Community Involvement and Charitable Donations
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 Kingston Community Credit Union 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 Vvalues.
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 2021:
- Amherst Island Radio/Radio Free Stella
- Boys & Girls Club Kingston
- Corus Clothes for Kids
- Dawn House
- Extendicare Kingston
- The Food Sharing Project
- The Forgotten Ferals
- HARS Kingston
- Integrated Care Hub
- International Credit Union and Co-op Week
- Juvenis Festival
- KCCU Community Sharing & Christmas Caring Programs
- Kingston 4 Paws
- Kingston Canadian Film Festival
- Kingston Community Climate Action Fund - City of Kingston
- Kingston Community Health Centres Butterfly Way Project
- Kingston Community Health Centres Operation Warm Feet
- Kingston Community Health Centres KCCU Care Kits
- Kingston Humane Society
- Kingston Professional Firefighters Association
- Kingston School of Art
- Kingston Seniors Association
- Loving Spoonful
- Martha's Table
- Modern Locavore
- Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Association
- Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation – CU Succeed Youth Bursary
- Pete Peterson Basketball League
- Partners in Mission Food Bank
- Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre
- Socks Kingston
- South Frontenac Community Services
- South Frontenac Community Services Food Bank
- St. Vincent de Paul Kingston
- The United Way of KFLA
- The United Way Day of Caring
We also support our local community charities, cooperatives and not for profits by offering a no-fee account (for qualifying members) and a low fee Community Account for clubs, teams, and organizations.
Community Support and Involvement. We recognize the continued need for support within our community. Many of our local support organizations and agencies have been unable to hold their regular fundraising events both this and last year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Most also have higher needs. Last year, when the pandemic initially hit, we took immediate action to help by donating $25,000 to local food-providing organizations: Partners in Mission Food Bank, South Frontenac Community Services, The Food Sharing Project, Kingston Home Based Housing, Dawn House, and St. Vincent de Paul Kingston. We have continued to support these and other non-profits this year. In the last quarter of 2021 alone KCCU donated over $20,000, through fundraising and corporate donations to local organizations.
In 2021 we developed a successful new partnership with the City of Kingston and the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund. The KCCAF was developed to support local charities and not-for-profit organizations, and their initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and/or air emissions; increase energy conservation or efficiency; reduce or divert organic waste; or assist with Climate Change adaptation and technology innovation reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). KCCU agreed to actively promote the projects, the fund and committed to match donations made at our branches up to $5,000. In Spring 2021 the fund helped to support green projects for Martha’s Table and Habitat for Humanity. Kick off for the 2022 KCCAF was held in December 2021 with three projects planned: Rain Gardens by Sustainable Kingston, Valet Bicycle Parking by Cycle Kingston and a Hydroponic Greenhouse by Extend-A-Family Kingston. Refer to our website for more details on these projects and how you can contribute.
We were most pleased to present $7,000 to South Frontenac Community Services in May 2021. $5,000 was awarded from Concentra’s Empowering Your Community program plus an additional $2,000 from KCCU. The funding supported SFCS greenhouse and gardens which in turn contributes to food security, volunteerism, and education.
KCCU remains an active participant in the KFL&A United Way Workplace Employee Campaign with employee contributions, along with a corporate top up, bringing our donation to over $9,000 this year. KCCU was also recognized by KFL&A United Way for our Platinum status with 42 strait years of achieving 100% staff participation!
We continued to help support the community where we could in 2021. We held a fall book sale with proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul, helped with fundraising efforts for the Kingston Humane Society by selling their 2022 calendars and accepted donations for Corus Clothes for Kids and the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund at our branches. We also promoted these fundraisers in branch, on social media and our website.
Our year ended helping 8 member families (33 people, 14 children) by providing groceries and gifts through our Christmas Caring Program. We also assembled numerous KCCU Care Kits which were distributed throughout the community via Kingston Community Health Care Centre.
Kingston Community Credit Union takes pride in setting a caring example in Kingston and appreciates the generosity and commitment of their members, board, management, and staff in supporting these initiatives.
Support Local. As a local business we understand the importance of local support. We have actively joined the Support Local – Support Kingston initiative since the start of the first shut down and have featured many local businesses on our website and social media.
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, and investing. We moved our session to an online format this and last year due to Covid. We also offer a full library of fun financial learning videos on our website - just click on the "Learn" icon on our home page to check them out. A new Junior Series was introduced in 2021 to support financial learning for our little ones. All videos are a fun and light way to learn about financial products and provide answers to your financial life questions. We also provide information and resources on our social media channels so please connect with us there.
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 are paramount to our engagement with and support for our community. Our employee run Social and Fundraising Committee is instrumental in planning and executing many of our initiatives. The Committee is also responsible for our Christmas Caring and Community Sharing programs along with creating spirit and fun within our branches. Special thanks to all the members of the Social and Fundraising Committee for all you do!
Bursaries. KCCU has actively promoted the Ontario Credit Union Foundation CU Succeed Youth Bursary. The CU Succeed Youth Bursary program is open to resident Ontario post-secondary students in need of financial assistance for academic, technological, or vocational training. Congratulations to our two student recipients in 2021! The CU Succeed Youth Bursary was established in 2016 by the OCUF and, over the past six years has awarded $436,000 to 327 students.
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. Its 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!