Today in Wichita and Topeka, more than 20 credit union leaders from six Kansas credit unions and the Kansas Credit Union Association donned T-shirts and jeans in lieu of button down shirts and high heeled sandals.
Some ended up with paint-splattered clothes and others spent the morning in a warehouse full of boxes.
But the premise was the same. To illustrate that credit unions are vital part of each and every community. The event was the first CUnext Day of Service, coordinated by the CUnext Young Professionals Council.
"Our CUnexters wanted to get out and do something in the community that would benefit both the young professional’s group, as well as someone in need,” said Travis Colibert, Branch Manager at Mid American Credit Union and part of the CUnext Leadership Committee. "We wanted to illustrate that the philosophy of ‘people helping people’ is important to credit unions, and that we live it both inside and outside the credit union world.”
Credit union staff from Medical Community Credit Union, Meritrust Credit Union and Mid American Credit Union participated in the Wichita event, painting exterior trim and doors, hanging windows and putting on a roof of a Habitat for Humanity house.
In Topeka, the group packed 453 boxes of food for seniors in northeast Kansas through Harvesters Community Food Network. Participating credit unions included Educational Credit Union and Quest Credit Union, both of Topeka, as well as Kansas State University Federal Credit Union from Manhattan, KS.
Colibert said he was pleased with the turnout, and is hoping to plan future events.