Arsenal Credit Union is a Proud Sponsor of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis
Be. The. Good.
Doing good in the community and being socially responsible are both important to Arsenal Credit Union. Even though we are not a charity, our care for people goes beyond those who do business with us. It applies to all people.
Habitat for Humanity St. Louis
On Veterans Day (Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021), eight Arsenal employees helped construction efforts for the latest Habitat for Humanity St. Louis project.
We partnered with eight other companies for KMOV’s Home 4 the Holidays campaign to help Habitat for Humanity St. Louis build a home for a deserving family. Arsenal employees took a full day on their Veterans Day holiday to help build the house. In addition to providing volunteer hours, the credit union made a $5,000 donation to the organization.
On Monday, Nov. 22, the home was dedicated and the homebuyer, Kenneth T., was given the keys.
Over 7,000 Hours Volunteered
That’s how many hours our employees volunteered from 2013 through 2020 toward improving our community on behalf of the credit union. In 2020, even with the pandemic keeping us apart, employees were able to give back over 632 hours.
Cumulatively, that equals about $203,718.52, according to Independent Sector’s estimated value of volunteer time.
Community Impact Fund
In 2020, we started the Arsenal Community Impact Fund to help local organizations do what they do best – serve the communities we live in. Since the inception of this award-winning program, we’ve disbursed $34,300. We’ve also provided employee volunteer hours and necessary resources to see that these organizations serve their missions the best they can.
We’ve taught a lot of young people in the classroom about personal finance – reaching 8,826 students through 362 presentations over the past six years.
Upon request, our youth financial education specialist and certified educator in personal finance (CEPF), Jenny Remes, will present at local schools. As a 15-year program veteran, Jenny engages students in the responsibility of saving, investing, managing credit and keeping money safe and secure with presentations that can be customized to grade level, needs and curriculum.
We help deliver high quality, unbiased, digital financial education to students at local high schools in partnership with EVERFI, Inc. Over the past five school years, we’ve provided 18,402 hours of learning to 5,607 students through this program. Our first sponsorship was at a school designated as low to moderate income, which we’ve continued to support every year while expanding our reach to several other schools, public and private, in different parts of St. Louis where we have branches.
Every year we hold free paper shredding and eRecycling events at our branches for members of the community. These events help keep tons of paper and electronic waste out of landfills. They also help protect countless amounts of personal information from falling into the wrong hands.
Over the years, we’ve collected and recycled 217,055 pounds of electronics at 29 events. We’ve collected a total of 323,308 pounds of paper at 58 events. In total, we’ve helped to save 279.2 tons of waste from ending up in landfills.
We’ve earned a total of 17 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Awards for our community involvement efforts. We have also earned eight Alphonse Desjardins Awards for our youth financial education efforts and one for our adult education program.