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Giving back in a big way: 2021 mid-year community involvement recap

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Giving back in a big way: 2021 mid-year community involvement recap

As a credit union, service is our mission. In addition to great rates and convenient mobile banking solutions, we aim to give back to the organizations that serve our neighborhoods as much as we can.

Read more about how we’ve helped give back from January through June of 2021.

American Red Cross blood drives

We’ve partnered with the American Red Cross to hold three blood drives this year. In total, 78 members of the community and Arsenal employees donated 53 pints of usable blood.

We will hold another blood drive on Monday, Nov. 1, at our Arnold branch. If you’re interested in donating, please sign up using the Red Cross website.

Toiletry drive

This spring, we organized a toiletry drive at our branches and donated a total of 2,390 items to the Arnold Food Pantry. The mission of this organization is to provide food for those in need. It serves more than 12,000 people a year and helps other organizations do the same.

Pet food drive

Another drive we held helped feed pets in need. We collected 141 pounds of dog and cat food and donated it to Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry. This organization provides pet food, education and assistance in accessing services to low-income families, senior citizens, veterans, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness in Jefferson County to ensure their companion animals never go hungry or suffer.

Arsenal Community Impact Fund

Earlier this year, we awarded $14,000 to eight organizations as part of our second round of Arsenal Community Impact Fund grants. This program was specially designed to help local nonprofits apply for the funds they need in the form of grants and help less fortunate members of the community in the special ways that their organizations are equipped to do.

Additional Organizations we’ve helped

While we couldn’t help every organization that applied for a grant, we were also happy to donate funds and volunteer time to the following organizations.

  • Living in Victory Everyday (LIVE)
  • Belleville Sack Lunch Program
  • Swansea Fire Department/National Fire Safety Council
  • Breakfast Club
  • Forming Light
  • All Paws Safe Haven
  • Arnold Food Pantry Emergency Fund

If you are an organization looking for monetary or volunteer help, please fill out a donation request.

Community Donation Requests

Paper shredding events

Recycling paper rain or shine

We held paper shredding events at our Arnold, Webster Groves and Florissant branches this year and recycled a total of 37,700 pounds of paper. Record amounts were collected at our Arnold and Webster Groves branches, and our Florissant branch almost set a new high for itself. Read more about this record-setting year on this blog post.

This is the 12th year we’ve held paper shredding events at our branches (skipping 2020 due to the pandemic). Throughout the years, we’ve collected a total of 308,778 pounds of sensitive paper documents, keeping them out of landfills and helping to protect your information. We’ll be holding additional paper shredding events in September and October.

  • Arnold: Saturday, September 18
  • Florissant: Saturday, September 25
  • Webster Groves (location may be different than our branch): Saturday, October 2

eRecycling events

This year, we held eRecycling events at our Arnold and Florissant branches. We were able to collect 6,983 pounds of electronics at our Florissant branch and 16,255 pounds at our Arnold branch, keeping 23,238 pounds of devices kept out of landfills. We partnered with Midwest Recycling Center (MRC), a certified electronics recycling company based in Park Hills with a drop-off-site in Imperial, to hold these events at our branches.

This is the 10th year we’ve held eRecycling events like these (skipping 2020 due to the pandemic). We’ve collected a total of 197,410 pounds of your old, obsolete and broken electronics over this time period.