Monday, May 22, 2017

Celebrating National Bring Your Kids to Work Day with St. Cloud Federal Credit Union

Professional of the Year.png

This past April, St.Cloud Federal Credit Union celebrated National Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. As part of an activity, Sarah Mason gave each child $10 to make a difference in someone's life. We got some interesting stories back from the kids’ experiences, and we’d like to share a few with you.


I took my kids out to eat for lunch at Waffle It. I was sitting at the table waiting for our food while the kids were playing at the play area and my daughter Jayla comes up to me to tell me she wants to give away her $10 to the elderly couple sitting in the other room. I told her she doesn't have to do it right away and it can be another day if she wants to wait. She insisted she wanted to make a difference right now. Then I asked her why she's choosing them, she just said, “Because, I just want to make a difference in their day today.”

We went over to the couple and I introduced us and explained that it was Take Your Kids to Work Day today & SCFCU wanted the kids to make a difference and that my daughter wanted to give them something.

Jayla laid the $10 on their table and it was THE BEST MOMENT for all of us. The couple's eyes started watering; the husband's lips were trembling and he was speechless. His wife put her fork down to touch her heart and Jayla's face was beaming with happiness! The wife asked, "What do we owe you?" I said, "Nothing. My daughter wanted you guys to have this so you can enjoy your next meal or outing."The wife was shocked and touched.

The husband came to our table before he left and said to Jayla, "I just wanted you to know how deeply touched we are by what you just did. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness. From a Marine, you are a princess."She just smiled the whole time and said, "You're Welcome."

After he left, she said to me "I wish I could make a difference every day; it makes me feel happier." Of course, I told her she can make a difference as many times a day she wants and as long as she wants.

Thank you SCFCU for giving us the opportunity to show my daughter her new passion.


As we were pulling into Red Robin, we saw an older gentleman. We pulled up alongside him while he was on the sidewalk. Bethany started a conversation, explaining who we were and what we were doing. Nicholas happened to be on the passenger side of the car, and gave the man his $10. He was speechless, he could not believe it. He even asked a few times, is this for real? He was so grateful, and surprised. He thanked us several times, and said “God Bless You” to us. As we drove away, he just stood there watching in disbelief.


There was such an amazing, wonderful and warm feeling inside the vehicle of happiness, excitement, and pride. I just want to say a HUGE thank you Jed, Sarah, Alyce, Jordan, Rebekah and everyone who had helped to make this wonderful day happen. It meant so much to myself, and my son Brent, to share the day and the experience together. I asked Brent if there was anything he would change, and the last 2 years, he has the same answer, “I wish it was more than once a year!"


I just received a call from a member asking if we were the credit union giving away $10.00 dollars. I told him yes and explained that it was take your kids to work day and that we wanted each child to make a difference with the money they were given.

He continued to say that he was surprised and wanted to say thank you so much, that was the nicest thing to receive and very proud of what we were teaching the younger generation.

He said “You are my Credit Union too”!!"


Beckett had waited to give away her $10 and she did it this morning at Coborns. She gave it an older gentleman that was waiting in line to pay. He was almost to tears and first tried to give it back to her and she said he couldn’t. Then he asked if he could give her a hug and she did. The cutest thing was when we got in the car, I asked her how that felt. She said at first she wanted to keep the money but after she gave it away she felt “gooder”!

Thanks for the opportunity to have our kids experience that feeling!"

As a company, it feels great to get to know one another better though our children, it also feels great to teach our children about the effects of helping others and share our stories with one another. That is also why we would like to share our experiences with our members! If you’re looking to start teaching your children about saving money, doing the right thing, and giving back to others, let the experts at St. Cloud Federal Credit Union help get you started!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Grey Face Rescue Drive

We are having a supply drive for Grey Face Rescue & Retirement from May 16th-29th! Listed below are the supplies needed during the drive. We appreciate any all the contributions. All three branches will be excepting donations.

  • Grooming supplies (brushes, combs, shampoo) 
  • A variety of dog tags with "Grey Face Foster -" on them 
  • A variety of dog tags with "Adopted from Grey Face Rescue" on them 
  • Flea & Tick and Heartworm Preventative (All Sizes) 
  • Ink (HP 62) 
  • Plastic Storage Tubs 
  • Gas Gift Cards 
  • Fast Food Gift Cards ($5 increments for Hospice Dogs) 
  • Incentive Gift Cards ($15 increments, Target, Walmart, etc.) 
  • Stamps 
  • Self-Seal Envelopes 
  • Shipping Tape 
  • Senior Dog Food (including Hills J/D Joint Care or sensitive skin formulas) 
  • Senior Wet Dog Food 
  • Orthopedic Dog Beds (All Sizes) 
  • Multi-Vitamins and Supplements 
  • Dental Bones 
  • Toys, Kongs 
  • Treats 
  • Kennels (All Sizes) 
  • Leashes

Thursday, May 4, 2017

St. Cloud Federal Credit Union Launches Second Annual Community Recognition Program

ChangeMakers: Giving back to those who make a difference. 

St. Cloud Federal Credit Union is proud to announce the second annual launch of a community recognition program: ChangeMakers: Giving back to those who make a difference. This partnership with St. Cloud Times Media is intended to highlight people who may get little recognition while doing great things in the community. 

For 6 weeks, one person will be selected to receive the recognition which includes a news story and $500. This program was created for people who help to improve the local community on their own initiative, demonstrating they put others before themselves while showing service efforts are ongoing.

“Our second year is off to another great start in finding people in our community who don’t even know the difference they make on others. We have the unique opportunity to recognize them and I am proud we sponsor such a meaningful program!” stated Alyce Justin, Chief Operation Officer/Executive Vice President of St. Cloud Federal Credit Union. The credit union is funding the program and was proud to award the first winner, Ray Tuholsky of St. Anna, MN. Mr. Tuholsky has spent years making and donating various items while befriending the many people he comes into contact with. 

“The people who work to make changes for the better in our community are sometimes locally famous, but just as often do their work humbly in the background. So, it’s an honor to shine a light on the great people who are doing noteworthy work for their neighbors, without widespread notice. It’s even better knowing they’re getting some financial help for their cause from St. Cloud Federal Credit Union,” stated Lisa Schwarz, News Director for St. Cloud Times Media. 

More information with video of the first winner can be found here.
Nomination forms can be found here.

About St. Cloud Federal Credit Union: St. Cloud Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative founded in 1930. Currently with over 19,000 members and over $160 million in assets, the credit union is proud to serve members in Central Minnesota with branches in St. Cloud and Sartell. The organization prides itself on making a meaningful difference for members and their local communities.