell Cat and Griz football icons giving MSU and UM fans a chance to engage in a bit of friendly rivalry while donating to Shodair and supporting their team. We created social media graphics and several $25,000 – shattering expectations for the second year in a row. Who will win this year? It’s anyone’s game, and in the end, the patients at Shodair win!
Our CU4Kids Committee
The purpose of the CU4Kids Committee is to help support our local CMN hospital by encouraging other credit unions to join in the fundraising. Below are our current committee members and the teams they’re leading.
- AnnaMarie DeYoung, Sky FCU — Team HELP
- Darci Parsons, Ravalli County FCU — Team IMAGINE
- Tim Rask, Daniels-Sheridan FCU — Team HEAL
- Becky Timmons, Montana CU — Team INSPIRE
- Dennis Wizeman, MT Health FCU — Team HOPE
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