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Credit Union Shines Spotlight on Charities


Credit Union West employees embrace a culture of giving through their Jeans Day Fund. The program gives the staff the option to donate each pay period to the fund and, in turn, they wear jeans on Fridays. Each year, the employees nominate charities and then vote for four non-profits to receive the collected quarterly donations. In addition to the regular monetary donation, additional efforts are held at each branch location to help fulfill a need for each charity. In 2015, over $23,000 was donated. Here is a round-up of the credit union's upcoming 2016 Jeans Day Fund recipients.

The Anthony Holly Foundation (AHF) is a local charity created in memory of Glendale Police Officer Anthony Holly. Holly spent his life in service to others, first in the Air Force, then as a police officer. He was dedicated to improving the lives of children and empowering them to improve their families, communities and futures. AHF continues Holly's legacy of love and service by raising funds to support activities, organizations and facilities that encourage young people to live joyous and meaningful lives. Learn more about the Anthony Holly Foundation by visiting www.anthonyhollyfoundation.org.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. AAWL rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes more than 5,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. AAWL does this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Maricopa County where they are likely to be euthanized. AAWL also has a foster parent network that provides in-home care and shelter for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, as well as animals that are recovering from medical procedures or that need socialization before adoption. If you would like to learn more, please visit www.aawl.org.

Helping Hands for Freedom has a primary mission of supporting military children and families facing injury, loss and deployment. They aim to improve children's lives through compassion, honor, mentorship and leadership programs. It can take months for a family to receive death benefits and often results in relocation from base housing. Helping Hands for Freedom steps in to help with basic expenses during this time of transition. In addition, they assist those severely wounded who need equipment or housing modifications as they adjust to new life circumstances. They also help the children with life enrichment programs, mentorship and counseling. Learn more about this organization by visiting www.helpinghandsforfreedom.org.

For over 10 years, Eve's Place has provided innovative and empowerment based programs to victims of domestic abuse. Currently, Eve's Place provides transitional housing to victims who are ready for their own residence and has introduced the concept of a Mobile Advocacy Program for victims in 10 separate communities in the West Valley. This new program brings services to victims in their own community regardless of their place in the healing process. It is their goal to reach the 75% of domestic abuse victims who will never go or call a shelter program for assistance. Visit www.evesplace.org for more information about their efforts and how you can get involved.

"We are very proud of our staff's charitable giving," said Bob MacGregor, President/CEO of Credit Union West. "We are always looking for ways to give back to those who need it most." MacGregor said the credit union looks forward to another year of making a difference in the communities they serve. "The credit union philosophy is people helping people; giving back is in our DNA." If you would like to learn how the credit union can support your organization's efforts, visit www.cuwest.org/InTheCommunity.