Small Acts That Give Back is our own version of random acts of kindness. The mission is to spread joy to our members and neighbors right here in our own community. Read below to find out what we’ve done so far this year.
Small Acts That Give Back
Celebrating National Muffin Day in Westford
We were thrilled to kick off our 2020 Small Acts That Give Back Initiative with the Westford community. In celebration of National Muffin Day, we surprised our neighbors who visited Muffins on Main with a breakfast surprise. Thank you to Muffins on Main for having us, and allowing us to start our year of Small Acts off strong!
Showing the Love
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $17,000 in College Scholarships
To help defray the costs of higher education for local college students, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union awarded $17,000 in college scholarships to members through its MoneyStrong College Scholarship and Employee Scholarship Programs. The recipients are comprised of both soon-to-be and current college students.
The winners of the 20th annual MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program were asked to write an essay in response to the following prompt: “Credit is borrowed money that you can use to purchase goods and services when you need them. In your essay, explain why credit is important, and how a good credit score can help you achieve your goals.”
The Credit Union granted funds to 21 students. Of the winners, 17 are high school seniors gearing up for their freshman year of college, and 4 are currently attending various colleges in the area.
Through the Employee Scholarship Program, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union employees, as well as an employee’s child or grandchild, are eligible to receive a $500 or $1,000 scholarship. There are six different scholarships available, three of which were instituted to memorialize former Jeanne D’Arc employees and board members, and three were awarded commemorating the Credit Union’s commitment to supporting local non-profit organizations. The Credit Union awarded a total of $4,500 through the Employee Program.
Recipients are typically honored at an on-site ceremony at Jeanne D’Arc’s headquarters, but given the current restrictions, all recipients were notified and mailed their scholarship awards. They will also be featured on Jeanne D’Arc’s social media accounts.
“Of course, we wish we could celebrate the accomplishments with our award recipients, but regardless, we are happy to be able to continue our commitment to education and help ease the burden of college costs in any way we can,” said Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union.
The MoneyStrong scholarship winners include:
John Sousa from Alvirine High School, American University; Abigail Angwin from Chelmsford High School, University of Colorado Boulder; Christian Soriano from Dracut High School, United States Naval Academy; Jakob Levasseur from Dracut High School, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Jennifer McIntosh from Dracut High School, University of Rochester; Sean McMeniman from Dracut High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Jessica Lawler from Greater Lowell Technical High School, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Kevin Carney from Groton School, Bucknell University; Caleb Hong from Lexington Christian Academy. United States Naval Academy; Patrick McKenna from Lowell Catholic High School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Tyler Eld from Lowell Catholic High School, Suffolk University; Ava Carolan from Lowell High School, University of New Hampshire; Elsa Keefe from Lowell High School, Elon University; George Gikas from Lowell High School, University of Massachusetts Lowell; James Downes from Pelham High School, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Manav Thakkar from Wilmington High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mansi Thakkar from Wilmington High School, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Ellen McKenna Saint Michael's College; Carlos Bejar-Garcia, Harvard College; Hallie Moussea, Unity College; Camryn Santiago, Rivier University.
Recipients of the Employee Scholarships include:
Paige Dame, Seton Hall University; Kirsten DiCicco, Castleton University; Samantha Fagundes, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Hailey Fitch, Worcester State University; Hannah Gosselin, Rochester Institute of Technology; Brenna Lorenzen, Ithaca College
Photo cutline: Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Scholarship winners display their awards.
Help With Your Heating Bill
Once again, we helped some of our members pay their heating costs from this winter. Congratulations to our winners, who each received up to $400 toward a recent heating bill!
Restocking Little Free Libraries
Donna and Corinne from our Employee Development Team spent some time restocking the Jeanne D’Arc sponsored Little Free Library outside the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell. This Little Free Library is one among 60,000 across the world!
Employee Volunteer Winner
Each quarter, we randomly select one employee volunteer who gets to choose a non-profit organization to receive $500. Our most recent winner is Matt Beaudoin, Regional Branch Manager! Matt chose Lowell Humane Society to be the recipient of a $500 donation.
Friends of the Cameron Senior Center wins Give-A-Click
Our most recent Give-A-Click winner is Friends of the Cameron Senior Center. The Friends is a volunteer non-profit organization in Westford that provides financial support to the Cameron Senior Center so that it can offer activities, classes, special events, fundraisers and more. Click here to vote for this quarter’s Give-A-Click nominees.
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