We're always seeking opportunities to help others
Giving back to our community is important for 7 17. Not only does the credit union as an organization feel this commitment, but individual employees also donate their time and money to support worthy causes.
American Heart Association
7 17 Credit Union is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association. In 2017, 7 17 President and CEO Gary Soukenik served as chairman of the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk, in which dozens of credit union employees and their family members attended and raised funds to support. Employees raised more than $20,000 for the organization, and they continue to support its mission through various fundraisers throughout the year.
Relay for Life
Since 1996, 7 17 employees have participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, a 24-hour event that raises money and awareness in the fight against cancer.
In 2017, 7 17's Relay team raised more than $15,000 and won a few awards during the Relay event. In the Finance Group category, the team won first place for our campsite, banner, opening lap in the parade and our kids games and won second place for our educational message. Overall, the team won a second place award for our kids games.
We're a pace-setter for the United Way by encouraging our employees to give back to their communities through a recurring or one-time donation to the United Way. In 2017, employees pledged more than $34,000.
In addition to monetary donations, several employees have served on various committees for their local United Way.
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
We believe saving and spending money responsibly leads to success. Since 2002, we have worked with teachers throughout the Mahoning Valley, providing more than 15,500 students with hands-on materials, at no charge, through a partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). These materials cover everything from the importance of saving to balancing a checking account to protecting themselves from identity theft to establishing and maintaining good credit. These materials are unbranded and most students and parents have no idea that we are involved.
In addition to the NEFE materials provided to schools, employees also visit classrooms in the greater Youngstown, Warren, Kent and Canton, OH, areas to speak on topics related to what the students are studying in class. We also conduct scout tours at our corporate office, giving young people a true behind-the-scenes look at how a financial institution works.
Make a Difference Day
Each year our employees select a community project to participate in as a part the national Make a Difference Day campaign. For the past several years, 7 17 has collected groceries and cash contributions to donate to area food banks.
Collection bins are placed in all branch lobbies two weeks prior to Make a Difference Day and monetary donations are accepted in our drive-thrus. The Warren Family Mission has been the recipient of donations received in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. The Center of Hope Christian Cupboard in the Kent area and Community Services of Stark County in Canton also receive donations from our Members and staff.
Salvation Army Angel Tree
For the last several years, we have placed a Salvation Army Angel Tree in our main office lobby area the week of Thanksgiving. Members and employees generously become Santa’s elves by selecting an Angel from the tree and purchasing wished-for items for 150 children who may not have otherwise had a visit from Santa on Christmas morning.