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Thank you for helping us give back to the community this fall

Community Involvement
Thank you for helping us give back to the community this fall

Alone we climb rocks. Together we climb mountains.

Arsenal is always concerned with giving you the best service possible when you visit a branch, call us or use one of our digital banking services. But did you know that we also strive to provide the best service possible to the community beyond banking?

We had a busy fall full of drives and initiatives aimed at helping the community we serve. While we organized these events, we want to thank you for participating when possible and allowing us to serve the communities we care about.

Fall Shred Events

Shredded documents with stacked of with folder isolated on white background.

Every year, we host shred events in the spring and fall. Not only do these events help members destroy documents with sensitive information, all the paper gets recycled so it doesn’t end up in landfills. Big thanks to American Document Destruction who partners with us for these events.

This fall, three branches hosted shred events and collected a total of 15,520 pounds of documents. That’s the weight of about 5.5 Honda Civics.

Branch-by-branch results:

  • Arnold: 6,520 pounds
  • Webster Groves: 6,200 pounds
  • Florissant: 2,800 pounds

Still have documents to shred? Stay tuned for more information about our spring events.

Blood Drive

Red Cross Bloodmobile on Arsenal parking lot

On Monday, Oct. 22, the parking lot at our Arnold branch hosted an American Red Cross Bloodmobile. We had 32 presenting donors (members and staff) and collected a total of 28 units of blood.

The importance of giving blood cannot be understated. According to World Health Organization, blood is the most precious gift anyone can give another person – the gift of life. Medical professionals need blood the most for:

  • Women with pregnancy complications
  • Children with severe anemia
  • People with severe trauma and blood loss from accidents, natural disasters and man-made disasters
  • Complex medical and surgical procedures
  • Cancer patients
  • Patients with conditions such as thalassemia and sickle cell disease

Halloween Food Drive

Food being collected for a Halloween drive at arsenal Credit Union

Members and staff donated a total of 1,332 single-serve items during an Oct. 16-31 food drive for Brenden’s Friday Backpacks, crushing our goal of 750 items. We also raised $127 for the organization through our dress-down days.

Kids in need often receive breakfast and lunch at school during the week. On the weekend, access to food becomes a bigger problem. Brendan’s Friday Backpack sends these kids home with easy-to-prepare snacks and meals so they do not face hunger while school’s not in session.

Financial Education

Our Certified Educator in Personal Finance, Jenny Remes, continues to teach students throughout the St. Louis area. For the fall semester, she has already given 19 presentations and reached 268 students, with eight presentations still planned. Jenny reaches students in grade school, middle school and high school, altering her curriculum to cover topics appropriate for the grade levels.

More than ever, personal finance is a critical issue for students entering college or the workforce. As of 2018, Missouri is one of only 17 states that make financial education a requirement for high school students. Illinois does not have this requirement. There are no requirements for grade school or middle school students.

American Cancer Society Denim Day

Arsenal employees wearing pink for American Cancer Society dress down day

On Friday, Oct. 5, Arsenal employees donated $300 to the American Cancer Society to help save lives from breast cancer. Since this event began in 1996, participants have raised more than $97 million to make sure no one has to face the disease alone.

Sack Lunches for St. Patrick Center

Arsenal employee and worker from St Patrick Center posing with sack lunches

Throughout the year, Arsenal staff makes sack lunches for St. Patrick Center in downtown St. Louis. In late October, we made and delivered 150 lunches to this organization. Visit StPatrickCenter.org to learn how you can volunteer on your own or with a group.

Crisis Aid International

Collection of jewelry for Crisis Aid

We collected and donated old, new and broken jewelry items, crystals from chandeliers, beads of any kind and silver-plated silverware to help Monarch Jewelry, a ministry in connection with Crisis Aid International that creates quality artistic jewelry and accessories as a unique way to engage in the fight against human trafficking (modern-day slavery). Year to date we’ve held three drives, with the current one ending on Nov. 13.

Warners’ Warm-Up

Collection site for Warners' Warm-Up at Arnold branch

We are once again acting as a collection site for Kurt and Brenda Warner’s First Things First Foundation and its 18th annual Warners’ Warm-Up coat Drive. Donations will be accepted at four Arsenal branches (Arnold, Webster Groves, Florissant and Swansea) until Wednesday, Nov. 14. Learn more about the coat drive here.