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Posted: October 31, 2021

KSCU employees put their money where their heart is

To celebrate International Credit Union Day last week, Kootenay Savings’ employees donated the proceeds from the credit union’s Care Wear program – $21,206 – to 25 different charities and non-profits.

Through the program, employees contribute $1 each week to dress casually on Fridays, which in turn is matched by the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation and donated to organizations chosen by the employees.

“Supporting local and giving back to our communities will always be a priority for KSCU,” shared Aron Burke, Community Liaison for Kootenay Savings.  “There are a lot of dedicated groups out there devoting a ton of time and energy into building the kind of communities people want to be part of, and we’re thrilled to be able to support them in their work.”

Since starting in 2004, the Care Wear program has contributed over $400,000 to help support a wide range of causes held near and dear to employees.

The diverse and very deserving recipients for this year include:

Career Development Services – Greater Trail Homeless Support;

Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank;

Castlegar & District Community Services – Way Out Shelter;

Castlegar Society for Search & Rescue;

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society;

Columbia Seniors Wellness Society;

East Kootenay Foundry;

Fruitvale Firefighter Society;

Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association Cinderella Fund;

H.E.A.R.T. Dog Rescue;

Invermere Family Dynamix Association;

Kaslo Baseball Association;

Kids Helping Kids School Meals Program;

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation;

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association;

Meant 2 B Loved Pet Rescue Society;

Nakusp & Area Climbing Society;

Salmo Community Food Bank;

Slocan Lake Early Learning Society;

Slocan Junction Church Food Bank;

South Columbia Search & Rescue;

Trail FAIR Society;

Trail Sanctuary Pre-Teen Centre;

Trail United Church;

West Kootenay-Boundary Caregiver Support Program.

Lead image: Invermere and Radium Branches (Alice Kazakoff) present to Family Dynamix Association (Pat Cope & Michael denOtter). Photos submitted by Kootenay Savings Credit Union


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