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Capital Area United Way and Astera Credit Union Partner for Volunteer Service on Presidents Day

presOn Presidents Day, the 66 employees from Astera Credit Union volunteered with Capital Area United Way to prepare financial literacy and budget kits for children and adults, interview kits, personal hygiene kits and even encouragement cards for Lansing Promise graduates.


Astera employees used this day to volunteer in honor of former presidents and to assist thousands of neighbors in need, some of whom might be their own members.


“We are fortunate to have good jobs, warm shelter and even an education,” said Chris Tyler, senior vice president of operations at Astera. “Not everyone in our community has those advantages, so Astera believes it’s an important part of our culture to help others through service opportunities like this for employees. We make it easy for employees to volunteer, which mobilizes hundreds of hours of volunteerism for the community.”


Partnerships between Capital Area United Way and local companies, like Astera, are becoming very popular. United Way can organize a variety of volunteer activities based on the company’s interests and can also align charitable giving and measure outcomes of those investments towards the businesses’ goals.


Capital Area United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.


“Many businesses want to engage their employees in the community but don’t know how to get started or don’t have an extra staff member to organize it,” said Joni Risner, vice president of community outreach and engagement. “That’s one of the values of United Way as you philanthropic partner. We can work with businesses to fulfill their corporate social responsibility goals.”

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2019-02-27 00:00:00