President's Corner

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Giving Back is Part of Who We Are 

July 2017

If you’ve visited Reliant’s Facebook page or you follow the credit union on Facebook, you may have noticed that we post quite frequently about events we’re supporting or are involved in.

Though you may see these posts, it occurred to me that our members might want to know more about why we support community organizations and events.

Did you know that it’s part of our core philosophy, to help our community? Reliant, like other credit unions, is guided by a philosophy of “people helping people,” which permeates everything we do. One major way we help people is by supporting dozens and dozens of organizations and events throughout the year in the communities we serve.

Here are just a few ways we give back:

  • We sponsor events in our communities.
  • We donate money and/or items to charitable organizations and events.
  • We send our staff to help out at, participate in, or volunteer on committees for fundraising events.
  • We award scholarship funds to deserving students in our communities.

One of the big things that sets us apart is that we like to get involved with the organizations to which we’re contributing. We encourage our staff to participate on planning committees and volunteer their time in the community—and they do so wholeheartedly! Our staff members donate thousands of hours of their time each year volunteering for and supporting causes that are dear to them.

I also think it’s important to highlight our scholarship program, which honors our founder, Donald K. Rhine—especially to note what makes this particular scholarship special. Through this program, since its inception in 1998, we’ve given $159,500 to deserving members who exemplify the credit union’s “people helping people” philosophy. Community service is a key component to our application, and each year, I am amazed and humbled when I read about the selfless work done and I see the total number of volunteer hours performed by those students chosen to receive the scholarship. Because our scholarship is open to high school and college students, we also often have repeat recipients—their volunteerism doesn’t stop once they’ve graduated from high school or received scholarships and accolades!

As I say in the title of this article, giving back is who we are. I am honored to work for an organization that cares so much about the communities we serve, and grateful for the opportunity to witness our giving back and volunteerism on a daily basis.

As always, thank you for your membership, and for letting us be a part of your community!

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