Credit union people – Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs or DEs) to be specific – in and around Madison, Wisconsin are participating in a variety of volunteer outings that focus around the issue of hunger in 2017. Previously, we’ve focused on a few of the international development issues. Specifically education, health, housing and hunger.
In 2016, DEs were surveyed and hunger and working in food pantries and food banks were the most desired opportunities to volunteer, as well as working directly with people. Also, preparing food for people at Gilda’s Club and Ronald McDonald House has been a very popular opportunity. Hunger (or “food insecurity”) is a big issue in Madison – see here and here for example – so it’s a good fit for our volunteer group.
The volunteer events take place about every month or so for a few hours with at least 5-15 local DEs participating at each event. Together, we can make a difference.
Click the following for our volunteer activity highlights:
- Savory Sunday on 8/27/17
- MUNCH via The River Food Pantry on 7/26/17
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on 6/12/17
- Goodman Community Center on 5/4/17
- The River Food Pantry on 4/19/17
- Second Harvest Foodbank on 3/23/17
- Gilda’s Club on 2/21/17
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on 1/19/17
- Empty Stocking Club on 12/13/16
- Box of Balloons on 11/23/16
- The River Food Pantry on 9/8/16
- Middleton Outreach Ministry on 8/18/16
- Community Action Coalition (CAC) on 7/21/16
- Habitat for Humanity on 6/14/16
- MTILP, Inc on 5/27/16
- “Reality Rocks” Financial Education Event on 4/20/16
- Box of Balloons on 3/17/16
- Middleton Outreach Ministry on 2/16/16
- Ronald McDonald House on 1/14/16
- Junior Achievement in December
- Empty Stocking Club on 12/15/15
- Gilda’s Club on 10/7/15
- Second Harvest Foodbank on 9/2/15
- MTILP, Inc on 7/23/15
- St. Vincent de Paul on 6/11/15
- Junior Achievement on 4/17/15
- Porchlight on 3/31/15
- The River Food Pantry on 2/26/15
- Gilda’s Club on 1/20/15
- Verona Senior Center on 12/18/14
- Toys for Tots on 12/17/14
- McFarland Youth Center on 11/18/14
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore on 11/15/14
- Ronald McDonald House on 10/22/14
- Poverty simulations in April & September, 2014 for DE Trainings
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on 9/4/14
- Poverty simulations in July, 2014 for World Council staff & CUNA Management School students
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on 6/26/14
- Porchlight on 5/6/14
- Second Harvest Foodbank on 4/2/14
This project was started by Christopher Morris in Madison and he can be reached at chrisjamesmorris [at] gmail.com.
Not only will this help make a difference in Madison, but this is something DEs and credit union groups across the country can look at for inspiration both as group project and/or as something their credit union organization can get involved with. It also helps identify potential partners and volunteer activities for DEs and credit unions in their own community (strategic philanthropy!).
The development issues are an outgrowth of the National Credit Union Foundation’s DE Training and have been identified as barriers to economic growth and prosperity for families around the world. All issues are relevant to families in Madison.