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Utilities Employees Credit Union Celebrates 25 Years of Giving and Donates $37,445 to the United Way of Berks County.

Wyomissing, PA, December 14, 2021 ‒  2021 marked the 25th consecutive year that Utilities Employees Credit Union (UECU) has donated to the United Way, supporting the non-profit’s mission, “United Way of Berks County improves lives by inspiring collaboration, volunteerism, and financial support to build a stronger community.”

The Credit Union’s $37,445 donation will fund United Way initiatives that support individuals and families across the county. Donation dollars will help cover costs for support services for families transitioning out of homelessness, individuals participating in a workforce development program, homebound residents in need of fresh fruit and produce, and families in need of food pantry services. The donation will also help subsidize counseling services for individuals battling depression and anxiety, assist with providing developmental screenings for early intervention and parent education, and provide a night of safe, secure emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence.

UECU and its employees live by the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” Bret Krevolin, President/CEO, shared, “Our employees have given generously and volunteered many hours to give back to the communities we serve. With so many folks falling on hard times these past couple of years, we felt it was more important than ever to support the United Way’s programs that focus on education, financial stability, health, and safety net services. For United Way’s Day of Caring, a group of our employees also volunteered at New Journey Community Outreach in Reading to prepare lunches, package food, and organize the food pantry and clothing donation center.”

The Credit Union makes an annual corporate donation to the United Way and encourages employees to donate a percentage of their pay. Employees who make a donation equal to one day of pay can take advantage of the Give-a-day, Get-a-day incentive and get a certificate for 8 hours of vacation time. The Credit Union also offers a Fair Share reward for employees who donate $5 per week/$260 a year – they get entered into a drawing to win an extra day off. Kaitlin Keck, Business Development Specialist and UECU United Way Committee Chair, shared, “We host a variety of employee fundraising events throughout the year to keep the spirit of giving alive all year long. In 2021, we did food and baked goods sales, a mystery raffle, and a holiday craft auction. The proceeds from these events contribute towards our annual fundraising goal.”

Michael Malone, VP of Lending and UECU United Way Executive Chair, shared, “Our employees give more and more each year, and it is because of their unwavering support that we exceeded our annual fundraising goal.”  

It is not too late to make a donation or volunteer. The United Way of Berks County Volunteer Center has published a helpful holiday guide with volunteer and community involvement opportunities online at uwberks.org. You can participate as an individual or in a group with your friends, family, and co-workers.

About United Way of Berks County

United Way of Berks County invests in 80+ community programs centered on education, financial stability, health and safety net services, helping more than 150,000 Berks Countians each year. The organization raises and distributes funds to support a broad range of programs, initiatives and grants to tackle Berks County’s key issues, to improve lives and to create lasting change.

About Utilities Employees Credit Union

UECU, a not-for-profit financial cooperative, has been helping members and their families reach their life-long financial goals for over 85 years. Located in Wyomissing, PA, the Credit Union serves its 47,000 members nationwide with convenient online and mobile banking services. Without shareholders or branches to maintain, UECU pays members back with no to low fees, cashback rewards, savings rates consistently higher than the national average, BaZing checking benefits, and affordable rates on loans, credit cards, and mortgages. Lifetime membership benefits include financial education, access to financial and retirement planning services, insurance services, and more. Credit union membership is open to Utility and Energy employees and families nationwide, as well as Pennsylvania residents.

UECU is among the six percent of US credit unions to receive the Best of Bauer Status for having earned BauerFinancial’s 5-Star Rating for financial strength for over 30 years! UECU has also been ranked as one of the top 200 healthiest credit unions in the US by DepositAccounts.com. To learn more about UECU’s exclusive member benefits, visit https://uecu.org/ or call 800.288.6423.

For further information: Contact Erica Gates, Senior Marketing Communications Specialist, 800.288.6423, egates@uecu.org.