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The staff and members of SACU are involved in the improvement of our communities, making better places for our members to live and work.
With SACU, you contribute support to more than 180 charities and fundraisers each year just
by being a member. This list details of some of our major programs. Watch our newsletters and website for opportunities to become involved in these
community outreach programs.
ExCEL Award Program: SACU proudly recognizes excellence in public school education. In partnership with KENS 5 TV, we honor 19 outstanding educators in the Greater San Antonio area each school year with a Golden Apple trophy and $1,000 cash award. Since its establishment in 1999, the program has recognized more than 200 teachers.
Park Restoration and Xeriscaping: With KSTX/KTXI public radio as our partner, we
have created a beautiful and lasting impression in our community by educating people about
low-maintenance planting, water conservation, recycling and composting. We've done
xeriscaping in San Pedro Springs, Woodlawn Lake Park, Madison Square Park, Cortez
Library, Semmes Library/Comanche Peak Park, O. P. Schnabel, Park Brackenridge Park, the Medina River Natural Area, Hardberger Park and Dignowity Park in the 10 years we sponsored the program. Visit these parks and see the impact your credit union has had on our community.
United Way: As a Pacesetter organization in San Antonio, SACU gives generously and early each year to encourage other corporate donors to contribute. These donations touch hundreds of nonprofits in the communities we serve and help the needy. In 2010, SACU corporate and employees donated more than $200,000 and boasted 100 percent employee pledging, for the FIFTH year in a row!
Credit Unions for Kids: This program helps fund the Children's Miracle Network, providing medical care to needy children in our local hospitals. SACU helps raise money for this worthy project by coordinating numerous fundraisers, including raffles and bowl-a-thons, throughout the year. Watch for opportunities to contribute through your credit union programs.
Elf Louise Toy Drive and Adopt-a-Family: The 17 full-service San Antonio SACU branches provide Toy Donation Stations for members to drop off their donations of new, unwrapped toys. Employee groups provide holiday gifts, food, clothing and furniture to needy families through the Elf Louise Adopt-a-Family program and other local programs in the communities we serve.
Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Yam Drive: In November, SACU is a corporate sponsor for the Jimenez Thanksgiving Day dinner and holds a Yam Drive to collect canned sweet potatoes to be served at the annual event. Employees and members also volunteer their time to prepare for and serve the hot holiday meal to more than 25,000 elderly and needy in our community.
San Antonio Shred Day: SACU and ARMA of San Antonio combined efforts to make "confetti" out of thousands of pounds of sensitive documents at the annual Shred Day — a public service event dedicated to
fighting identity theft. Held on the Saturday following the April tax filing day, the event often coincides
with Fiesta, San Antonio's biggest party of the year, characterized by the tradition of cracking "confetti" eggs, or cascarones, on fellow partygoers' heads. The public is invited to bring up to 100 pounds of sensitive documents and papers to SACU
branch locations to be shredded without charge. Donations to ARMA, which support San Antonio's Dress for
Success® program, are accepted and appreciated.
People Helping People Affordable Housing: Since 1996, our credit union has been
actively involved in this nationally recognized program that we, along with our community
partners, created to provide loans for affordable housing. We also partner in the education
and counseling of future homebuyers to ensure that our homeowners remain successful.
Cumulatively, SACU has invested approximately $11 million in loans to the underserved.