President's Column: Reflecting on how our credit union helped make our community better in 2016.

January 1st, 2017 by Catherine James

At Greenville Federal Credit Union, we have always made it a priority to be active and engaged in our community. In fact, one of the four tenets of our Mission Statement is “Our team makes our community better.” As a local financial institution we have the flexibility and resources to directly impact the organizations we serve. And our greatest champions are our employees who are truly committed to the prosperity and wellness of the Greenville community. 

The year 2016 was a very exciting time for us with the opening of “The Branch at Greenville High,” a partnership with the Greenville County Schools to bring financial education and real world business training to the students at Greenville High. The branch is run by the students which gives them an excellent opportunity to learn about everything that goes into a credit union. From marketing to transactions, this branch represents a working laboratory of fresh ideas and new approaches to making this effort a success.  

In addition to the student run branch, we sponsored other Greenville County Schools initiatives including the Teacher of the Year, Employees of the Year, and the Annual Salute to Education. Greenville Federal Credit Union understands that the education of the young people in our community is vital to the continued economic growth in Greenville County, and we fully support the hardworking professionals that nurture and shepherd our young scholars.

This past year the credit union also continued its support for Communities in Schools of Greenville which provides drop-out prevention services, quality after school programs and safe learning environments for students in at-risk schools. We are proud to have partnered with CIS for more than 20 years. Additionally, we provided financial support and classroom hours to Junior Achievement of Greenville, another long-time partner, to help educate area students about business and life after graduation.

Beyond our efforts with the school system and students, we worked with other credit unions in the Upstate to raise money for the Greenville Children’s Hospital at our 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, a cooperative effort that has raised over $200,000 since its inception only five years ago.

Your credit union cannot make this difference locally without our employees who are involved in many civic, community and charitable organizations including Kiwanis, Sertoma, Rotary, Compass of Carolina and the Meyers Center, to name just a few. I commend them for their continued passion for service.

But most of all, we could not be so involved in the community without the support of our member owners. For that I say “Thank You!” I hope that all of you have a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Paul Hughes 
President, Greenville Federal Credit Union