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SPIRE and Family Pathways Partner on Backpack Initiative

Friday, October 4, 2019  
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SPIRE Credit Union -- Falcon Heighnts, Minn. (Oct. 4, 2019) -- SPIRE Credit Union partnered with Family Pathways to collect and fill backpacks with school supplies for more than 150 children beginning the 2019-2020 school year.


SPIRE employees and members at all 19 branches generously donated and collected backpacks, while Family Pathways gathered supply donations.  The packs were then brought to a service project coordinated by SPIRE and Family Pathways where SPIRE’s Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, and leadership team filled them with supplies.  


"SPIRE’s Core Action is giving back,” says Dan Stoltz, President and CEO of SPIRE, “With this initiative, we were able to combine forces within our organization; members, employees, leadership, and volunteers; toward a united goal.  It is rewarding and humbling to work with an organization like Family Pathways who is so deeply committed to the needs of their communities.”

“We are beyond grateful for SPIRE’s generosity,” remarked Lisa Mears, Family Pathways’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), “They have been, and continue to be, a strong partner for our mission of standing by the side of our neighbors.”


The filled backpacks were made available free of charge at all Family Pathways Food Shelf locations. 


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About SPIRE Credit Union: A full-service financial institution, proudly serving Minnesota and Wisconsin residents since 1934. SPIRE is committed to providing smart products, great rates and excellent service with a goal to improve the financial lives for both personal and business members. SPIRE has 19 branches throughout Minnesota.  To learn more about SPIRE, please visit


About Family Pathways:  For forty years, Family Pathways has worked alongside people to enhance lives through a continuum of essential needs services – and together with community – champion positive social change. Through food programs, domestic abuse shelter and services, career readiness programs, housing stability supports and more – they respond to the needs of the communities they serve in the City of Forest Lake, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine and Carlton Counties in Minnesota, and Polk County in Wisconsin.


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