One of the most notable ways credit unions give back is through their alliance with Credit Unions 4 Kids and Children’s Miracle Network.
62 children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.
Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as our movement’s charity of choice, credit unions are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. Since 2006, CU4Kids has raised $150 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
One hundred percent of every dollar donated by members of the credit union movement goes back to the CMN Hospital which serves the credit unions’ local community and their members.
CMN Hospitals treat millions of children every year; in fact, it is the world’s largest children’s charity. Each year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide $3.4 billion in charity care supporting cutting edge, life-saving research, and develop new, innovative technology which eases pain and lengthens lives.
Looking at the Numbers, below is the impact of a dollar at a local CMN Hospital
- $10,000 – Critical Care Crib
- $8,500 – Two Ventilators
- $5,000 – Three Pediatric Wheelchairs
- $3,500 – Five Nerve Stimulators
- $1,000 – One Pulsoximeter
- $500 – One Fetal Heart Monitor
- $100 – One Guitar or Keyboard
* Entire Network
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon
Throughout the Cornerstone region in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas the goal is to raise $1.3 million in 2017. Credit unions are being encouraged to wear their red Credit Unions Care shirts, collect donations, hold fund raising events and golf tournaments so collectively we can reach this goal. Credit Unions share their success by hanging the paper donation dogs in their lobbies and post pictures at #cus_care.
Come back often and check on our progress.
How many of us have a ridiculous amount of shoes we never wear?
How many of us wish we had more closet space?
Luckily, we have a solution!
In a combined effort the Cornerstone Credit Union League and Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation will be collecting new and gently used shoes throughout 2017. All shoes collected will go to developing nations around the world.
Families in developing countries who receive these shoes are those who have little to no income or livelihood. The ability of donated shoes to be repurposed and sold, represents an opportunity for individual families and their communities to develop micro-businesses within their areas. It is the only possibility for true self-sustainability.
In a nutshell, it works like this:
- Organizations and nonprofits collect shoes and work through hub operators to have the shoes delivered in developing nations to micro-entrepreneurs.
- Micro-entrepreneurs clean and repair the shoes and re-sell them for a profit.
This micro-enterprise industry represents one of the most effective ways to lift many families out of the extreme poverty in devastated economies. These micro-entrepreneurs are seeking a hand-up, not a hand-out from poverty.
Together the League, Foundation and Cornerstone Credit Unions are dedicated to helping these micro-entrepreneurs live a better life, while we are helping make a difference in our communities.
Each pair of donated shoes are banded together and placed in a large plastic bag, 25 pair to a bag. The bags of shoes are then delivered to our Funds2orgs.com representative. For every 100 bags of shoes we donate the Foundation receives $1000.
If you are interested in participating and collecting shoes at your credit union, please contact Staci Zale or Tamra Gaines for more information.