Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) recently partnered with five local Girl Scout troops in Rochester and Barrington, teaching them financial literacy and education at their meetings.
HRCU launched the effort in early February as an extension to its youth program, which has had a presence in many local elementary schools through its Super Saver Days for more than a decade.
“Teaching today’s youth financial literacy is extremely important,” HRCU Spaulding High School Branch Manager and Youth Educator, Leah Esslinger-Sprowl said. “We love being part of the experience in helping these children get an education and understanding of financial responsibility.”
The lessons, taught by Esslinger-Sprowl, help to teach children responsible financial habits and are specifically designed for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, children in grades kindergarten through third.
Children are encouraged to earn up to four financial badges - Making Choices, Money Counts, Philanthropist, and Money Manager - each signifying a different level of financial education. As children collect badges, they will learn the monetary value of money, how to make smart financial choices, budgeting, and how to help those in need though community service.
“It is important for the girls to have a working knowledge of money and what it means so that they can make smart decisions with it as they get older,” Rochester Girl Scout Troop 10904 leader, Melissa Cardin said. “This is something kids can understand at a basic level, and can implement anywhere – at home, in their personal lives, and with their troop.”
HRCU looks to expand its Girl Scout outreach program in the coming months, as it continues to establish and develop relationships with local youth.
“We really want to fill the void of financial education with the youth in our community,” Esslinger-Sprowl said. “I believe it’s our responsibility to reach out and provide them with the knowledge they deserve.”
The Front Door Agency, Inc. is the recipient of a $2,500 Community Outreach grant from St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union.
The Nashua non-profit organization, which provides services to low-income families and individuals, will use the funds to offer financial management workshops.
The five-week curriculum focuses on equipping participants with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively manage personal finances and achieve financial independence.
“We believe that basic skills in personal financial management will help our clients learn the importance of planning and saving for the future,” said Carol Connor, Director of Development & Public Relations at The Front Door.
The Financial Literacy Program is offered two times each year to the community at large free of charge, utilizing expertise from several different community financial resources. The addition of a session in Spanish last April was very well received, said Connor, and the program continues to attract participants eager to learn more about personal finances.
Among the topics covered are budgeting and spending, banking services and products, elements of a savings plan, credit-debt management, and resources and problem-solving.
”As financial institution, we understand that the skills taught in these workshops will help these families and individuals work toward independence and financial security,” said Tom Champagne, St. Mary’s Bank Director of Community Outreach. “We’re pleased to be able to help The Front Door Agency, which offers much-needed support and assistance to so many in need.”
Service Credit Union employees once again joined forces with “New Hampshire Goes Red For Women Day” as part of National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 7th to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. This year, Service Credit Union also celebrated its second annual month-long Service Credit Union Fitness Challenge with an emphasis on being heart healthy.
National Wear Red Day is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the American Heart Association. The organization created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002. This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in this life-saving awareness movement by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, tie, or Red Dress Pin.
For the sixth straight year, Service Credit Union employees donated $5 a piece toward the cause and participated in a dress down day at the credit union. Service Credit Union matched employee donations for a contribution to the American Heart Association.
“National Wear Red Day is a great opportunity to reach out to women in our community and alert them to their personal risk factors for heart disease,” says Gordon Simmons, President/CEO of Service Credit Union. “By wearing red and participating on February 7th, we showed our support for heart disease awareness.”
To raise even more awareness to being physically fit and heart healthy, Service Credit Union employees signed up for a month-long Fitness Challenge and committed to 20 minutes of exercise four times a week.
Members of Veterans Count paid tribute to Service Credit Union and its President/CEO, Gordon Simmons, for the credit union’s support of the newly formed organization throughout 2013.
Service Credit Union was a major sponsor of the Salute Our Soldiers events organized by Veterans Count and hosted in Portsmouth at the credit union’s corporate offices and in Nashua. Hundreds of people gathered at these events to raise funds for soldiers and their families who are deployed or returning home from service.
Veterans Count official Bill Schuler presented Simmons with a Christopher James Ward painting entitled “Live Free or Die” of the USS Raleigh, Portsmouth, N.H. and a photo album commemorating the annual May event held in Portsmouth.
In addition, Veterans Count representative Mark Sullivan gave Simmons an American Flag which flew over the skies of Afghanistan on July 4, 2013 with an engraved plate with the words, “Gordon Simmons for all you have done for our military.”
The document on the American Flag case also states “In honor of Service Credit Union and its employees. Thank you for your unwavering support of America, her values, and the warriors who defend her.”
All gifts presented will be displayed in the Service Credit Union museum located on the first floor of the corporate offices on Lafayette Road.
“Service Credit Union is proud to support this patriotic organization which helps veterans and their families,” says Gordon Simmons, President/CEO of Service Credit Union. “It is our responsibility to assist the people who served our great country and are in need of assistance. It follows the credit union philosophy of people helping people.”
The funds were used to help veterans and their families with employment, housing, and medical needs. The money that was raised from the dinners helped to fund care coordinators who help New Hampshire military members, veterans, and their families who are in need of short-term, emergency help or services.