Hoosier Hills Credit Union is taking its community support for Ellettsville to a new level. The Credit Union is planning to donate $10,000 to three 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.
What’s unique about the Ellettsville Donation Drive is that the Credit Union is asking the community to go to its website at https://hoosierhills.com/ellettsville-donation-drive/ to donate to one or more of the chosen organizations. HHCU’s donation to each group will then be based proportionately on how much the community contributes to each entity through the giving site from August 16 through September 30.
For example, if an organization receives 50% of the community donations, HHCU will donate $5,000 of the $10,000 total to them, or if they receive 20% of the donations, HHCU will donate $2,000 to them and so on for each of the three organizations.
“We wanted to find a fun way to involve the greater Ellettsville community in this effort and make our contribution to the community grow,” said Russ Wilkie, Chief Member Experience Officer at Hoosier Hills. “This way, the more community members donate to their favorite charity, the more that organization will receive from Hoosier Hills Credit Union. It’s definitely a win-win for each of the charities! We’re asking everyone to tell their family and friends about it to increase the amount of community donations, and therefore provide more support to each of these very worthy causes.”
Donations may be made quickly and easily online through electronic account transfer or by debit card.
The Boys & Girls Club has been dedicated to serving youth in the community since 1956. They provide extensive camps and programs during after-school hours, holiday breaks and summer breaks. The three core areas in which all the Club’s program activities are formulated are: Healthy Lifestyles, Academic Success, and Good Character & Active Citizenship. More information on the Boys & Girls Club in Ellettsville is available at www.BGCBloomington.org.
Pantry 279 was created by 12 sixth through eighth graders from Girl Scout Troop 69-279. Since serving 25 people on opening day in November 2015, they have grown to serving 8,000 people per month from 30 counties. Those in need may come to Pantry 279 to get food stuffs, meat, produce, and bread once a week. They also have additional programs including seven community gardens, a summer supplemental food program for children while school is out, Thanksgiving Box program, and Elf Dispatch child gift giving program at Christmas. More information on Pantry 279 can be found at https://pantry279.org/.
The Villages of Indiana is among the state’s largest licensed and accredited family and child services non-profit agencies with more than 18 offices in Indiana, including one in Monroe County. Established in 1979, The Villages’ professional team provides foster care licensing and placement, adoption and post-adoption services, and wrap-around family support programs. In 2020, The Villages’ staff served more than 10,000 individuals in Indiana through 15 programs. More information on The Villages can be found at https://www.villageskids.org/.
In keeping with its philosophy to give back to the community, prior to opening its new Ellettsville location in June, HHCU surprised 25 randomly selected members of the Ellettsville community with $100 in cash to celebrate its opening week. The Credit Union has also given a scholarship to a graduating Edgewood High School senior, provided a grant to RBB Schools in support of the Ready Schools program to fund podcast equipment and a new student-run coffee shop, donated gift cards for local restaurants to new members, sponsored local athletics and been an active participant in the Greater Ellettsville Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about Hoosier Hills Credit Union and Ellettsville, visit Hoosierhills.com/Ellettsville/.
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