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CU Forward Day: Columbus Day - Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

CU Forward Day, formerly Plus It Forward, is a statewide day of Minnesota’s credit unions spreading kindness in the communities they serve. The day is held annually on Columbus Day, a federal holiday on the second Monday of October.

During the 2017 CU Forward Day, 37 Minnesota credit unions and partners dedicated 12,224 volunteer hours in 80 Minnesota communities, with an estimated impact on more than 33,574 people. See an infographic on the impact and participants.

All Minnesota credit unions are invited to participate in CU Forward Day by selecting a giveback opportunity that means the most to their staff and community.

In the past, credit union staff have spent the day delivery gift baskets to local law enforcement, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, hosting a community shred day, volunteering for park cleanup,  helping at a local food shelf, and much more. See below for additional ideas.

 

MnCUN has contacted the designated project coordinator for 2017 CU Forward Day participants. If your credit union did not participate in 2017, and would like more information, or to designate a project coordinator, please contact MnCUN Director of Engagement Ben Hering by email or by phone at 651-288-5519.

 


 Cooperative volunteer opportunities

 

Second Harvest Heartland | Participants will be packing food for distribution to food shelfs and into peoples’ homes.  Participation in this event is first come, first serve so please email Ben Hering to reserve volunteer spots. Registration for this event ends on Friday, September 14.

 

United Way | There are currently 13 opportunities that our partners at United Way have put together. Participation in these events are first come, first serve as well – please email Cayleigh Kuntz, Coordinator, Volunteer United at Greater Twin Cities United Way, to confirm your spot. 

 


ACTS OF KINDNESS IDEAS

Whether you have a large group or one individual, finding a volunteer opportunity can be daunting. The Minnesota Credit Union Network has put together the following examples for credit unions of all sizes to find a way to may in impact during CU Forward Day.
 
 
Large Group Activities & Volunteerism
 
Join the Network and other credit unions at Second Harvest Heartland
Volunteer for one of the opportunities put together by United Way, a CU Forward Day partner
Reach out to a local nonprofit to see what opportunities are available. 
Conduct a food or book drive in partnership with a local organization
Host a blood drive or offer flu shots/flu prevention packets
Clean up a local city park
Put on an event at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or shelters
Provide employees with pay-it-forward items or gifts to give out to members of the community.  
 
Small Group & Individual Acts of Kindness
 
Bring “thank you” basket, cards, flowers, and/or treats to local organizations 
Visit a nursing or assisted living home
Volunteer at a food kitchen 
Donate your time or money to a cause you’re passionate about
Read to kids at a local school
Purchase a meal for a stranger or person in need 
 
In-branch Acts of Kindness
 
Host a special shred day for members
Offer snacks and/or refreshments special for the day
Host a food, book or blood drive during business hours
Prepare “thank you” items during breaks and deliver to organization(s) over lunch
Create a donation fund for a member cause
Make “thank you” cards to give to members who visit the branch
Provide members with a blank, postage paid envelope and notecard to send to a loved one

 

 

Media Outreach

All credit unions can begin discussing CU Forward Day on social media at any time using #cuforwardday

 

** a sample press release and images will be made
available once participation numbers are compiled
from the pre-event survey due Friday, Sept. 14.

 

 

 RESOURCES


In 2013, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union hosted their first organization-wide Plus It Forward Day.

Initially focused on Affinity Plus’ employees dedicating eight hours to volunteerism, the event has grown substantially – the 2016 Plus It Forward event included 25 participating credit unions resulting in more than 1,200 employees and members dedicating over 7,300 total volunteer hours to scatter kindness in their communities.

In a response to the growing cooperative nature of the event, the Minnesota Credit Union Network will now coordinate credit union participation, tracking and media efforts going forward under the umbrella name CU Forward Day.


Questions? MnCUN Director of Engagement 
Ben Hering by email or by phone at 651-288-5519.

Minnesota Credit Union Network
555 Wabasha Street N, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034