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In 2019, we founded A+ Gives, a series of different days with scheduled acts of kindness throughout the year, to show appreciation for the communities we serve. We’ve partnered with some great programs, and we encourage you to follow along to see who we’re partnering with this year in 2022.

Monthly themes range from volunteering at nonprofit organizations to donating food to helping veterans.

A+ Gives Day

This year, we’re stepping up our giveback program and introducing A+ Gives Day! On October 10, 2022, every A+FCU team member will be volunteering to support our mission of building stronger communities. We’re thankful for the resources our partners provide and we want to do our part to support them as they continue to help others. Follow @aplusfcu on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to meet the organizations we’re partnering with and find our hashtag #aplusgivesday!

A+ Gives Day is also giving our members the opportunity to give back! When each member uses their Cash-Back Checking debit card on October 10 to make purchases, we’ll match each cash-back reward, which is up to 10 cents a purchase, to give back to our community! With a goal of $10,000, we hope to give $2,500 to four deserving organizations.

Spotlight ATX on A+ Gives Day featuring Eric Kase, A+FCU President & CEO

 

2022 Programs

Austin Diaper Bank

Founded in 2013, the Austin Diaper Bank is a Central Texas organization dedicated to providing diapers to families who need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life. They provide supplies to more than 30,000 families every year in six Central Texas counties.

Throughout the year, the Team A+ volunteers to pack up sets of diapers for distribution to the Diaper Bank’s partner agencies. Additionally, donations have been made to the Bank through A+FCU to continue its ongoing support.

Austin Marathon/APIE

In February, we partnered with Austin Partners in Education to volunteer at the Austin Marathon. Stationed at Mile 5, A+FCU and APIE employees provided cups of water to the marathon runners.

Backpack Friends

Originally feeding 12 kids from just one school, Backpack Friends has since grown to deliver more than 50,000 weekend food kits to students in various schools throughout the area.

During the school year, A+FCU partners with Backpack Friends by helping pack these food kits for the students. Our employees also volunteered at their Heroes Against Hunger Charity Scramble golf tournament in April, which raised over $45,000 to help feed 9,000 students.

Black Lives Veggies

In April, A+FCU volunteers worked with Black Lives Veggies to build garden boxes that will help Austinites in need grow organic, sustainable food at an accessible cost. To further support their mission, A+ Gives made a $500 donation to the organization.

Central Texas Food Bank

Founded in 1982, the Central Texas Food Bank fights food insecurity by maintaining mobile food pantries, a community kitchen, and various programs for families, the elderly, and children to receive nutritious meals. They also offer training and education programs to help participants find jobs and plan healthy, budget-friendly meals.

So far this year, the A+ team has donated $1,200 to the Food Bank and employees have volunteered to help prepare food donations for distribution.

Children’s Advocacy Center serving Bastrop, Lee, and Fayette Counties

Providing intervention and therapy services, the Children’s Advocacy Center supports child abuse victims in Bastrop, Lee, and Fayette Counties. In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, A+FCU employees volunteered at the Center’s event, Springfest, to bring awareness to the public about how to recognize and fight child abuse.

The Dog Alliance

Supporting disabled veterans and first responders in Texas, the Dog Alliance provides trained service dogs for those that need physical or emotional support. Along with supporting disabled veterans, this organization also provides therapy dogs to support children learning to read, seniors, patients, and others that may need help with stress and mental health.

A+FCU is proud to support this organization by sponsoring the training of service-dog-to-be Milo! This sweet and smart pup will soon graduate from his training and go on to serve a disabled veteran or first responder.

Food Insecurity Donations

A+FCU is fighting food insecurity in the Central Texas Region by providing donations to schools to pay outstanding lunch balances, as well as supporting organizations like HaysHope2Go, the Austin Education Fund’s AISD Crisis Support Fund, and The Village United.

Hope Austin

We have been volunteering with Hope Austin to help fight student food insecurity by preparing meals for students to take home over the weekend. This organization provides food for roughly 3,000 students each week in Austin, Elgin, Manor, Lago Vista, Leander, and Round Rock ISDs.

New Braunfels Food Bank

In March, A+FCU employees volunteered to fight hunger in southwest Texas with the New Braunfels Food Bank. Founded in 2010 by the San Antonio Food Bank, this organization not only distributes food to support those in need in the community, but also provides nutrition and financial education, children’s and senior programs, and other assistance for individuals to become more self-sufficient in the future.

Pease Park/Austin Young Chamber

Designed to promote business in the Central Texas community, the Austin Young Chamber has networking, leadership, and other beneficial programs to strengthen the young professionals in the area. In April, A+FCU teamed up with AYC members to clean up trash and restore the Seva Trail at Austin’s Pease Park.

School Fuel

Supporting 1,100 elementary and middle school students in San Marcos CISD, School Fuel provides bags of food for those who are at risk of having little or no food at home over the weekends.

We have volunteered time to help prepare food for students as well as donated $1,000 to support the program.

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center

Opened in 1997, the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center has supported more than 9,200 child abuse victims by providing medical and forensic exams, counseling, education, and family advocacy.

In May, A+FCU made a $500 donation to the Center while volunteers helped make preparations during much-needed renovations that will better support the families the Center serves.

2021 Programs

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy CenterA+ team members holding oversized check in front of WilCo Children's Advocacy Center sign

In the spirit of giving, A+FCU donated $1,500 to the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center this November. Funds will be used to assist with their programs that provide hope, healing, and justice for children and families in our community who are impacted by abuse, violence, and exploitation.

Heroes Night OutA+ team members holding oversized check

This Veterans Day, A+FCU contributed funds to help honor Veterans with a free lunch through Heroes Night Out. This non-profit, community-based organization is dedicated to providing resources and services to Veterans, Service Members, First Responders, and their families through programs and services in a caring, safe, and family friendly environment.

 
Austin Habitat for HumanityFive A+ team members standing under a tent

September kicked off the start of building the second annual House That Credit Unions Built with Austin’s Habitat for Humanity. This project brings to life the cooperative principles of Credit Unions: cooperation among cooperatives and concern for the community. This house will provide a home for a mom and her two children who currently live in an RV in the countryside.

Caritas – Snack Care Kits

This August, our branches and contact center assembled and delivered over 1,000 bags of snack care kits for Caritas of Austin. These kits help individuals experiencing homelessness have access to healthy snacks.

Austin Diaper Bank

A+FCU employees have been volunteering at the new Austin Diaper Bank warehouse during the spring and summer months. The Austin Diaper Bank is a Central Texas organization dedicated to providing diapers to families who need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life. They partner with 35 agencies in the area and each month distribute over 140,000 diapers to six counties. In 2020, they served over 34,000 families.

While volunteering, employees help package sets of diapers for distribution to local families. Additionally, staff can donate money to the Bank through A+FCU.

Black Lives Veggies

In April, A+FCU partnered with the Austin Young Chamber to volunteer for Black Lives Veggies, a local farm committed to building ethical diversity by providing agriculture and entrepreneur education to people of color. Our employees helped build garden beds and plant seedlings while learning about soil and nutrition.

Food Insecurity Donations

A+FCU is supporting the community by helping students struggling with food insecurity. A+FCU, along with employee donations, contributed over $12,300 to local schools and programs such as Backpack Friends, the Central Texas Food Bank, and HopeAustin. The funds will ensure that students are fed during the week at school, as well on weekends and during breaks.

The Children’s Advocacy Center

This March, A+FCU donated $1,500 to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bastrop, Lee, and Fayette Counties to provide financial assistance as the Center is in the process of moving to a larger location. Eric Farley, our Bastrop Branch Manager, is the current Board President for the CAC and reached out to A+FCU about the Center’s need for help as their moving date was pushed back from December 2020. The CAC offers a child-friendly facility where team members work together in the investigation, treatment, management, and prosecution of child abuse cases.

Wreaths Out Day

This January, A+FCU volunteered for the annual Wreaths Out Day with Wreaths Across America at the San Marcos Cemetery. This event is a volunteer opportunity to recycle wreaths that were placed on the gravesites of veterans during the holidays. Our employees brought gloves, pliers, and broomsticks to help out during the event.

2020 Programs

Soldiers’ Angels

During the month of July, A+FCU employees made or purchased blankets and masks to send to soldiers and veterans through Soldiers’ Angels, an organization that provides aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families.

Every year, Soldiers’ Angels conducts a blanket drive, and our donations helped them exceed their goal of 2,000 blankets.

TxDOT Adopt-a-Highway

A+FCU sponsored a section of roadway through the TxDOT Adopt-a-Highway program. Signage was placed on IH-35 in August 2020 to let travelers know that we care about our environment and want to do our part to keep it beautiful.

Central Texas Food Bank

Employees raised over $500 in April for the Central Texas Food Bank. The contribution went to help multiple programs, including Mobile Pantry distributions, supporting their partner agency network, supporting free meals at schools, and more.

Caritas of Austin

In 2019, we worked with Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit working toward preventing and ending homelessness in Greater Austin, and we wanted to see how we could help them this year too. A+FCU donated $1,500 to help them with their cause and provide new items to individuals moving into a new home.

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center

Thanks to information from an A+FCU employee, we partnered with Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center for their program My Safe Space. Employees raised $550 and A+FCU donated $1,500, for a total giveback of $2,050.

Austin Diaper Bank

The Austin Diaper Bank is a Central Texas organization dedicated to providing diapers to families who need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life.

They partner with 30 agencies in the area and distribute over 70,000 diapers each month to six counties.

During the month of March, A+FCU hosted a Diaper Drive in conjunction with the Austin Diaper Bank. Even though the window to donate physical items was cut short due to COVID-19, employees and members contributed numerous items, and $465 was donated by staff. These donations were used during their Mother’s Day Diaper Drive-Thru event. Employees were also able to volunteer in-person prior to the pandemic to help put everything together.

Local School Districts

Earlier this year, A+FCU took care of unpaid school lunch balances at 18 Central Texas schools within nine school districts. In total, $11,403.17 was contributed to offset these charges.

Junior League of Austin

To kick off 2020’s A+ Gives series, we worked with the Junior League of Austin and their Food In Tummies (FIT) Program. FIT is an innovative program that collaborates with the Del Valle Independent School District to provide weekend nourishment to children across two elementary school campuses.

During our annual Training Day, A+FCU employees packed over 1,000 bags of food for the FIT program and raised $575. The organization also donated $2,500, for a total giveback of $3,075.

2019 Programs

December: Compassion

For the month of December, we wanted to share a little compassion with our Central Texas neighbors. We partnered 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 selected the gifts, and then employees wrapped and delivered them, along with other surprises for the residents.

November: Thankful

During the month of November, we celebrated all the things we’re thankful for.

To show we’re thankful for veterans, we sponsored 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.

We also worked with two other organizations this month, Carrying Hope and the Central Texas Food Bank.

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 assembled 25 Hope Packs over the course of two days.

Employees also volunteered with the Central Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry in Taylor, Creedmoor, San Marcos, and Temple, Texas.

In addition to volunteering, A+FCU employees donated money to Hounds for Heroes, Caritas of Austin, Central Texas Food Bank, Williamson County Animal ShelterPAWS Shelter of Central Texas, and Carrying Hope.

October: Animals

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 159 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: Food

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.

June & July: Housing

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. Click here to see A+FCU in action!

May: Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week was May 6 – 10, so we gave back to the educators in our communities. We delivered cookies and treats to educators at over 100 Central Texas schools. See all the photos from our visits on our Instagram.

April: Keep Central Texas Beautiful

April was all about celebrating the earth we live on! A team of employees handed out a total of $3,500 in gift cards at The Great Outdoors Garden Center on April 13 and April 27 to people buying plants and garden accessories.

March: Transportation

Throughout the month, A+FCU employees handed out 200 $20 gift cards to people at various gas stations across Central Texas.

February: Food
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 were paid off completely. A+FCU employees also contributed over $1,800 to the overall donation balance. Click here for a complete list of schools.

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