Vantage Credit Union (Bridgeton) was honored as the Community Outreach Volunteer of the Year at a Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition luncheon. In addition to Vantage, seven other organizations were honored at the event.
Vantage employees and members have collected new school supplies and backpacks to help ready foster care children for the new school year for more than 13 years. In addition to collecting new school supplies, a dress down day is held each July to help raise funds to pay for needed items that are not collected.
“Children who have been abused or neglected by their parents tend to have self-esteem issues,” says Shelly Thomas Benke, director of FosterServe Volunteers. “It’s so important to their self-esteem to arrive back on the first day of school with a full set of new school supplies.”
Over the years, Vantage has collected thousands of school supplies and backpacks for students across the region. Its annual Tools For Learning School Supply drive takes place every summer from July through August. For more information visit vcu.com.
Caption (L-R): Shelly Thomas Benke, director of FosterServe Volunteers, Bernetta Campbell, Vantage Business Development Specialist, and Jennifer Allemann, Vantage PR Specialist