Exceeding expectations is a foundation the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU) was built on.
To say the NLCU did that and more this past year would be an understatement, as its employees set out to complete 60 acts of kindness that would benefit a variety of organizations in each of the communities the NLCU is located.
In fact, the provincewide initiative completed 64 acts of kindness and supported a long list of organizations, individual families and those in need across the province.
“It’s moving to see how many people have been positively affected by NLCU’s acts of kindness,” NLCU CEO Allison Chaytor-Loveys said.
“The organizations we’ve assisted provide service and support to thousands of individuals, families, even animals. Our employees showed the same care and dedication in these acts as they demonstrate daily when providing service to our members. It’s truly an honour to work alongside such community-minded people.”
The initiative challenged employee teams across the province to complete 60 acts of kindness in their communities from March 2, 2017 through to the same date in 2018 as part of the NLCU’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
One of the NLCU’s core values is a commitment to communities where employees live and work. Launching the 60 Acts of Kindness initiative as part of the credit union’s anniversary celebration was a fitting affirmation of NLCU’s commitment to the people of this province, Chaytor-Loveys said.
“When we first conceived 60 Acts of Kindness, the intent was to continue the initiative for one year,” she said.
“However, the initiative has been such an incredible experience for our employees and communities, we’ve decided to continue acts of kindness moving forward. For our 61st year, I have no doubt our team will complete 61 acts of kindness,” she added.
The NLCU supports local community initiatives and organizations, many of which have helped sustain or improve important services and programs in communities. The credit union encourages employees to volunteer, which includes enabling employees to volunteer during work hours.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union is a full-service financial institution, with over half a billion dollars in assets, and 12 locations provincewide. The NLCU is dedicated to providing the most effective financial services and wise financial guidance to empower its members to make the best financial decisions.
Acts of kindness
NLCU employees have successfully carried out 64 acts of kindness that supported 29 organizations, several individual families and people in need across the province.
The list of beneficiaries is as follows:
1. Donated to Project Overseas, supporting students and teachers in developing countries with school supplies.
2. Donated to Memorial University food bank.
3. Donated to MUN food bank.
4. Donated desserts to Society St. Vincent De Paul community luncheon in Grand Falls-Windsor.
5. Cooked and served meals at Society St. Vincent De Paul community luncheon in Grand Falls-Windsor.
6. Donated art supplies to Janeway Children’s Hospital playroom.
7. Donated to Red Cross charitable barbecue in Corner Brook.
8. Cooked barbecue lunch for Special Needs Support Group in Labrador City.
9. Donated lightly used blankets to homeless shelter in Corner Brook.
10. Cleaned up Faith’s Haven Animal Shelter in Labrador City.
11. Volunteered at Slay the Gander Dragon Boating.
12. Donated to Community Food Sharing Association.
13. Donated to St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank in Carbonear.
14. Donated to St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank in Carbonear.
15. Donated to St. Peter’s Parish Food Bank.
16. Donated to C.B.S. food bank.
17. Donated to the Salvation Army’s Clarenville food bank.
18. Donated to the Salvation Army’s Clarenville food bank.
19. Donated to Bridges to Hope food bank.
20. Donated to Stephenville food bank.
21. Gave money-skills presentation to students at St. Francis.
22. Volunteered at Prostate Cancer Motorcycle Ride for Dad event in Gander.
23. Volunteered on a building project for Habitat for Humanity.
24. Fed parking meters in Grand Falls-Windsor one afternoon.
25. Volunteered for Mount Pearl’s 45-minute makeover, cleaning up trash in the community.
26. Cooked a meal for Ronald McDonald House.
27. Cooked a meal for Ronald McDonald House.
28. Cooked a meal for Ronald McDonald House.
29. Cooked a meal for Ronald McDonald House.
30. Cooked a meal for Ronald McDonald House.
31. Donated to SPCA Mount Pearl.
32. Donated to SPCA Thrift Store in Clarenville.
33. Donated to SPCA Thrift Store in Clarenville.
34. Donated to SPCA Stephenville.
35. Donated to SPCA Stephenville.
36. Donated to SPCA Gander.
37. Donated treats and cleaning supplies to Faith’s Haven Animal Shelter in Labrador City.
38. Donated coffee and donuts to C.B.S. fire station.
39. Donated coffee and donuts to local St. John’s fire station.
40. Completed income tax processing for Status of Women Council in Grand Falls-Windsor.
41. Sponsored a St. John’s area family at Christmas.
42. Sponsored a Stephenville area family at Christmas.
43. Sponsored a Gander area family at Christmas through Salvation Army program.
44. Donated food and funds to a Clarenville area family at Christmas.
45. Donated Christmas gifts to C.B.S. members in need.
46. Donated gifts and food to “Sponsor a Mom for Christmas” program in Labrador City.
47. Donated hats, mitts and scarves to the homeless in St. John’s.
48. Donated clothing and hygiene supplies to The Gathering Place.
49. Donated to The Gathering Place.
50. Donated clothes to The Gathering Place.
51. Donated clothing and hygiene supplies to Iris Kirby House.
52. Donated clothes to Canadian Diabetes Association in Clarenville.
53. Donated clothing to shelters in St. John’s.
54. Donated a framed photo for a Stephenville member who’d lost their daughter.
55. Donated coffee to emergency room nurses at Sir Thomas Roddick Medical Facility.
56. Donated Tim Cards to Bridges to Hope.
57. Donated to Single Parent Association.
58. Donated book bags and school supplies to Single Parent Association.
59. Donated electronics to the Salvation Army.
60. Completed IT project for Sisters of Mercy in St. John’s.
61. Donated funds to Choices for Youth.
62. Donated several turkeys to “Need Something, Got Something” Facebook group that crowd-sourced items at Christmas.
63. Donated used eyeglasses to Cowan’s Optical recycling program for hurricane-ravaged areas.
64. Donated items to Princess and the Purse initiative for low-income women.
*Note: Some donations are repeated to count the number of times a donation was given to a particular organization.