Hoosier Hills Credit Union has awarded $10,000 to three local charitable organizations in Ellettsville, home to HHCU’s newest Service Center location. Charities selected are the Boys & Girls Club of Ellettsville, Pantry 279, and The Villages of Indiana/Ellettsville.
In August, Hoosier Hills launched the Better for Our Communities Ellettsville Donation Drive and pledged to donate $10,000 to the three selected groups, with each organization’s amount to be based proportionately on how much the community contributed to each entity on the HHCU website during the donation period. With its donation, the Credit Union was able to more than triple the funds raised by each group’s constituents.
Total donation amounts per organization are:
“We are delighted to be an active member in the community and help with local needs that will provide an immediate impact,” said Travis Markley, HHCU President and CEO. “We appreciate our partnership with Pantry 279, the Boys & Girls Club, and The Villages to be able to raise funds for such great causes while also spreading awareness of the excellent work they do.”
“The donation that HHCU provided to Pantry 279 will fund half of the turkeys to be distributed in our Thanksgiving boxes for holiday meals for our families in need,” said Cindy Chavez, Director of Pantry 279. “There is no greater feeling than to know we will be able to provide individuals and families a warm, homemade Thanksgiving meal.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Ellettsville will be using their donation to make the club accessible to local youth. “The money received will allow families to access our "out-of-school" program for only $20 per year,” said Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. “Affordable, safe, and nurturing youth development and childcare opportunities can be cost prohibitive for most families. This generous gift from Hoosier Hills Credit Union will allow families in the Ellettsville area to have affordable access to our program offerings.”
Caleb Branam, Clinical Director for The Villages in Ellettsville, said their donation money will remain local even though the company is state-wide and will be used to help cover the costs of everything they do regarding foster placements and adoptions. “Every penny helps when it comes to being able to accomplish our mission,” Branam said. “Generous organizations like HHCU are the reason we’re able to do what we do for the children in this community.”
Pictured holding HHCU check, from left to right, are Boys & Girls Club children; Scott Mitchell, HHCU Vice President of Ellettsville Operations; Debbie Reynolds, HHCU Vice President Commercial Services; Russell Wilkie, HHCU Executive Vice President, Chief Experience Officer; Travis Markley, HHCU President and CEO; and Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club.
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