It's our favorite time of year! We get to shop for children's coats & hoodies with funds collected through payroll deduction and cash donations. Children that are impacted by child abuse in the Tarrant County area receive these coats during the holiday season through our connection with the Alliance for Children.
TCCU employees generously donated funds for backpacks and school supplies to make “homework packs” for the children who reside in the Columbia Renaissance Square apartments. The apartments are located in an area of revitalization in SE Fort Worth about 4 miles from TCCU’s downtown branches. The children received the backpacks and homework packs at a back-to-school fair hosted by the resident services coordinator of the apartments. TCCU also included a “coupon” in the backpack to waive the $5 initial deposit to encourage them to start a savings account.
Due to staff kindness and generosity through payroll deduction and cash donations, 8 angels from the Angel Tree will have a wonderful Christmas.
Even amid the challenges brought on by COVID-19, our staff stayed true to the commitment of giving back to area youth at Christmas-time. Through cash donations and payroll deduction contributions, 150 coats and sweaters were provided to the Alliance for Children, and a cash donation of $2,750 was sent in support of the Children of the Incarcerated program. Giving back just feels good!
As part of the DE Day of Service, TCCU staff members used money raised from payroll deduction and cash donations to purchase dog food, dog treats, water and plastic bowls. These supplies were put together in packs to be delivered to the unsheltered in our area that have canine companions.
Another important DE Day of Service initiative was sending "You've Got A Friend in Me" face masks to staff of small credit unions in the Fort Worth area. Included was a note letting them know that we are nearby and that we stand ready to help.
In early 2019 we began a two-part "knitting" initiative; staff learned how to knit as a health benefit, and also set a goal of completing enough scarves to donate to the local shelter at the end of the year. 36 completed scarves were delivered to the Presbyterian Night Shelter on 12/11/2019.
Throughout 2019, staff contributed funds via payroll deduction and made cash donations to enable us to adopt a family from the Salvation Army Angel tree.
Through the generosity of both members and staff in 2019, we were able to purchase and deliver 50 coats and over 65 hoodies to the Alliance for Children the second week of December.
This was such a blessing to have all of these coats to make available to our families. We had so many families very grateful to receive clothing as part of Christmas for their children. Shellie McMillon, LMSW
Chief Program Officer, Alliance for Children
Each winter season, TCCU collects and accepts donations to purchase new blankets, socks, and toiletries for local homeless who seek shelter at the Presbyterian Night Shelter. And, as is our custom, we dedicate our December staff meeting to making sandwiches to deliver along with the items we've gathered.
We had a blast at the Empower Seniors event hosted by Commissioner Fickes on the 4th at the CrossCity Church/Campus West.
On the 21st, some TCCU staff and their families along with 4,000 other volunteers assisted in picking up more than 28,000 pounds of Trash along the Trinity River during the Fall Trinity River Trash Bash.
We've been busy these last few months working on a new project for our next outreach event. We're knitting scarves! (Well, we're giving it our best effort!) Some of us have never picked up a knitting needle and some of us are professionals. Watch this space for the big reveal.
On Wednesday, July 3rd, TCCU staff delivered 56 crockpots to veterans residing in Liberty House, a safe haven for veterans transitioning into employment and self-sufficiency. With generous donations from our members and staff, we were able to help fill a hunger-based need in our community. A big THANK YOU to all who contributed to this great cause.
Today marks the 3rd Annual DE Day of Service; a day when Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE’s) give back to the community with an emphasis on a Development Issue (health, housing, hunger, transportation, education, etc). Today, TCCU assembled dry soup mixes that will be distributed to local Veterans, as part of TCCU DE’s initiative to feed those who’ve served our country. The goal is to not only provide Veterans with a meal, but equip them with crockpots and recipes to provide hot meals in the future.
The Parenting Center
The annual BBQ cook off and clay shoot was this past weekend and some TCCU Young Professional’s were on site at the Defender Outdoor Ranch to offer support. “It was great learning about the work that The Parenting Center does” said Meghan. Amy said, “I got to work in the Kid’s Corner where they had a petting zoo. The kids were so excited to see all the farm animals. I’m thankful for the opportunity to see them interact with the animals and have a great time! Their excitement and happiness filled my heart with joy.”
The annual event was a fundraiser for The Parenting Center, but the first time they’d held a sporting clay challenge. The families had the chance to spend some quality time together outside in the beautiful May sunshine while tasting BBQ, listening to live music, enjoying the petting zoo, and supporting the programs that are so critical to The Parenting Center. Raven another TCCU YP said “I was really an amazing afternoon. It was so cool to see the smiles on the kid’s faces and to see everyone having a good time!”
The Parenting Center’s mission is “to provide family members and professionals with the tools, resources and services to build successful families.”
January - March 2019
Presbyterian Night Shelter
TCCU staff members collectively devote their last staff meeting of the year to make peanut butter sandwiches for the Presbyterian Night Shelter, the largest provider of services to the county’s homeless; this shelter houses approximately 700 people each night. TCCU’s proud holiday sandwich making tradition began over 12 years ago. This year TCCU was able to provide over 650 sandwiches – topped off with a peppermint sticks - to those who lean on the Presbyterian Night Shelter for shelter and support. In addition, TCCU members and staff collect toiletry items as well as new blankets during November to be delivered along with the sandwiches.
Alliance for Children Coat Drive
Through member donations, staff payroll deduction, bake sales and raffles, we were able to purchase 80 coats for the Alliance for Children! Old Navy didn't know what to think! (And almost didn't ship our order) Thankful and blessed to be able to give to this great organization who fills the needs of children impacted by abuse in Tarrant County.
TCCU Spreads Christmas Joy to Sam Rosen & Webb Elementary Students
The staff of Tarrant County’s Credit Union eagerly anticipates spreading joy and happiness to the students of these two schools every year. TCCU staff members, along with others in the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions, give back to the local community by hosting Christmas Parties for two elementary schools in Tarrant County; Sam Rosen Elementary School and Webb Elementary School. These schools educate students of families – that according to the Texas Tribune - are 90.4% economically disadvantaged. The Christmas parties are events that the students and faculty look forward to each year during the holidays.
Shelli McCoy's Winning DE Project Entry
"A Year of Service in a Fort Worth Community"
Click the photo collage below to view the complete video entry.
The WARM Place
Provides grief support for children ages 3 1/2 -18 and their families as well as young adults 19-25 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
October 2018 - Day of the Girl
Supporting Girls, Inc in inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold!
September 2018 - Children's Miracle Network
Who doesn't want to wear jeans to work on Mondays? Our team did - for a great cause! For a $5 donation to Children's Miracle Network, TCCU staff members enjoyed their jeans on Monday, September 10th.
August 2018 - Tarrant Area Food Bank
TCCU staff members participated in TAFB's "Brown Bag" event on 8/3; the "Brown Bag" challenge encouraged donations to the food bank in lieu of eating out that day. We're proud to say that $124 was collected and donated to the cause.
June 2018 - United Way Fundraiser
On June 22, TCCU partnered with Commissioner Fickes (Precinct 3) on his United Way luau-themed fundraiser. A great time was had by all!
June 2018 - The Taste Project
TCCU Development Educator (DE) staff participated in an event at the Taste Project, a friendly, pay-what-you-can community restaurant, located on South Main Street, in Fort Worth. Staff prepped, cooked and served meals as part of their commitment to giving back.
April 2018 - TRWD Community Clean Up
Tarrant County's Credit Union participated in TRWD Eagle Mountain Community Clean Up.
April 2018 - TRWD Health Safety Fair
Tarrant County's Credit Union participated in the 10th Annual Marine Creek Health & Safety Fair sponsored by the YMCA, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department, and TRWD - Tarrant Regional Water District.
February 2018 - The Big Give ~ Carter Blood Care
February 2018 - Renaissance Heights Neighborhood Initiative
What began in 2015 as a vision - is now coming to fruition. Check out the video!
January 2018- TCCU Donates Canned Goods to Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB)
Tarrant County’s Credit Union and Fort Worth City Credit Union teamed up to donate canned goods to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, on January 8, 2018.
TCCU partnered with Fort Worth City Credit Union to hold a canned food drive from October 1st-December 29th, 2017. TCCU hosts an annual canned food drive for the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) and often invites other local credit unions to participate. TAFB is the primary source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties.