Community & Scholarships
The credit union was founded on the principle of "People Helping People." We are an organization where people are valued over money and we aim to "Improve the Quality of Life" for our members as well as those in our community – we enjoy helping local schools, charities, and organizations with volunteering and other support efforts.
Each year, GECU provides different opportunities for our employees to volunteer and support organizations within our community. Here are a few ways GECU and its employees have committed to the betterment of those around us.
Cunningham Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created in 1998 to recognize graduating, college-bound, high school seniors who embody the spirit of volunteerism. This spirit, fostered by Robert A. Cunningham during his 30 years of volunteer service to GECU, with his love of children's sports and his commitment to scholastic achievement and collegiate education, is the reason for these annual scholarships. Mr. Cunningham served as a board member of the credit union from 1966-1995. During his 30 years of devoted service, he sat on the supervisory committee for 10 years and served 3 terms as Chairperson of the Board. He helped mold this credit union into what it is today.
Starting in 1998, we began awarding $7,500 to five college bound seniors ($1,500 each) to help cover the cost of their college education. In 2007, we increased this award amount and began offering $10,000 in scholarship money to the five recipients ($2,000 each). Over the past 20 years, we have awarded more than $175,000 in scholarships. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants need to be: a primary member of GECU, a college-bound high school senior with a strong academic record, and involved in volunteer activities. The deadline for the scholarship application is typically in mid-January; applications are available at the credit union and our Current Promotions page starting in October. The five recipients of the scholarship are notified in early spring and are highlighted in the April edition of our Bright Horizons newsletter. To apply for this year's application, click here.
The credit union and its employees are yearly contributors to the United Way campaign. Year-after-year, GECU reaches its goals in supporting United Way and its efforts to help those in need within our community. And, with a little over $.90 of every dollar going to local organizations that help our community, GECU and its employees continue to generously give to help this wonderful cause.
St. Rita Fest
GECU is an annual sponsor of the annual St. Rita Fest, the St. Rita School for the Deaf’s largest fundraising effort. We are proud to help support this great school in our hometown every year.
American Diabetes Association's - "Walk for Diabetes"
Each year, credit union employees raise funds for the American Diabetes Association and volunteer their time at "America's Walk for Diabetes." The raised funds help people with diabetes lead a healthier life by funding research, education programs, and advocating the rights of those affected with diabetes. GECU is proud to participate in this annual event.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Costumed for a Cure"
This event, held every Halloween, has been a tradition of GECU for many years. GECU employees participate in "Costumed for a Cure" by dressing up in their favorite Halloween costume for the workday. All donations to participate in the event are donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Local Area Schools
GECU supports many local area schools through school/sports program advertising and has helped to educate young people through financial literacy presentations.
Credit Unions for Kids® - Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®
Through a non-profit organization, Credit Unions for Kids, credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations, and business partners across the country have helped raise over $140 million for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. GECU members have participated in their Shop for Miracles campaign by using their GECU debit or credit cards to raise funds for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Toys for Tots
The holidays can be a challenging time for some. Organizations, like the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve, help families and children have an enjoyable holiday season. The Toys for Tots program has distributed over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children. GECU is proud to participate with Toys for Tots by providing drop-off locations for those in the Cincinnati area.
Chamber of Commerce Membership
We participate in several area chambers to enhance and support our local community and build strong ties with other area businesses. GECU belongs to the following Chambers of Commerce:
- Cincinnati Regional Chamber
- Evendale Chamber
- Fairfield Chamber
- Hamilton County Chamber
- Loveland Area Chamber
- Northeast Cincinnati Chamber
- Sharonville Chamber
- West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance