Credit Unions across the B.C. Interior inspired a wave of local good on Oct. 19, as 500 Interior Savings employees rolled up their sleeves to lend a hand in their communities. This mass volunteering effort marked the fourth annual Interior Savings’ Day of Difference. This is a day where the Credit Union celebrates all those who are making a positive impact in their members’ lives and in the community. Credit Unions opened their doors at 9:30 a.m. with treats and gifts for its members and then closed up shop a little early so all 500 staff members could head out into their communities to lend a helping hand. Across the Interior of B.C., Interior Savings staff were cooking, cleaning, painting, donating blood, or doing whatever it took to help ease the burden on local community organizations. Here in Barriere, you may have seen the team that day as they made their way through the community collecting bottles as a fundraiser for the North Thompson Volunteer and Infor – mation Centre (NTVIC). Last year the team did a food and bottle drive in support of the Barriere Food Bank, raising nearly $700. This year the Barriere Interior Savings team brought in $940.50 in support of NTVIC.
“As a co-operative, we know the power that comes from a community working together,” said Interior Savings CEO, Kathy Conway. “Our Day of Difference is not only an opportunity to lend a hand to those helping to make our communities strong, but also to celebrate what it means to be local.”
This year’s Day of Difference also marked the re-launch of the Interior Savings $10,000 Local Give, a program that encourages others to get involved by awarding $100 cash to the first 100 people to share how they would use the money to do good.
According to Conway, “We were so inspired by how the people in our community embraced this opportunity last year that we brought the program back.”
Interior Savings is a member-owned, democratically-controlled credit union dedicated to creating local money while helping to build vibrant communities. Through its 21 branches, 16 insurance offices, Member Service Centre, and two Commercial Services Centres, the Credit Union offers personal and commercial banking and a full range of insurance and wealth management services to more than 70,000 members across 14 communities. Since 2002, Interior Savings has returned $53.8 million to members through its Member Rewards Program and invested nearly $8 million in support of community programs.