AACFCU Partners with Local Sheriffs As Drop-Off Location for Operation Toy Drop

Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union (AACFCU) is partnering with the Coffee, Dale and Houston County Sheriff’s Departments to be a drop-off location for Operation Toy Drop benefiting children and families staying at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any AACFCU location in the Wiregrass area through the month of November. The Sheriff’s Departments will then transport the toys collected to the hospital as part of the “Toy Drop” special event which includes patients and families looking on as Santa helps unload the toys.

Toys collected through Operation Toy Drop will be distributed through Children’s of Alabama’s Sugar Plum Shop. The Sugar Plum Shop is an in-hospital toy store built and operated by hospital staff, corporate partners and community volunteers who invite parents of currently hospitalized patients to “shop” free of charge for gifts for the patient child and siblings. Over the years, more than 500 kids have benefited from the Sugar Plum Shop annually. More than 500 volunteers supported families at Children’s through the Sugar Plum Shop and financial support for the Sugar Plum Shop has allowed Children’s of Alabama to expand Child Life services to its Emergency Department helping children cope with the stress and uncertainty of hospitalization.

To view a wish list of toys for the Sugar Plum Shop, email sugarplumshop@childrensAL.org or call (205)638-9014 or contact Angie Sherrill at (334)678-9039.

AACFCU Treats Starbucks Customers to Free Coffee

Early last Friday morning, AACFCU was at the Starbucks location near our Mobile West branch to meet people from the area. As a surprise, AACFCU paid for orders for customers as they came by the restaurant before work.

Kasie Irby, AACFCU business development officer, and Lisa Hales, AACFCU vice president of marketing, had a great time meeting new people from the area and spreading the word about the Credit Union and our great services.

If you are in the area, be sure to stop by our Mobile West location at 750 Downtowner Boulevard to say hello! We also have 4 additional locations in. Mobile for your convenience and would love to have you come in!

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AACFCU Donates School Supplies to Community Organizations

Ozark donation to Dale County BOE

Pictured L-R: Lamar Brooks, Dale County associate superintendent, and Joseph Brackins, AACFCU business development officer.

During the month of July, Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union (AACFCU) employees and members donated school supplies to local organizations to assist students and teachers in the 2014-2015 school year.

Donations were given to the following organizations:

  • Windham Elementary School in Daleville, Ala.
  • Fort Rucker Elementary School in Fort Rucker, Ala.
  • Enterprise Teachers Assistance Center in Enterprise, Ala.
  • Dothan Education Foundation’s Stuff the Bus Campaign to benefit Dothan City Schools in Dothan, AL
  • Dale County Schools in Ozark, Ala.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Pike County in Troy, Ala.
  • Volunteers of America Southeast in Mobile, Ala.
  • DeFuniak Springs Boys and Girls Club in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
  • South Walton Boys and Girls Club in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Each year, AACFCU organizes a school supply drive as well as other donation drives and fundraisers to support local communities.

AACFCU Employees Volunteer more than 120 Hours at Community Organizations

photo 2In the summer of 2014, Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union (AACFCU) employees and their family members volunteered more than 120 hours in local communities at many different events.

Corporate volunteer projects included:

  • Assisting with children’s activities at the Daleville Police Department’s National Night Out in Daleville, Ala.
  • Sorting produce and cleaning the grounds at the Enterprise Christian Mission in Enterprise, Ala.
  • Sorting food at the Bay Area Food Bank in Mobile, Ala.
  • Walking and bathing dogs at Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Fla.
  • Serving lunch and playing bingo with residents at Oakview Manor Health Care Center in Ozark, Ala.
  • Assisting with admissions at the Pike County Regional Child Advocacy Center’s Children’s Festival in Troy, Ala.
  • Walking and bathing dogs, cleaning the grounds and feeding cats at the Wiregrass Humane Society in Dothan, Ala.

AACFCU organizes volunteer projects twice each year for employees and their family members in AACFCU service areas.  In 2013, AACFCU employees volunteered over 770 hours in their communities.

AACFCU Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to High School Students

Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union (AACFCU) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 scholarship, recently renamed the Jim H. Mitchell Scholarship. Scholarship winners competed against nearly 100 other applicants from AACFCU’s service area and scored as the top ten candidates. Applicants were judged on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and essay responses.

“We were extremely impressed with the high caliber of students that applied,” said Lisa Hales, AACFCU vice president of marketing. “We are very proud to help these students further their education.”

Scholarship winners are as follows:

Olani Borders, Enterprise, Ala.: Graduate of Enterprise High School attending the University of Alabama

Charles Foy, Niceville, Fla.: Graduate of Niceville High School attending the University of West Florida

Alexander Fries, Dothan, Ala.: Graduate of Dothan High School attending the University of Alabama

Cecilia Hughes, Geneva, Ala.: Graduate of Geneva High School attending Auburn University

Sarah McGhee, Enterprise, Ala.: Graduate of Enterprise High School attending Samford University

Christopher Mock, Samson, Ala.: Graduate of Samson High School attending the University of Alabama

Katherine Obrion, Enterprise, Ala.: Graduate of Enterprise High School attending Troy University

Meridith Schmieder, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.: Graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School attending the University of Florida

Hayley Sherman, Mobile, Ala.: Graduate of Baker High School attending the University of Alabama

Kimberly Spillers, Enterprise, Ala.: Graduate of Enterprise High School attending Troy University

Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union offers ten $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors each spring. A student must be a member of AACFCU to be eligible to apply. Information for the 2015 Jim H. Mitchell Scholarship will be available at www.aacfcu.com in the fall.

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Millennials: Timely Credit Card Payments Are Crucial

Between juggling student loan payments, rent, and other bills, you might be tempted to skip a credit card payment. Don’t do it. Missing a payment can lower your credit score, which can lead to difficulty getting a loan or even a job.

Millennials, young adults ages 19 to 29, actually have the fewest number of credit cards and the lowest average balance on them, according to Experian’s annual state of credit report. But, they also have the lowest credit scores and frequently make late payments on their cards.

The average overall credit score in Experian’s report is 681; the average for millennials is 628. Shorter credit histories and high utilization rates are two factors that account for the low scores.

To learn more about your credit score and give it a boost, understand:

What makes up a credit score—Payment history, amounts owed (especially as a percentage of credit available–the utilization factor), length of credit history, new credit, and types of credit in use determine your credit score.

How to get your credit report—You can request one free credit report a year from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus by visiting annualcreditreport.com, the only website authorized to provide these free reports. You also can call 877-322-8228 or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5281.

How to improve your credit score—Pay all bills on time, every time. Also consider applying for a secured loan. A secured loan trades access to credit for your commitment to keep a certain amount of money in a savings account. Stop by or call to speak with a loan professional to see how a secured loan can help you and find out how to get started.

Copyright 2014 Credit Union National Association Inc. Information subject to change without notice. For use with members of a single credit union. All other rights reserved.

AACFCU Donates $15,931 to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

IMG_3462Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union (AACFCU) donated $15,931 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) after a company-wide fundraising campaign in April and May.  Because of the kindness of AACFCU employees and members, $10,931 was raised in donations while AACFCU donated an additional $5,000 to CFF.

In addition to the fundraisers coordinated by AACFCU employees, AACFCU is a sponsor of the CFF Great Strides Walks in Dothan and Mobile each year.

Lisa Hales, AACFCU vice president of marketing, said, “Our employees get excited every year when it’s time to start fundraising. They work hard to put together fun ideas to help raise money. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to make this type of donation without the generosity of our members and the local community, so we thank you for your support!”

 

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