How Five Credit Unions are Helping Communities

Community 0 min read

08 May 2020

Credit unions know that its not just words that carry weight. That's why since the outbreak of the pandemic, they've been been in the midst of their communities; supporting, volunteering, donating and going that extra mile. Now, more than ever, credit unions understand just how much those little things make a difference. 

Each week, we've been sharing stories from the ground; from phoning each member to check they are ok, to ensuring cash deliveries for the elderly, organising fundraisers or donating medical equpiment.

Below are more examples of how credit unions around the country are helping communities. Contact your local credit union here to see what services are available to you.


1. Connemara Credit Union Recreate Climb to Carrantuohill

Carrantuohill stands at 1039m in height, giving it the title of highest mountain in Ireland.

To raise much needed funds for Pieta House, and who need support now more than ever - Connemara Credit Union will climb their office stairs 55 times to reach their goal of climbing the same height. Check out their campaign here, where you can donate to this amazing cause.


2. St. Dominic Credit Union donate protective equipment for staff at St. Joseph’s

St. Dominic credit union thanked wonderful staff at St Josephs Home in Ferrybank for all their hard work on the front line, and donated protective equipment help them fight COVID-19. Pictured on main image are Caroline Corcoran (SSN), Sr K McMahon (PIC), Jude Green (SSN and Infection Control), Ann Whelan (HCA) Joy Solomen (HCA) and Alison Forte (ADON)


3. HSSCU donates toward iPads - connecting families with hospital patients

As supporting health workers has been their mission and core value since their inception, Health Services CU are doing all they can to sponsor and donate various causes throughout the pandemic. One such cause they support was an initiative by Ciara Close who is sending tablets to hospitals and nursing homes all around the country - to connect patients with their families via video. In times when our vulnerable cannot be with their loved ones, this is bringing happiness to so many people and being over halfway to the goal of 600 tablets, it is changing the COVID-19 experience for thousands of patients and families. Donate here.

4. St. Michael’s support elderly member’s from St. Luke’s Home

To encourage residents to get out walking, St. Luke’s Homehospice launched a fundraiser, asking people to sponsor an elderly patient to do a lap of the garden. St. Michael’s donated €500 to St. Luke’s Home as part of their fundraising efforts, which the hospice can use toward to procure more PPE for staff and to help keep residents safe from COVID19. You can donate here.

5. Athlone Credit Union donates PPE to Frontline Staff

With a strong ‘together’ message to the fore, Athlone Credit Union have donated PPR equipment including 400 safeguard visors to local heroes of the frontline.

They thanked Family Carers, Primary Care Centre, South Westmeath Hospice, Solos Nursing Home, St. Vincent's, Retreat Nursing Home, Stella Maris Nursing Home, Tearmainn Bhride Nursing Home, St Hilda’s Services, Clonbrusk Covid Hub - for all you have done for their community, with a special thank you to all our front line workers.