Happy giving

Interra Credit Union CEO Amy Sink and David Birky, chief strategy officer, are flanked by members of the credit union’s Hometown Giving service project committee. The big check represents the more than $45,000 donated to agencies throughout the credit union’s footprint.

Interra Credit Union, its staff and members raised more than $45,000 to a variety of agencies across a six-county area during the 26th annual Hometown Giving holiday service project. A record-setting year, it represents a $1,000-plus increase over 2018, according to an announcement from Goshen-based Interra.

In addition, hundreds of boxes of Angel Tree wish list items have been distributed as additional support to the agencies and organizations that help those in need. Angel Tree is a project of the Salvation Army to collect toys, clothes and household item in December for families experiencing hard times.

The Hometown Giving project included a corporate donation of $25,000; staff fundraisers added more than $12,000 and members donated nearly $4,000 through the Merry Match initiative. Interra’s staff also helped raise funds for the Goshen Salvation Army and the Plymouth Salvation Army, donating about 50 hours of volunteer time to ring bells during the annual Red Kettle fundraiser.

Interra sponsored and staff members volunteered to host parties at Boys and Girls clubs and Bashor Children’s Home, work at Soup of Success, hosted a blood drive and purchased and delivered gifts through adopt-a-family programs.

The recipients of the money raised and the wish list items collected included Agape House, ARC Opportunities, Cancer Resources of Elkhart County, Elkhart County Council on Aging, St. Joe Valley Blue Star Mothers and Wakarusa Elementary School.

Interra has assets of more than $1.2 billion. The credit union serves more than 82,000 members at 15 offices in Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall and Noble counties in Indiana and via a suite of robust electronic services at interracu.com.

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