Pewaukee, Wis. – Hundreds of personal hygiene kits will be assembled and non-perishable food items will be donated by credit union volunteers to help St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter/The Micah Center and Paul’s Pantry, respectively, in Green Bay.
Hunger and homelessness are a real concern for Green Bay area families, with 18.3% of residents living in poverty.
Thursday, May 10 (10:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.) and Friday, May 11 (10:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.).
KI Convention Center, 333 Main Street, Green Bay 54301
The event is being coordinated by The Wisconsin Credit Union League and the Brown County Chapter of Credit Unions. Capital Credit Union is also raising funds for the effort by offering convention-goers the chance to join them on its rooftop – with a spectacular view of Lambeau Field – as part of an executive overnighter that they host annually to help the homeless.
Volunteers preparing the hygiene kits include dozens of financial service professionals (tellers, lenders, directors, executives, etc.) who work for dozens of not-for-profit, consumer-owned credit unions statewide, as part of the annual Convention for the Wisconsin Credit Union League. Wisconsin credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives owned by their 3 million depositors. Because credit unions are beholden only to the account holders who own them – not some small, faraway group of investors – they can go where other financial institutions can’t (or won’t) to meet the needs of local people and communities. Read more about credit unions’ social responsibility in the Scorecard,
St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter helps those who don’t qualify to stay at other shelters. Its Micah Center offers programming and on-site service to guide individuals toward self-sufficiency.
Paul’s Pantry relies heavily on local contributions because it receives no federal, state or local tax revenue, nor does it receive funding from other key non-profit agencies. Families select their own food so nothing is wasted and their limited funds can be directed to other necessities.
Christine Henzig, Director of Communications