Imagine showing up at your favorite coffeehouse one morning and having a total stranger pay for your cup of java. In fact, as you look around, a band of total strangers in bright, lime-green T-shirts seem to be paying for the espressos, smoothies and frappés of every patron in the establishment. On the morning of June 13, that’s exactly what happened at Springfield’s downtown coffee place, the Mudhouse, as the CU Cash Mob committed its first “Random Act of Cash.” Since then, mob members have also visited MaMa Jean’s on Republic Road, giving away over $500 in store gift cards to lucky customers, and they say more random acts are in the works for this summer.
The CU Cash Mob is the brainchild of Springfield’s CU Community Credit Union. Consisting of a group of employee volunteers, the Cash Mob’s purpose is to randomly surprise Springfieldians during their everyday routines with little “gifts of cash” or gift cards for various businesses around town.
According to CU Community Credit Union president and CEO, Judy Hadsall, one of the goals of the CU Cash Mob is to help the people of Springfield enjoy having “a little bit more money in their pockets.” Of course, bringing awareness to the financial advantages of credit unions is the team’s long-term goal, she says.
“Many people are not aware that credit unions are run as not-for-profit institutions," says Hadsall. "That means, that unlike banks, we can help our members keep more of their hard-earned dollars every day, because we aren’t forced to make a large profit through high interest rates or fees.”
What’s next for the CU Cash Mob? Hadsall says that information is top secret for now. However, for those who like or follow the CU Cash Mob on Facebook or Twitter, they can find helpful hints as to the location of the next “mob scene,” along with tips on money-saving local deals.
Pictured (top): CUCCU Cash Mob volunteers at MaMa Jeans.
Pictured (bottom): CUCCU Cash Mob at the Mudhouse.