MADISON, S.D. -- Employees at East River Federal Credit Union recently donated a total of $858 to the Madison Volunteer Fire Department and the Howard Volunteer Fire Department. Credit union employees give money to wear jeans on Fridays throughout the year, and then vote to determine which organization will be the recipient of those funds. Photo above: Chad Podhradsky, Howard Volunteer Fire Department, accepts a check from ERFCU employee, Kelly Sherman.
Each fire department was awarded $429.00 which will be used for a variety of equipment needs. The Madison department plans to use the money to help purchase hoses, nozzles, personal protective equipment (PPE), and rescue equipment used in vehicle extractions. The Howard department will use the money to help upgrade their new grass rig, specifically to purchase tools like axes, shovels, brooms, rakes and rescue tools.
“Being able to support organizations in the communities we serve is an important part of who we are as a credit union” said Erica Clements, Marketing Specialist. “We want to give not only from an organizational level, but also from each individual team member. We know that it takes each of us to help out and support the communities we live in.”
East River FCU has a variety of community service initiatives throughout the year including gathering donated items for the food pantry, delivering meals for meals on wheels, raising funds for the housing and utility assistance fund at ICAP, and participating in Miracle Jeans Day for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Photo below: Randy Minnaert, Madison Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief, accepts a "big check" from ERFCU employees, left to right: Kelly Sherman, Chellie Wiese, Trasi Smith and Tanya Hobson.
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