By Tim Draper, VP, Marketing
At Navigant Credit Union, we are not shy about the pride we take in our organization-wide commitment to giving back to the communities we serve. Philanthropy and volunteerism have been a core part of our mission ever since we were founded 104 years ago.
It’s a mission all of us could not be more proud to strive toward each and every day.
In 2018, we are proud to share that Navigant Credit Union donated more than $700,000. As you can imagine, assisting every organization that requests funding is not easy however, I am happy to report that those donations we made went to hundreds of great causes and organizations in 2018. We’re perhaps even more proud to share that our community efforts went far beyond monetary donations. Through a combination of employee volunteer hours, sponsorships, grants and in-kind contribution, Navigant Credit Union and its employees proudly gave back to more than 450 worthy organizations across Rhode Island.
A few highlights…
We contributed to future projects that we know will change people’s lives: In June, we awarded a $100,000 grant to support the construction of the Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station, a 34-room health center that promises high-quality, low-cost health care services to 85 percent of the Central Falls population.
We helped local students pay for their college education: For the 21st consecutive year, Navigant Credit Union awarded academic scholarships to a group of high school seniors across Rhode Island. In 2018, we awarded a total of $35,000 in scholarships; since launching the program, we’ve awarded more than $300,000.
We sponsored events that we truly believe in: We were proud to support events and initiatives like the Women’s Summit at Bryant University; the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon; the Sisters of Mercy’s annual Celebration of Mercy event; and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
We volunteered where added bodies were needed: Sometimes organizations just need a helping hand. Providing help during busy periods or at an event is as valuable as any dollar contribution. Some of those efforts include the Rhode Island Community Food bank, Little Sisters of the Poor annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon, the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Basket program and we even helped clean the streets of downtown Pawtucket.
And we had a whole lot of fun: Over the summer, we took a shot at the Guinness World Record for the “largest number of people singing If You’re Happy and You Know It. We packed over a thousand people into Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium, and – in doing so – we raised $11,000 for Special Olympics Rhode Island.
We firmly believe that we as an organization have a genuine responsibility to give back. And it’s a responsibility we’re all proud to take on!