WHAT IS #PARKCOMMUNITYGIVES?
UPDATE JANUARY 19, 2017
So what is #parkcommunitygives? Arthur Ashe once said, “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”
It is a brand new year and Park Community Credit Union is starting out on the right foot by continuing our Giving Back Campaign, launched in November 2016. We plan to continue to show our support in 2017 for local chairties as well as offer our time and effort to help better our community. You can follow our progress on the website for years to come. Join us in our efforts by helping spread the word and getting involved. If you have a charity you’re passionate about, tell us. We’re looking to partner with local charities that deserve to be recognized for their efforts in helping others succeed.
To find out how it all began with our 50th Anniversary scroll down.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Dare to Care, God’s Outreach, God’s Pantry and Berea Faith Community Outreach are nonprofit organizations united by their mission to end hunger in our communities. We are glad to be helping these outstanding associations by collecting canned goods at our branches. Our goal is to gather 1,000 canned goods total. The collection is set to start November 1st and end on November 17th 2017. Find out more information on each group by selecting their name listed above.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS BY GIVING BACK
UPDATE JANUARY 2, 2017
In celebrating our anniversary, Park Community’s staff and members came together for one common purpose: giving back. Within our regional markets, we selected a number of charitable organizations to help. Whether it was a contribution, a collection, or simply random acts of kindness—Park Community was driven to give back on a whole new level.
Started in 2015, we celebrated many things over 12 months: 50 years of people helping people, the relationships we’ve built, and the success that we’ve helped bring to our staff, members, and communities. It was a year of commemorating our contributions to the community thus far and a promise to continue our efforts for many years to come.
To learn more about Park Community Credit Union, check out our website.
ACTS OF KINDNESS
In honor of our Anniversary, our beloved mascot Parkie headed out to the community to pay it forward. He visited the local Kroger in the Hikes Point, Shepherdsville, and Beaumont neighborhoods greeting shoppers and handing out $50 gift cards to help pay for groceries. On August 20th, he hit the road and made pit stops throughout Metro Louisville, and on October 5th, he was cruising around Richmond, Kentucky. He could be found performing random acts of kindness, such as buying someone’s lunch or filling up their gas tank. Parkie loves to be apart of the community and helping others. To follow his whereabouts, you can check out our Facebook page. Who knows, he may be in your neighborhood next!
God’s Outreach is a 501C-3 non-profit organization that tangibly expresses its love and concern for people in need of food in Madison County by supplying them with emergency and/or supplemental food monthly. Park Community Credit Union is happy to support this local community effort. If you would like to find out more information about God’s Outreach, click here: here.
NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN
The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) in Berea, Kentucky addresses the urgent need for women in Appalachia to become better educated and employed, and more than 800 graduates have realized their full potential as they have achieved successes for themselves and their families. Park Community Credit Union is happy to support this local community effort. If you would like to find out more information about NOSW, click here: here.
THE CARNEGIE CENTER FOR LITERACY AND LEARNING
The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning is a non-profit educational and community center in Lexington, Kentucky. They have an open-door policy inviting people young and old to learn something new. Park Community Credit Union is a proud supporter of their local community effort. If you would like to find out more information about The Carnegie Center, click here: here.
GILDA'S CLUB LOUISVILLE
Gilda’s Club Louisville provides a place where children and adults with cancer (and their families and friends) join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care. We have supported the Gilda’s Club efforts for many years in our community and are proud to make a donation of $1,000 to them this year. If you are interested in being a part of this organization you can find out more information, here.
Maryhurst, Inc. is the oldest behavioral health service organization serving abused & neglected children in Kentucky. Placed in state’s custody due to dependency issues, about 40% of the children at Maryhurst, Inc. have had their parental rights terminated, leaving them orphaned for all practical purposes. Often they are in desperate need of clothing. It is our privilege to help Maryhurst in their efforts by making a donation of $1,000. If you are interested in being a part of this organization you can find out more information, here.
BLANKET LOUISVILLE DONATIONS
Blanket Louisville are nonprofit organizations whose mission is to warm the hearts and bodies of the homeless through the collection and distribution of new and gently used blankets. This is their 13th year servicing the Louisville area. Our goal is to collect 1,000 blankets for this winter. The collection will run through December and January. If you are interested in being a part of this organization you can find out more information, here.
THE HEALING PLACE, INC.
Founded in 1989, The Healing Place, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has created a recovery program for those struggling with addiction. They are open to the public and have become one of the nation’s most effective long-term, social model recovery programs. We are presenting a gift of $3,000 to help them in their efforts. If you would like to find out more about The Healing Place, Inc., click here.
MADISON COUNTY SCHOOLS' FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
The Madison County Schools’ Family Resource Center is school based and grant funded center. They gather existing school and community resources to provide to families in need in hopes to help students succeed academically. This year they partnered with the Madison County Public Library to collect new under garments for school age children. Their goal was to collect 6,000 pairs and we help contribute to that total by donating 751 pairs. If you would like to find out more about The Madison County Schools’ Family Resource Center, click here.
PORTLAND PROMISE CENTER
In honor of our 50th Anniversary we are making a donation of $2,000 to the Portland Promise Center, a development center located in the heart of the Portland neighborhood. They provide families and individuals resources they need to anchor their lives and to build a better future. If you would like to find out more about the Portland Promise Center, click here.
ACTIVE HEROES, INC.
The Active Heroes is an organization designated to creating national and local programs that help to identify the triggering points associated with veteran suicide. For our 50th Anniversary we are making a donation of $2,000 to help their efforts. Funding will go to providing free events, seminars, peer mentors, and resources for veterans. If you would like to find out more about Active Heroes, Inc., click here.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Dare to Care, God’s Outreach, God’s Pantry and Berea Faith Community Outreach are nonprofit organizations united by their mission to end hunger in our communities. We are glad to be helping these outstanding associations by collecting canned goods at our branches. The collection started October 17th and ended on November 18th 2016. We collected 4,100 pounds of food for the Metro Louisville and we are still calucating our donations for the Bluegrass area. Find out more information on each group by selecting their name listed above.
God’s Outreach is an organization that tangibly expresses its love and concern for people in need of food in Madison County by providing provisions monthly. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we will be donating $3,000 to God’s Outreach to provide them with supplies and materials they may need for their efforts. On August 23, 2016, we will present them with a check for their continued efforts. If you would like to find out more information about God’s Outreach, click here.
The Portland Museum has implemented a Young Curators program that allows young artists to gain real world experience and the opportunity to broaden their skill set. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we have donated $1,000 to Portland Museum to provide transportation for the Young Curators program. On July 6th, 2016, we will present the organization with a check for their continued efforts. If you would like to find out about Portland Museum, click here.
On behalf of our 50th Anniversary, we are donating $3,000 to GreenHouse17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community. The organization serves 17 counties in Kentucky including but not limited to Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, and Fayette. They provide services such a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, and transportation assistance just to name a few. If you would like to find out more about GreenHouse17, click here.
KENTUCKIANA REGIONAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) on Aging and Independent Living teams up with Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC). On June 30th, 2016, we presented the organization with a $1,000 check for their continued efforts. On July 16th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. they held a “Fan Fair” to distribute fans at the United Steelworkers Local 1693 headquarters located at 1233 S 10th Street. The fans were available for seniors 60 and older, as well as to individuals with physical disabilities, on first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to find out more about KIPDA, click here.
BACKSIDE LEARNING CENTER
Backside Learning Center (BLC) supports equine workers and their families in the pursuit of their personal and professional dreams. They do this by providing educational opportunities, assistance in navigating and accessing local resources, and by creating community. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we have partnered with BLC to bring nutritional snacks to those who receive services from the center. On May 5th, 2016, we will present the organization with a check for their continued efforts. If you would like to find out information about BLC, click here.
BUILD A BED
Build a Bed is an AmeriCorps-sponsored effort that builds beds for children who otherwise don’t have one. This year they will be building 100 beds for those in the Metro Area. As the celebration of our 50th anniversary continues, we have partnered with AmeriCorps in this effort by providing pillows, sheets, and blankets for the beds. This community service project will take place during the 2016 Mayor’s Give A Day on April 16. If you would like to find out more about AmeriCorps Louisville and the Build A Bed event, click here.
BACKSIDE MINISTRY EASTER EGG HUNT
The Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy is an interdenominational ministry that tends to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the workers on the Backside of Churchill Downs. To help celebrate our 50th anniversary, we have partnered with Backside Ministry to sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt. On March 26th, 2016, we helped supply and distribute Easter eggs for the youth to find. The youth had a great time playing with Parkie in the infield of Churchill Downs. If you would like to find out about Backside Ministry, click here.
Blanket Louisville has made the decision to expand their distribution footprint to now include Central Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, and beyond. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we have partnered with Blanket Louisville to help bring blankets to those in need in Appalachia. On February 19th, 2016, we presented the organization with a check for $5,000. We are so proud to be a Visionary partner. If you would like to find out more about Blanket Louisville, click here.
DOGS HELPING HEROS
Dogs Helping Heroes addresses the increasing demand for trained service dogs. Their objective is to improve the daily lives of injured heroes by assisting disabled first responders and military veterans, as well as Gold Star Families, who would most benefit from a service dog. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we have partnered with Dogs Helping Heroes to sponsor three dogs for three well-deserving heroes who have been waiting to receive a service dog from the organization. On November 11th, 2015, joined the organization in participating in Louisville’s Veterans Day Parade. As we approach the new year, we have successfully helped three veterans in the Metro area receive dogs. If you would like to find more out about Dogs Helping Heroes, click here.
BLANKET LOUISVILLE & BLANKET BLUEGRASS DONATIONS
Blanket Louisville and Blanket Bluegrass are nonprofit organizations whose mission is to warm the hearts and bodies of the homeless through the collection and distribution of new and gently used blankets. This is their 12th year servicing the Louisville area, and we’re glad that we could help them expand their efforts into the Bluegrass Region this year. We are very proud to have collected 2,031 blankets to help support their cause this winter. If you are interested in being a part of this organization you can find out more information, here.
JEFFERSONTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
To help start the school year for the students at the Jeffersontown High School, the community decided to collect donations to help purchase classroom supplies. For our anniversary, we contributed $500 to the collection and contacted the school about hosting financial literacy courses during the school year. We believe that everyone deserves to begin the school year off on the right foot. To find out more about Jeffersontown High School, click here.
THE SOUTHWEST CENTER
As a private non-profit organization, Southwest Center has been creating community based programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1982. For our anniversary, we contributed $500 to their continued effort. These funds will go to services that will strengthen our community by helping those with disabilities live, work and enjoy life. To find out more about the Southwest Center, click here.
We made a contribution of $1,000 to We Day KY, an advocacy agency dedicated to engaging, inspiring, and empowering young people to participate in local and global acts of service, kindness and compassion. They host an annual event in the city of Metro Louisville, where they share service ideas, honor various acts of kindness, and prove to others in the community that together, we can change the world. If you would like to find more information about We Day KY, click here.
CENTRAL KY RIDING FOR HOPE
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope is a non-profit organization providing equine-assisted activities and therapies to participants with special needs. For our anniversary, we contributed $2,000 to the multi-faceted organization. This donation will help serve the community by providing therapies to those in need. To find out more about Central KY Riding for Hope, click here.
THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER
The Children’s Advocacy Center employs specially trained forensic interviewers, operates a full medical clinic to conduct sexual abuse examinations, and offers victim counseling and advocacy support to begin the healing process. CAC also provides education and training to improve community response to child sexual abuse. If you would like to find out more information about The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, click here: here.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a “home away from home” for families in South Central and Eastern Kentucky. Today, they continue to assist families in need by offering and providing transportation. To show our support, we have made a contribution of $3,000 to help them in future endeavors. To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, click here.
LEXINGTON HUMANE SOCIETY
Organized by J. William Sayre, the Lexington Humane Society is the largest pet adoption agency in Central Kentucky. Not only are they a safe shelter for pets, they also educate the community on responsible pet care and the importance of spaying/neutering your pets. To help them in their efforts, we have made a donation of $3,000. To find out more about the Lexington Humane Society, click here.
MARKEY CANCER CENTER
The Markey Cancer Center was founded in 1983 and is a dedicated matrix cancer center established as an integral part of the University of Kentucky and the UK HealthCare enterprise. Markey is the only National Cancer Institute designated center in Kentucky and one of only a handful in the country. On behalf of our anniversary this year, we made a contribution of $4,000 to their continuing efforts. If you would like to find out more about Markey Cancer Center, click here.
WRAPPED IN RED
The Wrapped in Red Gala is the signature event of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter. On behalf of our anniversary this year, we made a contribution of $5,000 to the Louisville Area Chapter. Proceeds from the gala benefit American Red Cross community disaster programs. To date the event has raised nearly $700,000 to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters. If you would like to find out more about Louisville Area Chapter, click here.
ST. MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY PTA
We made a contribution of $6,000 to St. Matthews Elementary PTA, a formal organization composed of parents, teachers and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in a school. We partnered with Class Act Federal Credit Union to help fund the efforts of the St. Matthews Elementary PTA in purchasing a SMART Board for classroom collaboration. If you would like to find more information about St. Matthews Elementary PTA, click here.