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Credit Union Employees “Takeover” and Distribute $24,000 in Community Giving Campaign

O’Fallon, Mo West Community Credit Union employees awarded $24,000 to 24 local charities during our 2022 “Great Employee Philanthropy Takeover” campaign.

The Build Up

Each year, West Community donates hundreds of employee hours and thousands of dollars to charities in the communities we serve. The efforts to expand and engage employees in 2022 was tremendously successful. All employees were invited to nominate their favorite local charity to receive a $1,000 donation. The nominations poured in and the donations flowed out.

Videos were made of the staff presenting donation checks and explaining why the charity they chose was important to them:

Awarded Partners: Youth in Need, Ronald McDonald House, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Central Missouri Humane Society, City of Refuge, Hope Food Pantry, Clowder House Foundation, Missouri K9 Friends, PFLAG of STL, Friends of the Pet Adoption Center, Urban League of STL, Forest ReLeaf of MO, Achievements Unlimited, Primrose Hill Columbia, Day Dreams Foundation, True North of Columbia, The Women’s Safe House, STL Men’s Group Against Cancer, STL Area Food Bank, Coyote Hill, Children’s Miracle Network, Camp Hickory, The Little Bit Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Because we did a complete system upgrade and core conversion last year, we knew internal resources would already be stretched making it nearly impossible to support the communities with our usual volunteer efforts. The system upgrades meant all hands-on deck. We barely had time for our normal workload, much less volunteering,” said Lori Hudson, Community Engagement Manager.

“This inspired us to develop ‘The Takeover’ where all employees and the credit union continued to make a difference with financial contributions to local non-profit organizations.”

@westcommunitycu Takeover Recap! Our staff chose some awesome local organizations to donate to in 2022, totaling $24,000! #creditunion #philanthropy #donation #giantcheck #localnonprofit #community #committedtothecommunity #corporateculture #fyp ♬ Come Check This – FETISH

How it was received

The “Takeover” generated 24 check presentations and the engagement and support of over 2,450 members and community partners.

“We have a strong commitment to helping our communities thrive to be a better place to live, work, play and bank,” said Jason Peach, CEO (of “that’s not the real check” fame). “I couldn’t be prouder of our employees and the difference we make in the communities we serve.”

You can follow the credit union’s donation and community efforts on social media @westcommunitycu including Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok.