Supporting those in need even during tough times
Sponsored by Hawaii State FCU
While this year has proven to be one of the most challenging years for many families, there is still a lot of good happening. Hawaii State Federal Credit Union recently stepped up to lift the spirits of those in need when it challenged employees to a food drive that ended up making a big impact on the community.
“This year, when the pandemic hit, we’ve all seen that a lot of local families were really struggling,” says President & CEO Andrew Rosen. “It made us think of ways that the credit union could provide support to people beyond what we already do through financial assistance and education.”
HSFCU has worked with the Hawaii Foodbank and Maui Food Bank in the past and both are organizations near and dear to the credit union’s heart. With the need for donations higher than ever, HSFCU decided to support these nonprofits with a food drive.
“Being a credit union with branches on Oahu and Maui, we’re proud to support these organizations as they help families in need on both islands,” Rosen says. “Given the uncertainty of these times, we went into it not knowing what to expect in terms of donations – but one thing you can’t do is underestimate the spirit and determination of our members and employees.”
HSFCU started off with a humble goal of 1,000 pounds of food collected and ended up eclipsing that goal by more than 600 percent. After three weeks, the credit union had collected a total of more than 7,500 pounds of food for the Hawaii Foodbank and Maui Food Bank.
“Seeing how our employees and members came together to make this such a successful drive despite the uncertain times really inspired our executive team,” Rosen says. “So to really add additional community impact to what our employees did, the executive team made a combined personal monetary donation of $70,000 to the Hawaii Foodbank and $5,000 to the Maui Food Bank.”
Rosen says that the only way to make it through this tough year is by lifting each other up in the community.
“We want others to know that we’re here and ready to lend a hand,” he says. “Whether it’s through community campaigns like this one, through our Emergency Assistance Program or our involvement in state and city-run relief programs. We’re going to work together to help people get through this.”