Minot, ND – During their bi-annual training day in February of this year, staff at Aspire Credit Union heard from three deserving local nonprofits who are making great strides in the community. Each group was provided ten minutes to talk about their mission, share their greatest needs, and any impactful stories they want to showcase. After training day, the team voted and selected the Minot Matthew 25 Project as their organization to support and promote this year.
Throughout the summer, Aspire operated three different “drives” for them. “Each drive was carefully derived from conversations with their leadership about their greatest needs for their clients,” stated Rianne Kuhn, Marketing Communications Coordinator. “By considering their greatest needs, we were able to do what we intended… make an impact.”
During the month of June, Aspire Credit Union kicked off the partnership by collecting bathroom items. Focused on furnishings for the bathroom, the credit union collected towels, washcloths, shower curtains, hair dryers, and hair tools. During July, they shifted to kitchen items, and the community showed up with everything from small appliances like crock pots, toasters, blenders, mixers, and tea kettles, to utensils, cutlery, dishes, and serving platters. The final month was all about the babies and the young members of the community, with collections focused on baby and toddler clothing, cribs, bedding, and baby entertainment toys.
Throughout this partnership, the Aspire team was impressed with how the community showed up to support the Minot Matthew 25 Project; however, as a team, they still wanted to do more, especially with their tagline being, “Aspiring to More.” Aspire reached out to the organization’s leadership and asked for a wish list of items they could purchase to help make their organization a phenomenal resource for those needing a hand up in these tough economic times. Staff volunteered to go shopping, purchasing $1,000 worth of small appliances like microwaves, toasters, air fryers, coffee pots, and hand mixers. They also bought winter jackets for young boys and girls, in preparation for the winter months and paired those with hats and glove sets. In addition, the credit union donated lightly used office furniture to the organization.
Kevin Vigested, President and CEO shared, “Our partnership with the Matthew 25 Project has been truly rewarding. The team has enjoyed being able to share with the community about this awesome local nonprofit.”
Aspire Credit Union has served the Minot area communities since 1937. A non-profit, member-owned financial institution, Aspire Credit Union strives to provide the best service, products, and rates possible to meet its members’ needs. Aspire Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union serving Bottineau, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Renville, and Ward Counties.
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