Community Involvement and Charitable Donations
2019 In Our Community
Cooperation, Community, Education, and Sharing are core values of Kingston Community Credit Union. We strongly believe in building cooperative relationships with our members and our community. For over 60 years KCCU has made a positive impact in our local community with charitable giving, volunteerism and financial education. We have a proud tradition of cooperative business ethics and a commitment to continually demonstrate our mission, vision, and values.
As part of the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, KCCU is committed to building, strengthening and enhancing the lives of those in our community.
We were proud to support the following organizations in 2019:
- Afro-Caribe Community Foundation of Kingston
- Almost Home
- Amherst Island Radio
- Alzheimer’s Society KFLA
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters Teddy Bear Picnic
- Circles Kingston
- Corus Clothes for Kids
- CUPE 1974
- Dawn House
- Dress for Success Kingston
- Domino Theatre
- Extendicare Kingston
- Girls Inc. Kingston
- HARS HIV Aids
- Heart & Stroke Foundation
- Ice Wolves
- Independent Living Centre Kingston
- International Credit Union and Co-op Week
- JG Simcoe Public School Food Program
- Junior Gaels Football
- KCCU Christmas Caring Program
- KCCU Cooperative Leadership Scholarships
- KCVI – DECA
- KHSC Walk for Comfort and Care
- Kidney Foundation of Canada
- Kingston Health Sciences Centre
- Kingston Community Health Centre
- Kids for Kids Hockey Tournament
- Kingston Canadian Film Festival
- Kingston Humane Society
- Kingston Police Association
- Kingston Pride
- Kingston School of Art
- Kingston Seniors Association
- Land Conservancy
- Limestone Genre Expo
- Loving Spoonful
- Loving Spoonful Night Market
- Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market
- One Roof (Kingston Youth Hub)
- Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation
- Partners in Mission Food Bank
- Sheba’s Haven
- Skeleton Park Arts Festival
- St. Vincent de Paul Kingston
- The United Way of KFLA
- University Hospitals Kingston Foundation
- Well Suited Kingston
- 350 Kingston
We also support our local community charities, cooperatives and not for profits by offering a no-fee account (for qualifying members) and in 2019 we introduced a new low fee Community Account for clubs, teams and organizations.
You will see us out and about in our community. We welcome opportunities to engage with people at local events such as the Teddy Bear Picnic, Kingston Pride, Big Paws and Memorial Centre Night Market to name just a few. Our staff is certainly noticeable in their new bright and colorful People Helping People t-shirts! In 2019 we retired our little Yaris and replaced it with a new Nissan Qashqai complete with a personalized wrap and KCCU license plate. We also have a new event tent branded with our Bank Local theme. These are great opportunities to let people know about the credit union difference and invite them to bank with us.
Our Financial literacy initiatives. We are committed to educating our members and our community. We regularly share our experience and knowledge with local schools, groups, and organizations by providing financial literacy sessions on topics such as budgeting, saving, credit, predatory lending and investing. KCCU Wealth also provides regular educational segments on Global Kingston’s Morning Show as well as seminars out in our community. We have built a strong library of information segments on both the KCCU website (It’s a Money Thing) as well as the KCCU Wealth Solutions site. Please take some time to check them out. They are a fun and light way to learn about financial products and provide answers to your financial life questions.
If you know of a group or organization that would be interested in receiving financial literacy training, please contact us at kccu.ca.
Our Staff. Our staff is terrific! They are engaged in supporting events and fundraisers. Our staff Social and Fundraising Committee is instrumental in planning and executing many of our events such as BBQs, sock drives, book and bake sales that help to raise both funds and awareness for many community organizations. The Committee is also responsible for our Christmas Caring program and Community Sharing program along with planning staff events including family BBQs, Christmas parties, showers, birthday celebrations, casual days, spirit days (pink shirt day, wear plaid for dad, etc.).
Scholarships. Since 1989, KCCU has been awarding scholarships to deserving local youth. The KCCU Leadership Through Cooperation Scholarship is awarded to the student at each local high school as well as St. Lawrence College, who, in the eyes of his/her peers has selflessly exhibited cooperation to bring people together to accomplish a common goal. Over the past twenty-seven years, some 390 of these silent heroes have received scholarships and made a significant positive influence on their peers. In addition to receiving a $250 scholarship, each recipient’s name is proudly displayed on the Award Plaque with the emblem of their school as well as posted on our website. Congratulations to all our 2019 winners!
Credit Union Difference. Being part of a credit union means doing more with your money. It’s making the choice to keep your dollars local, and putting your own health, the health of your community, and your local economy ahead of someone else’s bottom line. It’s about putting your interests first, aligning your money with your values, putting people above profit and choosing co-operation over competition. Thank you for being part of our cooperative!