COMMUNITY FIRST: Loose change brings big donation to VFW Unmet Needs Program


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The community is paying it forward to improve the lives of veterans.
A credit union's donation of loose change raised more than a thousand dollars for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs Program.

This is the second year Royal Credit Union asked more than 500 of its employees to donate loose change that they might have laying around.
The Change for a Change program then decides on a charity that will receive the donations, this year Unmet Needs Program drew a lucky straw.

“We ask our team members to pick out money wherever they can find it; in our cushions, in your car, check your pockets, the bottom of our purse,” said RCU’s Community Relations Manager Jennifer Mchugh.

The Change for a Change jar this year ended up with
$ 1, 207.28.

The money was divided between Wisconsin VFW District 9 and VFW Post 1350 in Saint Paul, Minn.

“It’s amazing, every penny does county, and it's amazing to see how it really does add up,” said Mchugh.

“Those types of grants large or small are important to the program; we put them to good use helping veterans,” said VFW District 9 Commander Leroy Jansky.

He says the Unmet Needs Program depends on the generosity of the community, because 60-65 percent of the money is donated by businesses and individuals in the community.

“The program is a volunteer program so there are now expenses, all the money that you donated directly goes to those veterans,” said Jansky.

Jansky says the program serves as an emergency fund for veterans and their families who struggle with unexpected financial difficulties because of deployment or other challenges directly related to military service.

“Maybe they're running low on propane or their rent is do and they can't afford to pay it,” explained Jansky.

“This money is obviously going to people who really need it and that obviously aligns with our values as a financial organization,” added Mchugh.

Last year the unmet needs gave out 24 grants worth more than 17-thousand dollars.

If you would like to donate to the VFW’s District 9 Unmet Needs Program visit the link on the side on the story.

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A credit union's recent donation of loose change raised more than $1,200 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs Program.

Royal Credit Union announced the donation on Tuesday. Two organizations, Wisconsin VFW District 9 and VFW Post 1350 in Saint Paul, MN, will each receive half of the money. Employees donated their loose change during a corporate meeting in late January. The program helps military service members and their families who end up with unexpected financial difficulties because of deployment or other challenges directly related to military service.

RCU says the money is intended to help the program continue to have a positive impact on the lives of active military members and veterans.


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