When you bank locally with EECU, we’re able to help support special projects in our communities. Some examples of the programs we support are:
Central Valley Honor Flight
EECU has partnered with Central Valley Honor Flight. The Honor Flight Network consists of over 100 independent non-profit hubs across the United States. Our Central Valley chapter is currently raising funds to a charter planes that will send our veterans to Washington D.C. in commemoration of their sacrifice, and in honor of their service to our country. One hundred percent of all donations go toward funding these flights. Please join us in giving back to those who gave it all so that we could be free.
EECU sponsors awards programs in five counties that provide recognition for outstanding teachers, administrators, and school employees. The nominees, finalists, and winners - as well as colleagues, family and friends - attend an evening gala event and are individually recognized for their outstanding achievements. The winners each receive a small sculpture created by a local artist. All five awards programs are funded by the credit union.
EECU is committed to helping students achieve their full potential. The member grant program began in 2003 with a $25,000 budget. The budget was increased the following year to $50,000 so that more students would benefit. Today, EECU annually awards fifty $2,000 grants, for a total of $100,000. To date, EECU has awarded more than $1 million in student grants.
"Wise Up!” is a financial education program geared toward students in middle school and high school. The event takes place at the school site, and during the day EECU employees help the students choose a career, calculate their gross-to-net income and then utilize this information to set up a household budget. The goal of the program is to help the students understand the expenses that come with financial independence (apartment, insurance, utilities, entertainment, etc.), and learn how to set up a budget.
EECU supports Raisin City Elementary School by donating money to transport two busloads of school children to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. These are Kindergarten through third grade students who have never been outside of their small, poor community. The kids are so excited to visit the aquarium and see the ocean for the first time.
Selma Art Show
Each year our Selma Branch is transformed into an art gallery to showcase the artistic talents of students in Selma Unified School District. The artwork is judged by school and community leaders and acknowledged with a first, second, third, or honorable mention award. Many local dignitaries attend this invitation-only, catered event, and the students are presented with a certificate.
Civil War Revisited
EECU provides funding for students to attend the annual Civil War reenactment at Kearney Park in Fresno. The students are able to witness the Civil War battle and participate in various activities.