A+FCU 70th Anniversary
We’re celebrating 70 years with events and giveaways throughout 2019.
In 2019, A+FCU celebrates 70 years of passion, community, education, commitment, and trust. Because of you, we have a presence in Central Texas and we want to thank you for that.
As we celebrate, we’ll keep you updated on our events and community outreach on our website and across social media with our hashtags #IAmAPlus and #APlus70YearsStrong.
We’re excited to share what we have planned to celebrate our communities and the members who have shaped us for the past 70 years.
Let’s bank on each other.
70 Years in the Making
Our purpose is to educate each and every member and give them the right guidance for their unique financial situation. By giving our members the knowledge, resources, and products to meet long-term goals as well as day-to-day needs, our credit union becomes stronger.
Here’s just a few of our milestones from the past 70 years.
- 1949 – A+FCU was founded as Austin Teachers Federal Credit Union in May of 1949 by 50 Austin Independent School District teachers during a meeting at Zilker Park.
- 1966 – In 1965, it was determined that more space was needed to serve the members. After almost a year of fighting zoning restrictions, a five-room house was remodeled. In April 1966, with two employees, the credit union moved into its first “credit union owned” building on Guadalupe.
- 1972 – On September 13, 1972, the board voted a charter amendment to include the employees of the Education Service Center, Region XIII, and employees of the public school systems in Del Valle, Manor, Eanes, Round Rock, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Florence Independent School District and to change the name of the credit union to Austin Area Teachers FCU.
- 1995 – In April, we opened our Main Office which included back office space and a full-service branch.
- 1998 – In October, A+FCU launched the Green Apple Program. Since then, we’ve partnered with elementary schools across the Central Texas area to offer our Green Apple Savings Program to kids. Through the program, students are able to make deposits to their accounts at their schools on Deposit Days.
- 2004 – In November, we changed our name to A+ Federal Credit Union.
- 2013 – A+FCU reaches $1 billion in assets.
- 2019 – Celebrating 70 years in Central Texas.
Giving back is what we do and for our 70th Anniversary we’re going bigger than ever.
We’re hosting A+ Gives, a series of 70 different days with scheduled acts of kindness throughout the year, to show appreciation for the communities we serve.
Monthly themes range from volunteering at nonprofit organizations to donating food to helping veterans.
For the month of December, we want to share a little compassion with our Central Texas neighbors.
We’re partnering with multiple local nursing homes to ‘Adopt a Resident’ and put a smile on their faces by not only bringing them a gift, but also spending a little time with them. We’ll be selecting the gifts, and then employees will wrap and deliver them, along with other surprises for the residents.
During the month of November, we’re celebrating all the things we’re thankful for.
To show we’re thankful for veterans, we’re sponsoring the Hounds for Heroes program through The Dog Alliance. Through the program, The Dog Alliance, a non-profit founded in 2006, provides service dogs for veterans who are challenged by the visible and invisible wounds of war.
Carrying Hope, a non-profit founded in 2016, provides Hope Packs for children entering the foster system. These backpacks and diaper bags are filled with items such as formula, diapers, books, stuffed animals, pajamas, and more. A+FCU employees will be assembling 25 Hope Packs over the course of two days.
Employees can also volunteer with the Central Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry in Taylor, Creedmor, San Marcos, and Temple, Texas.
In addition to volunteering, A+FCU employees can donate money to Hounds for Heroes, Caritas of Austin, Central Texas Food Bank, Williamson County Animal Shelter, PAWS Shelter of Central Texas, and Carrying Hope.
We celebrated our furry friends all month long! We partnered with PAWS Shelter of Central Texas and Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter to help find some pets their new homes. We paid covered pet adoption fees on three weekends – October 12 and 13, October 18 and 19, and October 26 and 27.
Volunteers also passed out bandannas and travel water bowls to newly adopted pets and their families.
September’s A+ Gives theme was Food! First, we partnered with the Central Texas Food Bank, a non-profit organization who works with food donors, financial supporters, and volunteers to fill unmet needs in local communities. A+FCU volunteers went to their warehouse to inspect, clean, sort, box, and make food donations ready for distribution to partner agencies and the families they serve.
Our Assistant Branch Managers volunteered at the North Travis County Community Center in Pflugerville during their quarterly meeting. They volunteered in the Food Pantry, where they sorted vegetables for individuals in need and filled over 125 shopping bags with t-shirts donated by A+FCU.
We also passed out 350 $20 gift cards at H-E-B stores across Central Texas for a total giveback of $7,000.
August: Back to School
During the month of August, we focused on heading back to school and appreciating the staff, educators, and teachers throughout our communities.
From August 5 – 16, we hosted a School Supply Drive to support the local schools we work with. A+FCU members and employees donated items, such as notebooks, lined paper, and colored pencils, and dropped them off at local schools later in the month.
We also joined in on #ClearTheLists, a new Twitter trend. The goal was to help teachers get their classrooms ready for the new school year by buying items from their wish lists.
We found 12 Central Texas teachers and helped clear as much as we could within the $175/teacher budget. Districts included Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Georgetown ISD, Jarrell ISD, Leander ISD, and Pflugerville ISD.
We partnered with Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit working toward preventing and ending homelessness in Greater Austin.
In the month of June, A+FCU members and employees donated items for a Hygiene Drive. We successfully delivered seven baskets worth of products and $240 in cash.
A+FCU employees also put together 20 Welcome Home Baskets with $5,000 worth of supplies, including H-E-B gift cards, pots and pans sets, comforters and bed sheets, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies.
Teacher Appreciation Week was May 6 – 10, so we gave back to the educators in our communities. We delivered pastries throughout Central Texas to over 35 schools. See all the photos from our visits on our Instagram.
April: Keep Central Texas Beautiful
April is all about celebrating the earth we live on! A team of employees handed out gift cards at The Great Outdoors Garden Center on April 13 to people buying plants and garden accessories.
- Gas Card Giveaway
Volunteers from A+FCU are participating in gift card giveaways all over Central Texas. The teams have visited Speedy Stop in Mueller, H-E-B Pflugerville on the corner of Wells Branch and 1825, and H-E-B Plus! in Leander.
- Central Texas Food Bank
The A+FCU executive team volunteered at the Central Texas Food Bank on February 6 to create 2,880 stew kits for those in need.
The food bank serves 21 counties in Texas and nearly 46,000 individuals every week.
- H-E-B® Gift Card Giveaway
The A+FCU Executive team gave out 30 $20 gift cards to shoppers at the Mueller H-E-B in Austin on February 8.
- Donation to Overdue Lunch Balances
We donated $14,153.88 to 20 different schools and organizations throughout Central Texas to pay school lunch balances. Fifteen of the schools’ overdue balances will be paid off completely. A+FCU employees also contributed over $1,800 to the overall donation balance.
Click here for a complete list of schools.
We’re celebrating our members with random drawings throughout 2019.
Three members will be randomly selected in weekly drawings to win a loan payment up to $500.
Members will be reimbursed for the payment with a deposit to their Membership Savings. Every loan with A+FCU is one entry and we’ll pick the highest loan payment amount to reimburse.
A+FCU Youth Members will be randomly selected in a weekly drawing to win $50 deposited to their Membership Savings.
|Week 43 (December 1 – December 7)||Evan R.
|Week 42 (November 24 – November 30)||Cheryl L.
|Week 41 (November 17 – November 23)||Brandon S.
|Week 40 (November 10 – November 16)||Danny H.
|Week 39 (November 3 – November 9)||Sylvia S.
|Week 38 (October 27 – November 2)||Brittany S.
|Week 37 (October 20 – October 26)||Sherry W.
|Week 36 (October 13 – October 19)||Richard P.
|Week 35 (October 6 – October 12)||Manuel D.
|Week 34 (September 29 – October 5)||Troy L.
|Week 33 (September 22 – September 28)||Jillian W.
|Week 32 (September 15 – September 21)||Christine R.
|Week 31 (September 8 – September 14)||Florence J.
|Week 30 (September 1 – September 7)||Lisa B.
|Week 29 (August 25 – August 31)||Belinda F.
|Week 28 (August 18 – August 24)||Tandy H.
|Week 27 (August 11 – August 17)||Tracy S.
|Week 26 (August 4 – August 10)||Walter S.
|Week 25 (July 28 – August 3)||Sylvia R.
|Week 24 (July 21- July 27)||Maud R.
|Week 23 (July 14 – July 20)||Justin B.
|Week 22 (July 7 – July 13)||Ronald F.
|Week 21 (June 30 – July 6)||Darren B.
|Week 20 (June 23 – June 29)||Matthew R.
|Week 19 (June 16 – June 22)||Phillip A.
|Week 18 (June 9 – June 15)||Arturo G.
|Week 17 (June 2 – June 8)||Jeffrey P.
|Week 16 (May 26 – June 1)||Robin B.
|Week 15 (May 19- May 25)||Adrianna S.
|Week 14 (May 12- May 18)||Mario P.
|Week 13 (May 5 – May 11)||Ramiro T.
|Week 12 (April 28 – May 4)||Diana H.
|Week 11 (April 21 – April 27):||Alan G.
|Week 10 (April 14 – April 20):||Tyler R.
|Week 9 (April 7 – April 13):||Alicia C.
|Week 8 (March 31 – April 6):||Thomas R.
|Week 7 (March 24 – March 30):||Mikita S.
|Week 6 (March 17 – March 23):||Hilary H.
|Week 5 (March 10 – March 16):||Edward P.
|Week 4 (March 3 – March 9):||Laura E.
|Week 3 (February 24-March 2):||Claudeen D.
|Week 2 (February 17-23):||Felicia R.
|Week 1 (February 10 – 16):||Brock C.
I Am A+
A+FCU is excited to introduce our new video series, I Am A+, in honor of our anniversary. We’ll be featuring employee interviews about what it means to them to be a part of our culture, details about what they do on a day-to-day basis, and why they love the organization.