WFCU Credit Union was recognized by OCUF with the Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award at the recent Annual General Meeting. This award is only given to one organization each year and the quality of those nominated was again very high.

The Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award is given to a credit union in recognition of their community, charitable and philanthropic contributions considered to be above average or beyond normal expectations.

Director Deanna Basso commented “It is always a difficult decision for the Board in this selection because there has never been a nomination for this award that was not very worthy of recognition. Unfortunately, there is only one winner each year.”

Over the past 5 years their Community Investment Program has invested over $5 million back into the community. In 2012 this Credit Union increased presence in the community with a generous $500,000 donation to the University of Windsor’s state-of-the-art Learning Centre. In 2014, $25,000 was presented to 20 local organizations through their Community Donation Fund. Since its inception, the Donation Fund has provided total funding of over $358,000. In 2014, the ‘200 Ways of Giving’ initiative was developed to enhance the overall Joy of Giving Program and further engage their staff and the community in giving back. The ‘200 Ways of Giving’ is a new community investment initiative launched through the WFCU Credit Union’s yearly ‘Joy of Giving’ program.

Through the ‘200 Ways of Giving’ initiative, this credit union provided staff with $10,000, which staff donated to over 70 organizations across Windsor-Essex County within a one-week period (December 1-7, 2014). Employees were each given $50 and a card explaining the purpose of the initiative. Staff were given the opportunity to decide how to spend the $50 to do something impactful for a community group for the holidays on behalf of their Credit Union. A donation could be made, gift purchased, etc. The choice was theirs to make. Social media was used to share the message to the masses.

This credit union continues to stand by its mission statement of providing services and a full range of highest quality financial products to make our community the best place to live and work.

On hand to accept the award was Board Chair Marty Gillis, who shared some examples of Windsor Family Credit Union’s commitment to the Windsor Essex Community.