How Credit Union SA supports the community
To maximise the effectiveness of our Social Responsibility program we always choose to support South Australian organisations helping their communities through a local or an education focus.
For example, we support the Messenger ‘Know Your Neighbour Campaign’, provide assistance to mentoring programs through Community Centres SA and have been supporting St John's Youth Services as our major charity since 2010.
St John’s Youth Services exist to break the cycle of homelessness before it can take hold of young lives. They work with young people throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area who are experiencing, or are at serious risk of experiencing, homelessness.
We see three particularly valuable benefits in St John’s Youth Services’ work:
- They are making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people in South Australia
- They are seeking to make that difference long-term
- The programs they run are empowering, educational and individualised.
Some of the ways Credit Union SA staff and members have supported St John's Youth Services have been by, collecting winter clothes, participating in the City to Bay, re-built their website and each year we organise the Giving Tree for St John's Youth Services to collect gifts and donations.
Credit Union SA is proud to be the major sponsor for the Zahra Foundation Women on the Run for 2020. The sponsorship will enable to 4km run/walk to be one of Zahra Foundations major fund raising events this year where as a community we will be able to reflect and pay recognition on the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of Zahra Abrahimzadeh.
The Zahra Foundation works to help people live a life free of violence, recognising financial abuse and disadvantage is one of the biggest barriers to women leaving and remaining free of abusive relationships.
We also strive to promote the ideals of education, learning and self-improvement in the community and seek to form partnerships with likeminded organisations.
Our past sponsorships in this area have ranged from simple projects, like helping schools build chicken coops and kitchen gardens, to extensive drug and alcohol awareness programs run at local football clubs.
Internally, we also hold a monthly gold-coin-donation casual day, with funds donated to various charitable organisations and we regularly conduct special-cause campaigns, such as collecting food and materials for local animal shelters.