Over a decade ago, as a way to formalize and emphasize our commitment to community service and helpful causes, Alliant officially started a Civic Affairs Program. Since its inception, this program has “given back” to numerous charities and communities via highly successful initiatives developed and coordinated by Alliant’s Civic Affairs Committee. Through this program, the committee and hundreds of generous, civic minded Alliant employees have offered their time, talents and donations to many worthy causes. Civic Affairs activities include:
Each year Civic Affairs organizes various programs and events such as:
Super Bowl Chili Day
Alliant employees donate for a chili & hot dog lunch, raffle tickets and more to raise money for Bears Care, a Chicago Bears charity. There’s even a Chili Cook-off. Alliant Credit Union Foundation also donates to Super Bowl Chili Day and several other Civic Affairs initiatives each year.
Alliant Super Bowl Chili Day coordinator Sherry Allen (center) presents an oversized check representing the Bears Care donation from the credit union’s employees and Foundation. Also pictured left to right: Alliant Civic Affairs Committee members Jill Okolita and Janet Meinheit, Bears Care Director Marge Hamm and Alliant Sr. VP Tim Wartman.
Food and Clothing Collections
Civic Affairs arranges Alliant employee charity drives to benefit people in need. These include the annual “Spring Fling” Clothing Drive for Goodwill, the “Stuff for the Poor” Shoe Drive and the Holiday Food Drive to assist a Chicago area food pantry. Literally thousands of items are donated by Alliant employees each year.
Employee Volleyball Tournament
Since 2006, the annual Employee Volleyball Tournament has been held. This event benefits a different charity each year. Thousands of dollars are raised annually, primarily through employee donations. Tournament beneficiaries have included: Hadley School for the Blind, Special Olympics of Illinois, Red Cross, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society and more.
Since 2005, Alliant employee volunteers have taught financial literacy classes to students in Chicago area public schools. This community service includes regular course schedules at two middle schools in Des Plaines, IL. Alliant teachers use a curriculum developed by an organization called Operation HOPE, which helps people succeed through financial knowledge, sound money management and economic empowerment. Over the last nine years, virtually every student attending these middle schools has taken Alliant’s financial literacy classes (an estimated 4,000 students in all).
Alliant’s Member Scholarship Program
This program annually awards five, $2,000 scholarships to Alliant member students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program at a college, university or vocational/technical institution. Entry requirements include a statement of goals and an essay on “What Belonging to Alliant Credit Union Means to Me”?
Alliant’s National Education Program
Each year, Alliant awards over $5,000 in computer gift certificates to students who are Alliant members. In all, 9 gift certificates are given to students in three age groups. Entrants use any media they desire to describe what they want to be when they grow up, and how a computer could enrich their education.
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