Everence volunteers active in Goshen
Employees pitched in to help multiple causes in 2018
Everence® employees are always on the lookout for ways they can add to the well-being and vitality of their communities. From winter coats to pancakes and running a 5K, let’s look at some of what happened in the Goshen area in 2018.
WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE
Everence Federal Credit Union coordinated its fifth annual winter clothing drive, collecting 335 coats, jackets, hats, gloves and other coldweather items.
The Window picked up the clothing from Everence just before Christmas. The Window is a local nonprofit, faith-based organization that helps meet the essential needs of people with limited incomes.
SALVATION ARMY PANCAKE DAY
Everence employees served coffee for the 55th annual Pancake Day at the Goshen Salvation Army, an important fundraiser supporting programs that help local residents get food, medication and find jobs.
Everence also helped the Salvation Army refill its dwindling pantry by providing more than 1,500 food items donated by employees and members.
PUERTO RICO RISING
Everence staff members participated in the Puerto Rico Rising 5K Run/Walk, which started and ended at Bethany Christian Schools, to raise money for Academia Menonita Betania in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.
Everence sent such a large work crew to Lacasa’s Help-a-House event that the group was split between two project sites.
Help-a-House volunteers repair and beautify homes of low- to moderate-income homeowners and help Lacasa maintain its affordable rental properties.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
The Everence Strategic Planning Group gathered at the Goshen Boys & Girls Club for an offsite retreat, and while they were there, group members weeded and spread mulch around a playground.
A separate work day at the Boys & Girls Club’s Camp Koda was rained out, but an Everence crew is planning to take care of some outdoor tasks there in 2019.
MICHIANA MENNONITE RELIEF SALE
Everence volunteers helped build quilt display racks for the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.
The 2018 relief sale generated $477,800 to support Mennonite Central Committee.
Everence donated more than $345,000 to 408 charitable organizations through its MyNeighbor program in January 2019. Of that, about $205,000 went to churches and charities in the greater Michiana area.
The January 2019 donations resulted from people using their MyNeighbor credit cards from Everence Federal Credit Union during 2018. Individuals and businesses generate reward dollars for their favorite nonprofits every time they use their MyNeighbor cards.