United Educational Credit Union Awarded Volunteer of the Year
United Educational CU is proud to announce they have recently received the Edgar Helms Volunteer of the Year Award. In consideration of the award, the Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland, Inc. cited the credit union’s strong support and participation with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program during 2014-2015.
VITA volunteers provide free income tax preparation assistance to low-income, elderly, disabled and limited English-speaking people. During the 2015 tax season, United Educational CU staff contributed more than 500 hours serving 498 individuals, completing 247 federal returns and 35 credit-only (property tax & home heating credits) returns. Their efforts returned nearly $500,000 in refunds and credits to the community. When these funds are returned to lower-income individuals within the community, they are quickly recycled into the local economy, providing a financial boost. Additionally, more than 50% of the returns processed by United Educational CU staff were for individuals with limited English-speaking skills. In addition to preparing tax returns at United Educational CU, staff volunteered at other tax sites within the community.
“Giving back to our communities is a natural extension of the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people,’” said Fran Godfrey, President & CEO. “Providing this service to those of modest means, as well as our limited-English population, supports and reflects the diverse community we serve.”
“The experience our staff gains while serving in this capacity provides valuable skills not only to them as individuals, but to us as their employer. The teamwork and camaraderie that develops among the staff is a very positive result of participation in this effort,” added United Educational CU Marketing Director and VITA site coordinator, Joan Miller.