Keystone UM Credit Union Wins National Award
The Keystone United Methodist Federal Credit Union (KUMFCU) recently was presented with the national Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility and Community Service by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
The award recognizes a credit union for its social responsibility work and charitable projects that support its community. Applicants must first win their state’s award before moving on to the national competition. KUMFCU was recognized for their work with the United Methodist Church Union Congregate Feeding Program that provides daily meals for the needy on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Supporting their belief that people in need should not have to choose between going without or begging for a meal, the credit union has partnered with this program to offer volunteer support, supplies, and other assistance. The KUMFCU staff of seven has logged dozens of volunteer hours and staff members have spent hundreds of dollars of their own funds to help the program’s participants enjoy a hot meal. They have also provided warm clothing for them.
KUMFCU Board President Mark Griffith with award.
“One of our primary goals was to go beyond the scope of what we normally do as a credit union to help people,” said Patti Columbe, CEO of KUMFCU. “Participating in the congregate feeding program not only provides a much needed service to the community, it also enables us as a staff to demonstrate faith in action as well as credit union values.”
Through the Congregate Feeding Program, the credit union not only offers a hot meal, but also dignity, compassion, respect, and assistance to individuals in need. “These are values that we espouse as a staff, as individuals, and as an organization,” said Columbe. “We are able to reach beyond our field of membership and serve in a role that complements our credit union mission.”
KUMFCU Board President Mark Griffith traveled to Baltimore to accept the award.
In addition to serving through the Congregate Feeding Program, KUMFCU supports other United Methodist ministry both financially and through action. In addition to financial donations to Conference ministries, staff members volunteer their time and energy on a regular basis to help others. They call it ministry in action and leading by example.
KUMFCU also participated in the Mosquito Run to eliminate deaths from malaria; supports the Children's Miracle Network through participation in Friday Jeans Day; supports the United Methodist Camping Ministry through annual financial donations, and tithes 10% of VISA credit card revenue to support new church starts through semi-annual financial donations to the Conference.