Credit Unions Come Together to Help Indianapolis Children
Financial Center staff worked alongside representatives from several other Indiana credit unions with Samaritan’s Feet to provide shoes to children at the Holy Cross Central School in downtown Indianapolis on January 23rd. Volunteers helped students find the right shoe size and outfitted them with new socks and shoes. The event was organized by the Indiana Credit Union League (ICUL), who has partnered with Samaritan’s Feet over the last several years to collect shoes at the annual League convention as well as to take part in a charity walk in Indianapolis the past two years to raise money for the organization.
Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit, humanitarian aid organization which provides shoes to men, women, and children across the United States and the world. Samaritan’s Feet seeks to give shoes to the nearly 300 million people around the world who go without shoes each day. The organization believes that providing shoes is “a first-person opportunity to change a life”.
Financial Center believes that in improving one person’s life the impact will have an effect on that person’s family, the community, and the world. This philosophy drives the Indianapolis credit union’s daily business and it also shapes its community outreach and volunteerism efforts.
Jomar Banks is part of the Member Experience Team at Financial Center. “I have never participated in anything like Samaritan’s Feet and was not sure what to expect. Helping people is always great, but to see the smiles on some of the kids’ faces was priceless.”
Susan Abbett works in the Member Solutions area. “There is nothing more rewarding than knowing I got to make a child smile that day. I may never know who walked away with a bigger smile that day, me or them.”
“I was very blessed to be able to be part of those memories for these children,” said Fawn Hardesty, a Personal Service Representative at Financial Center. “The excitement and gratitude they showed was heartwarming.”