Each year, EECU utilizes its branches to collect non-perishable food items to help families in need during the holiday season. This year, we continue that tradition.

 

 

Now through December 15, stop by any EECU branch to donate food items benefiting Tarrant Area Food Bank as well as one of EECU’s adopted schools. The annual food drive is part of EECU’s long-standing commitment to the communities it serves as well as the financial stability of individuals and families in Tarrant County and its surrounding areas.

Last year, EECU was able to provide 818 pounds of donated food as a result of the food drive, and this year, we hope to bring in even more! So stop by any of EECU’s 13 branches today with food items and help us keep families happy and fed this holiday season.

In honor of International Credit Union day which comes around every October, EECU partnered with Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail this past Wednesday to swarm Fort Worth ISD’s De Zavala Elementary School with a day of financial education.

If you’re not familiar with Junior Achievement, this nationwide program aims to equip students with knowledge to be professionally and financially successful after they leave school through programs and activities that bring money and business to life. Although the Junior Achievement program is normally spread out through several weeks, EECU opted to make a day of it with a special “JA in a Day” format.

EECU volunteers were able to spend the whole school day with De Zavala students to teach them about our city, how businesses work and how to make smart decisions with their money using hands-on activities to make these subjects fun.

When it comes to banking, residents of Fort Worth and surrounding areas don’t lack choices. But when the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth’s largest daily newspaper, asked its readers where they prefer to keep their money in its annual Readers’ Choice poll, local credit union EECU took home the title of Best Local Bank/Financial Institution/Credit Union.

The Star-Telegram Readers’ Choice poll offers locals the opportunity to pick the best places in town for entertainment, food, sports, shopping and anything else there is to do in the area. Readers choose from any businesses operating in Fort Worth, including national and international chains and franchises. So with dozens options to choose from within the category, the competition is stiff.

“We’re proud to know that the Fort Worth community has made us its go-to place for financial services,” said Lonnie Nicholson, president and CEO of EECU. “We tailor our solutions to our members’ specific needs in order to serve our community in the best way we can, and it’s clear that this commitment truly makes a difference when the time comes for someone to choose where they take their business.”

This is not the first year EECU has received this honor, having taken the title multiple times in past years. The 77-year-old credit union has a strong history of membership within its communities, and was even cited for its strong growth by the Fort Worth Business Press earlier this year. Now that the readers have made their choice, the credit union looks forward to serving Fort Worth in the coming year with the same commitment to meeting needs.

In the past weeks, Fort Worth Animal Care and Control has been challenged with an overwhelming intake of animals, and without the space or supplies to accommodate them, many animals have been placed on the euthanasia list. So in order to help alleviate this dilemma, EECU is preparing its headquarters branch for the shelter to offer half-priced, on-site adoptions June 15.

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EECU CEO Lonnie Nicholson congratulates essay contest winner

The contest challenged local students to consider their future roles in the community, and EECU’s participation is a reflection of its commitment to the academic success of Fort Worth’s students and its investment in the strength of the community. In support of the program, EECU contributed the tax, title and licensing fees so that the winning student would have no out-of-pocket costs. Continue reading

EECU honored Mariela Garcia with a $1,000 education scholarship for her accomplishments through the Latinas In Progress Program of the local Fort Worth chapter of Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.

Ms. Garcia has big aspirations following her graduation from Trimble Tech High School this May to follow her passion for the environment. She will be the first one in her family to attend a four-year university or college. Ms. Garcia accepted an offer to attend Cornell University beginning this fall where she plans to major in environmental studies and one day become a scientific researcher.

The Hispanic Women’s Network works with community partners like EECU to distribute scholarships to young Latinas who have successfully completed the Latinas in Progress Educational Series. The series consists of five learning sessions, volunteer opportunities and a Hermanitas mentorship program. These sessions provide enriching learning experiences and encouragement by providing access to opportunities, information, financial resources and exposure to universities and other post-secondary institutions.

“We are honored to help empower young Latinas through this program and assisting them as they obtain a higher education degree,” says EECU Northside Branch Relationship Manager Sonia Trevino.

Fort Worth Credit Unions and Credit Unions For Kids raised over $102,000 for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. This was a record year in fundraising for credit unions making them the third largest corporate donor in the Fort Worth market. CMN presented an award hand-painted by a Cook Children’s patient during a recent credit union dinner to commemorate the incredible year.

Natalie Houghton, Children’s Miracle Network Coordinator; Scott Ward, Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions Board President; and Natalie Parish, EECU Business Development Manager

Twelve deserving students were recently recognized as a “Scholar of the Month” in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. The prestigious award program, originated in 2010 by the district’s Education Foundation, recognizes and applauds academic excellence for students in grades 6-11.

Students voluntarily submit an essay that answers the question, “Why I Should Be Scholar of the Month.” Entrants are evaluated on their essay, extra-curricular activities and volunteerism. A different middle school or high school is highlighted each month throughout the school year.

Congratulations to all the winners; each received a $50 Savings Bond, sponsored by EECU Community Credit Union and Crestview Printing, a $25 Wal-Mart gift card and a certificate of achievement from Senator Jane Nelson’s office.

Click here to view a list of the winners.

Kevin Spikes, EECU Saginaw Branch Relationship Manager; Emily Harrell, Scholar of the Month; and Representative Chandler Cochran, Senator Jane Nelson’s Office

On behalf of EECU, I would like to say thank you to our members and to our EECU staff for all that was done to make our “Collaborating Against Hunger” Food Drive a tremendous success. Because of your efforts, we were able to donate 818 pounds of food to the Tarrant Area Food Bank just in time for Thanksgiving.

Together we made a difference. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Lonnie Nicholson, President / CEO

(left to right) Business Development Manager Natalie Parish, Chief Information Officer John Bock, Texas Business Lenders Group President Robert Campbell, Fort Worth Branch Relationship Manager Vija Moncure, President/CEO Lonnie Nicholson and Chief Commerce Officer Cindy Baker

Mound Elementary School in Burleson ISD is the oldest school in the district and was built in 1962. It is a school that is overflowing with school spirit and team work. EECU’s Burleson branch has worked with Mound Elementary for more than ten years as a community–business partner.

Each school year EECU representatives and the Mound Leadership Team meet to design a plan for the best allocation of sponsorship dollars from EECU. After the 2010-2011 meeting last fall it was clear that the school needed assistance with reaching students struggling in science. The sponsorship funds were allocated for the purchase of new equipment and materials for the science lab, where science comes to life.

After a year of hard work and dedication by Mound Elementary School teachers and staff, Principal Rexanne Higgins was elated to announce that TAKS scores in science increased from 80% passing to 85% passing. The elevation in scores also helped Mound Elementary gain the Recognized Campus rating by the Texas Education Agency.

“We are so proud of the students, families, teachers and staff members at Mound Elementary! EECU is honored to play a very small part in the academic success of these kids. We look forward to another school year of partnering with a great group of people dedicated to learning,” says EECU Burleson Branch Manager Laurie Montgomery.

“We are very appreciative to EECU for donating funds that we were able to utilize in purchasing science lab materials which resulted in an increase in student achievement on state science assessment!” says Mound Principal Rexanne Higgins.