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Arsenal Credit Union receives recognition at the state level

Community Involvement
Arsenal Credit Union receives recognition at the state level

Giving back to the community and providing financial education are two cornerstones of our philosophy. We’re happy to receive recognition for providing them to the communities we serve.

Over the past year, we’ve amped up our efforts to help out the local youth in our communities. We’ve also continued participating in our other community-minded efforts such as making sack lunches for the homeless and collecting/recycling paper and electronics to keep them out of landfills. For this, the Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA) honored us with a first-place 2019 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award!

In addition, we also earned an honorable mention 2019 Alphonse Desjardins Award for our youth financial education efforts. Arsenal and other winners from Missouri and Kansas were announced on August 16, by HCUA, the trade association for credit unions in both states.

Our first-place 2019 Dora Maxwell award

“It’s the little things that count: Taking care of our community’s youth”

employees counting stuffed animals at our Arnold branch

Our entry into the latest Dora Maxwell competition focused on our efforts to help the youth in the community. Several in-branch drives were held, including one that collected more than 1,200 stuffed animals for SAFE, a group that distributes them to emergency workers to give to children in crisis situations.

Jenny Remes and a worker at STL Diaper Bank pose for a pic


We also collected more than 1,300 easy-to-prepare food items that were sent home with students in backpacks on Fridays when children don’t have access to school meals. Other drives led to 3,100 diapers (and some wipes) being donated to mothers in need and 3,401 school supplies to disadvantaged children in the area. Staff invested 181-1/2 hours of volunteer time in these four drives.

Our honorable mention 2019 Alphonse Desjardins award

“Improving Financial Literacy in Our Communities – One Lesson at a Time”

Katie Dobbs at a CAPS meeting

Our other award-winning entry highlighted several new initiatives.

  • Partnering with the St. Louis Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) to provide financial education to students enrolled in their business career path.
  • Helping the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) with its district leadership competition.
  • Hosting local high school students at our headquarters for job shadowing.

In addition, we gave many classroom presentations, reaching 2,814 elementary, middle and high school students in the area. We also provided digital-based financial education to almost 900 students at Fox, Seckman, Windsor in Jefferson County and McCluer North High School in North St. Louis County.

A word from Arsenal President/CEO Linda Allen

“We are all about helping people when we can. As a credit union, we offer better rates on loans and deposits to help people turn their financial goals into realities. We also provide convenience services that save our members time and money. But it’s important to do what we can to address community needs that are more basic and immediate, such as comfort, food, personal care items and school supplies.”

In total, we have earned 16 Dora Maxewell and eight Desjardins awards since the competitions began in 1994 and 2004, respectively.