DUNEDIN, Fla. (June 23, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on area communities, Achieva Credit Union has completed a donation drive to help support food banks throughout west-central Florida in the communities it serves. Over 475 members and non-members contributed to the 30-day drive and raised $275,000, including a donation from the Achieva Foundation.
“We’re incredibly proud of the way our Achieva members and the wider community came together in a critical time of need for so many of our neighbors,” said Gary Regoli, CEO of Achieva. “We want to thank each individual who gave, however they could, to your neighbor as yourself – these efforts demonstrate the strength of our communities’ unity and resilience.”
Some donors indicated a specific county for their donation; others made a general donation which was split evenly among the counties, along with the Achieva Foundation funds.
Local organizations receiving donations include:
• Pasco County, $40,835 – One Community Now – The goal of One Community Now is to bring churches, businesses, schools, organizations, and local government together to help meet the un-met and under-met needs in Tampa Bay.
• Pinellas County, $69,166 – RCS Pinellas – The focus of RCS Pinellas is to direct its resources to people facing hunger, homelessness, domestic violence and basic needs.
• Manatee County, $37,479 – The Salvation Army – Bradenton – Feeding those who would go without a hot, nutritious meal hits at the core of The Salvation Army’s mission. Each weeknight in Bradenton, they serve a hot meal to an average of 250 men, women and children at their Community Dinner.
• Sarasota County, $51,747 – All Faiths Food Bank – Together with their partners in the County, All Faiths provides healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.
• Charlotte County, $38,736 – The Salvation Army – Port Charlotte – The Salvation Army is providing walk in food assistance, community lunch box-to-go events each week and continues to ensure it is serving the community in any way it can.
• Lee County, $37,038 – Cape Coral Caring Center – This organization is dedicated to providing the minimal essentials of life of food and shelter, creating comfort for people with limited resources. Lehigh Acres Community Services – This organization offers limited financial assistance for people needing food and help with water and electric bills.
The Achieva Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Corporation supporting the local communities that Achieva Credit Union serves. We are committed to supporting organizations that create opportunities for social and economic enrichment of the communities we serve.
Achieva Credit Union was founded in 1937 in Pinellas County. Today, it is one of the top ten credit unions in Florida as voted by Forbes and is rated a Superior 5-Star credit union by Bauer Financial with more than $1.9 billion in assets and 22 branches serving more than 160,000 members. Anyone who lives or works in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties, or whose family member has an Achieva Credit Union account, can bank with Achieva. For more information, visit www.achievacu.com.