Giving back to our community is important for Seven Seventeen. Not only does the credit union as an organization feel this commitment, but individual employees also donate their time and money to support worthy causes.
Since 1996, Seven Seventeen employees have participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, a 24-hour event that raises money and awareness in the fight against cancer.
In 2017, Seven Seventeen's Relay team raised over $15,000 and won a couple of awards during the Relay event. In the Finance Group category, the team won first place for our campsite, banner, opening lap in the parade and our kids games and won second place for our educational message. Overall, the team won a second place award for our kids games.
Seven Seventeen is a pace-setter for the United Way. Each year, the credit union encourages employees to give back to their communities through a recurring or one-time donation to the United Way. In 2016, employees pledged over $34,000.
In addition to monetary donations, several employees have served on various committees for their local United Way.
Even Dollar Dog volunteers his time, making appearances to meet Youngstown/Warren area sports and bike enthusiasts at United Way events such as the kick-off celebrations during a Mahoning Valley Scrapper's game and the Rally by the River event.
At Seven Seventeen, we believe it is important to learn to save and spend money responsibly in order to be successful. Since 2002, we have worked with teachers throughout the Mahoning Valley, providing over 15,500 students with hands on materials, at no charge, through a partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). These materials cover everything from why they should save money and how to reconcile a checking account to how to protect themselves from Identity Theft and how to establish and maintain good credit. These materials are unbranded and most students and parents have no idea that Seven Seventeen is even involved.
In addition to the NEFE materials provided to schools, employees also visit classrooms in the greater Youngstown, Warren, Kent and Canton, OH areas to speak on topics related to what the students are studying in class. We also conduct scout tours at our Corporate Office, giving young people a true behind the scenes look at how a financial institution works.
Each year employees of Seven Seventeen Credit Union select a community project to participate in as a part the national Make a Difference Day campaign. For the past several years, Seven Seventeen has collected groceries and cash contributions to donate to area food banks.
Collection bins are placed in all branch lobbies two weeks prior to Make a Difference Day and monetary donations are accepted in the credit union’s drive-thrus. The Warren Family Mission and Second Harvest Food Bank have been recipients of donations received in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. The Center of Hope Christian Cupboard in the Kent area and Community Services of Stark County in Canton also receive donations from Seven Seventeen members and staff.
For the last several years, Seven Seventeen has placed a Salvation Army Angel Tree in its Main Office lobby area the week of Thanksgiving. Members and employees generously become Santa’s elves, by selecting an Angel from the tree and purchasing ‘wished’ for items for 150 children who may not have otherwise had a visit from Santa Christmas morning.