Lakeland Credit Union is not only a proud community partner, but an initiator to help the Lakeland region grow to its full potential. From their post-secondary scholarship program to their financial literacy program, Lakeland supports and helps Bonnyville, Cold Lake and surrounding areas.
To help curb food shortages caused by COVID-19 and provide immediate, tangible support for the communities they serve, Lakeland Credit Union recently donated $100,000 to be shared between two food banks in their region. Being a member-owned organization, Lakeland wanted to step up and deliver assistance to members and communities at large, ensuring they continue to flourish.
“As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to grow, the strain on our food banks will increase, and this donation will help keep these vital community services operating throughout these unprecedented times,” said Board Chair Charmaine Code.
As a local credit union, Lakeland has seen first-hand the many ways the global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Cold Lake and Bonnyville residents. With more people struggling through undefined economic times due to job loss, illness and childcare disruptions, food banks have become more critical than ever.
“When communities are challenged, it is the responsibility of leaders to step up, and Lakeland Credit Union is trying to do our part. As CEO at Lakeland Credit Union, I’m proud of this organization and the role our members have taken throughout our history. We see ourselves as contributors to our communities, not just participants. Lakeland Credit Union was founded on the principle of ‘people helping people,’ and we will never change that approach,” said CEO Kelly McGiffin.
At Lakeland Credit Union, we recognize the challenges many households are currently facing in 2020, says Wendy Morrison, vice president, culture & corporate governance. For this reason, Lakeland Credit Union is stepping up and making this one time exceptional donation.