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 values.
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 2020:
- Amherst Island Radio
- Corus Clothes for Kids
- Dawn House
- Extendicare Kingston
- The Food Sharing Project
- Girls Inc.
- Independent Living Centre Kingston
- International Credit Union and Co-op Week
- JG Simcoe Public School
- Joe's Musical Instrument Lending Library
- KCCU Community Sharing & Christmas Caring Program
- Kidney Foundation
- Kids for Kids Hockey Tournament
- Kingston Canadian Film Festival
- Kingston Home Based Housing
- Kingston Humane Society
- Kingston Community Climate Action Fund - City of Kingston
- Kingston School of Art
- Kingston Seniors Association
- Land Conservancy KFLA
- Loving Spoonful
- Martha's Table
- Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market
- One Roof Kingston Youth Hub
- Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation
- Partners in Mission Food Bank
- Ryan's Case for Smiles
- Socks Kingston
- South Frontenac Community Services
- St. Lawrence College-Office of Alumni & Development
- St. Martha Catholic School
- St. Vincent de Paul Kingston
- The United Way KFLA
- University Hospitals Kingston Foundation
We also support our local community charities, cooperatives and not for profits by offering a no-fee account (for qualifying members) and in 2019 we introduced a new low fee Community Account for clubs, teams, and organizations.
Community Support and Involvement. Generally, you will see us out and about in the community at festivals, events, and fundraisers throughout the year, but the 2020 pandemic restricted such events and community participation; but it did not restrict our spirit! This year, more than ever our community needed help. In late March we went into our first lock-down, people were out of work, government support programs like CERB had not been developed and we recognized the need and urgency for emergency food support for many people in our community. 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 continued to help support the community where we could. We held a sock drive early in the year and another (along with a collection of hats and mitts) late in the fall with all items collected being distributed in our community. Members and staff participated in our Community Sharing program by donating Winter Care Kit which were delivered to homeless youth. We helped with fundraising efforts for Martha’s table by selling car raffle tickets, the Kingston Humane Society by selling their 2021 calendars and accepting donations for Corus Clothes for Kids and the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund at our branches. We also helped to promote these fundraisers on our social media and website.
KCCU has been an active participant in the KFL&A Workplace Employee Campaign and this year was no different. Employee contributions, along with a corporate top up brought our donation to $10,000. KCCU was recognized by KFL&A United Way for our 41 strait years of achieving 100% staff participation!
We ended our year by bringing some Christmas sparkle to the residents of Extendicare Kingston by providing them with lighted Christmas figures for their courtyard. We also made donations to St. Vincent de Paul, Dawn House and LionHearts to assist with Christmas meals.
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 numerous 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, predatory lending and investing. We have 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. They 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 is terrific! They are engaged in supporting our community. Our employee 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. This year the committee co-ordinated in branch Christmas luncheons, casual days, spirit days and other fun activities.
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. We are proud to have a student from KCCU to be a recipient of a bursary in 2020. Congratulations to all 2020 recipients! The CU Youth Bursary has, over the past five years, awarded $361,000 to 258 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. It’s 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!