Marine Credit Union Foundation awards $20K to local groups

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin – Six nonprofits in the Quad Cities were honored Dec. 8 at the inaugural Community Investment Mini Grant Program Awards Ceremony of the Marine Credit Union (MCU) Foundation held at The J Bar in Davenport.

As part of its commitment to the Quad Cities, the MCU Foundation invited local nonprofits and organizations this fall to apply for an additional $20,000 through the newly launched community grant program. Its goal is to support projects aligned with the Foundation’s mission: “To make a positive impact in the communities served by Marine Credit Union through charitable giving and increasing financial literacy.”

Representatives from the nonprofits, Marine Credit Union and the MCU Foundation were in attendance as the grant recipients were honored for their work to make a positive impact in the Quad Cities. In all, $20,000 was awarded.

Award winners from across the Quad Cities were:

  • Rescued Inc. is a resale shop that offers financial assistance to those needing help with emergency vet bills, who would otherwise not be able to afford the care.
  • Family Resources, Inc. serves the community through many programs, including Foster Group Care, Mental Health Care Services and Survivor Services, to name a few.
  • Grow Ministries helps those experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, exploitation, and sex trafficking. It offers various programs including a safe house, a jail ministry and a resource center offering free household items.
  • Dress for Success serves women in the QC area by providing job search and career development services, as well as professional attire for interviews.
  • HAVlife Foundation serves at-risk youth by providing funding to participate in activities focused on the arts, music, and athletics, that would otherwise not be available to them.
  • River Bend Food Bank works with more than 400 hunger-relief partners in eastern Iowa and western Illinois to make sure people facing hunger have reliable access to healthy food.

Since 2014, the MCU Foundation has given more than $1.4 million to more than 1,300 charitable causes and in the areas where Marine Credit Union serves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. Marine employees have donated more than $600,000, and Marine members have donated more than $300,000. Four in five Marine employees contribute to the MCU Foundation through an automatic payroll deduction. The credit union also offers an employee matching program – for every dollar an individual donates, Marine donates two.

The Marine Credit Union has a branch at 709 E. 46th St., Davenport.

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