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Social responsibly is one of the seven cooperative principles of credit unions. Much more than enhancing your life, it is not only important but necessary to support the communities in which we serve. Commitment to social responsibility ripples outward to positively impact our state, our country and our world.
Financial Wellness Learning Series: The Financial Wellness Learning Series is a free monthly program of learning opportunities for our members and our communities. The Member Financial Wellness Program empowers consumers with education and information for every financial stage of their lives. Over 2,000 people have attended in-person retirement planning seminars, taken part in monthly financial literacy webinars , which can be accessed any time from our website. For information on other educational resources, click here.
North Carolina Council for Economic Education: The North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) believes economic education empowers students by helping them develop skills and knowledge they will use all their lives and helping them understand their role in the economy. NCCEE enhances and advances economic and financial education for K-12 educators and students of North Carolina. Piedmont Advantage supports the NCCEE through direct contributions as well as volunteer support at many levels. Piedmont Advantage supports the NCCEE through direct contributions as well as volunteer support at many levels. CEO and President Judy R. Tharp serves on the Executive Committee for NCCEE and takes an active role in leadership and community engagement. James Grenon, our Member Financial Wellness Program Manager, volunteers his time to judge the NCCEE Economic Challenge for high school students in Charlotte. We partner with NCCEE during Money Smart Week, in the spring of each year, to offer a basic budgeting webinar.
Members Come First College Scholarships: The Members Come First Scholarship Program was created to further invest in the future of our members in the communities they call home. Piedmont Advantage annually awards five high school seniors who are a part of the credit union membership with a $1,000 college scholarship.
Carolinas Credit Union Foundation's Victory Junction REACH Project: For many years, Piedmont Advantage has been a strong supporter of the Victory Junction camp and Victory Junction REACH Project, which provides a summer camp experience for children who are too ill to travel. Our staff has made this program their own, through fundraising, volunteer support, along with member and community engagement. We're overjoyed to play a role in providing children with an experience that provides them with laughter and happy memories, and allow them to forget about being sick if just for an hour.
United Way of North Carolina - Charlotte, Triad, Wilmington: Our staff supports United Way of Charlotte, Triad and Wilmington. This money supports the important work of United Way in each of the communities we serve. Our Charlotte Airport branch staff is a strong supporter of the Charlotte Airport Dash Airplane Pull. This annual event raises thousands of dollars for the United Way in Charlotte.
Ronald McDonald Houses in North Carolina: Ronald McDonald Houses serve families of children being treated for serious illness or injuries. Members of the Piedmont Advantage staff volunteer regularly in after-work visits with families staying at the house, and help prepare meals and snacks.
ACE Academy: Honoring our aviation heritage, we support the ACE Academy, a local aviation camp held at Smith-Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem. The Academy offers separate week-long camps for middle and high school students. Camp participants spend the week learning about aviation careers and working with a flight simulator. One day each week, students come to Piedmont Advantage for lunch and to learn about financial wellness through interactive activities. The kids also have the opportunity to open an account so they can achieve the savings goals they set for themselves.
Tools for School Campaign: Piedmont Advantage's Wilmington branch is a donation site for the New Hanover and Pender counties' public schools' Tools for School Campaign. School supplies are collected and provided to counselors and social workers in each of the counties to distribute the "tools" to students in need, throughout the year.