Tampa Fla. (October 6, 2022) — Suncoast Credit Union, Florida’s largest credit union, is donating $600,000 to provide support and relief to those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Volunteer Florida will receive $500,000 and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will receive $100,000.
Volunteer Florida will administer the $500,000 gift as the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after natural disasters. The funds will be disbursed to help provide funding and resources to over 85 organizations for Emergency Management purposes, going to those with the greatest need.
The School District of Lee County will use the $100,000 donation to ensure students and teachers basic needs are met. Funds will cover immediate needs, including clothing, hygiene products, bedding, and transportation assistance.
“We believe we have a moral obligation to help others when we are able to do so,” said Kevin Johnson, President & CEO, Suncoast Credit Union. “The impact of Hurricane Ian is tragic. Our only goal for these funds is to help those with the greatest of needs in order to rebuild communities impacted by Ian. We believe that by working together, we can all do our part to assist struggling Floridians persevere through these times.”
Hurricane Ian made landfall last Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay Area, decimating several communities and the environment of Florida’s important ecosystems.
About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the 10th largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $15.9 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 75 full-service branches and serves more than one million members in 40 counties across Florida. As a community credit union, anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Suncoast Credit Union’s service area is eligible for membership. In 2021, Suncoast Credit Union’s field of membership was expanded to include public K-12 teachers, college educators, and educational support staff from all of Florida’s 67 counties. Suncoast is passionate about community support. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $36 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit suncoastcreditunion.com.