WESTERLY — The Westerly Community Credit Union, through its Investment in Youth program, recently rewarded local middle schools with more than $7,500 for their community service.
Created and run by the board of directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union, the Investment in Youth program gives middle school students the opportunity to complete volunteer work and earn money for their school’s PTO. Students are required to complete an essay about their volunteer work and what they learned from their experience.
The credit union donates $3 for every hour volunteered, with goals based on the school’s population. Bonuses are paid for reaching their mark and being the first to do so. Westerly Middle School was the first middle school in the program this year to reach their 800-hour mark and earned the maximum of $3,000. Westerly Middle School teachers and students shared volunteer efforts throughout the community. Volunteer time was dedicated to support relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy, the Westerly Animal Shelter, Jonnycake Center, Westerly Public Library, WARM, Tower Street Community Center, Westerly Senior Center and other local organizations. Many fundraisers were also staffed by student volunteers to raise money for the local organizations such as a Spirit Week Fundraiser, Yard Sale Fundraiser, Math-A-thon, Pancake Breakfast and Surf-Town Marathon. Students also wrote cards and letters for Apple Rehab patients and war veterans.
Since 1999, the credit union’s Investment in Youth Program has logged over 23,000 volunteer hours and donated over $78,000.00 to Chariho, Narragansett, Pawcatuck, St. Pius X School, and Westerly Middle School.
For more information, call 401-596-7000.