At All In Credit Union, #WeGiveBack is more than a hashtag, it’s ingrained in our culture. As we work to make life better for others, we make our communities stronger all while creating meaningful, lasting, positive change.
All In Credit Union is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Jim H. Mitchell Scholarship. The scholarship winners are representatives of All In Credit Union’s service areas and scored as the top 10 candidates. Applicants were judged on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and essay responses.
“We were extremely impressed with the high caliber of students that applied,” said Kathy Scarbrough, All In Credit Union Vice President of Marketing. “We are very proud to help these students further their education.”
Scholarship winners are as follows:
All In Credit Union offers ten $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors each spring. A student must be a member of All In Credit Union to be eligible to apply.
Christmas came early for one local nonprofit ministry in the Wiregrass when AACFCU presented The Ark Dothan with a $100,000 check! The faith-based organization was selected as the recipient of the first such grant ever given by AACFCU’s Helping Hands Foundation, which was established in 2016 for the purpose of giving back to the community.
Bobby Michael, President/CEO of AACFCU commented, “When developing this project, one of our objectives was to provide funds to an organization whose dreams exceed their existing capital. Through a lengthy application and interview process, The Ark Dothan has displayed a proven record of creating positive change in our community along with a demonstrated ability to serve as good stewards of the money they will be receiving.”
The Ark Dothan Executive Director, Dr. Jeff Peacock, likened the generous grant to a Christmas miracle. “Last May, we began the construction of 21 transitional apartments in faith. We entered the process knowing we would need additional support along the way, but didn’t know where the funds would come from. We literally prayed for God’s provision and feel incredibly blessed to be selected as Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union’s grant winner. With these funds, we’ll be able to grow our Transformational Program and maximize our ability to serve, feed and house those in need.”
Peacock, who served on the Board of Directors for The Ark Dothan for many years, became the organization’s Executive Director in 2014. While he’s seen his share of surprises in his current role, the unexpected gift of $100,000 was something he never could have anticipated. “We were certainly hoping that we would be selected, but nothing can prepare you for the announcement that your organization will be receiving such a meaningful, sizable donation. During this season of giving, what could be more impactful than receiving a grant that will allow us to give hope to those whose lives were once hopeless? Nothing is more meaningful, and appropriate, for a time of year when we celebrate peace and goodwill to all mankind.”
In 2018, AACFCU’s Board of Directors made a commitment to donate $100,000 to enhance the lives of others in a way that exemplifies the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” During the last decade, the credit union has given away more than $500,000 to local charities, with many of the funds provided from employee fundraisers. Lisa Hales, AACFCU’s Senior Vice President of Member Experience who was instrumental in the creation of the Helping Hands Foundation stated, “There is a culture of giving that permeates this organization. Whether lending support for local events through volunteering or ensuring that children and local nursing home residents receive the items on their Christmas wish list, you will find our employees giving back to the community in ways both large and small. As we like to say, ‘We Give Back’ is more than a hashtag at AACFCU.”
With the help of The Ark Dothan, residents are able to obtain their General Education Diploma (GED), attend college or vocational school, get their driver’s license, obtain a job and learn budgeting basics in addition to other life skills. In addition to the Transformational Program, their Food Bank feeds more than 3,000 Wiregrass families annually and serve more than 12,000 sack lunches each year to anyone in need of a meal.
AACFCU recently donated school supplies to 12 local organizations throughout our service areas to assist students and teachers during the 2018-2019 school year! Donations were made by AACFCU members and employees as part of our commitment to give back to the community. This year marks our seventh year hosting a school donation drive at each of our 21 branches.
Donations were given to the following organizations: