|Pictured (from left): Members Credit Union employees Eric Stiff (VP of Marketing), Barbara Tucker (Director of Training), Carla Kimel (PR Director), Vanessa Jefferson (Teller), Christina Marler (Teller), Melanie Huffman (Administrative Assistant), and Andrea Blanton (PR Assistant) posing with a Habitat for Humanity truck before starting their shift. Not pictured: Maria Justice (Loan Officer)
On August 20, 2013 and August 22, 2013 eight Members Credit Union (MCU) employees volunteered 16 hours to help Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County on two Home Preservation Projects in the downtown area of Winston-Salem. In addition to volunteering, MCU raised $1,331 to help cover the cost of materials used during the two-day volunteer initiative through various fundraising efforts.
On the first day, MCU employees worked at an abandoned home located at 240 West 23rd Street in Winston-Salem to removed siding, shingles from the roof, and the debris from demolition inside the home. On the second day, volunteers built the framing for the walls at the Habitat for Humanity warehouse located at 341 Witt Street in Winston-Salem for a 4-bedroom house that would be built by other volunteers. After all of the walls were completed, volunteers were encouraged to sign a plank of wood that would be in incorporated into the home to recognize those who donated hours of labor to make it happen.
“It was incredible building the structure for a future home,” remarked Andrea Blanton, MCU’s PR Assistant. “It was hard work, but extremely worth it in the end. It’s rewarding to know that someone will be building their future in the home that we helped create.”
To help raise funds for both projects, MCU’s employees participated in the Nickels for Nails program. Nickel for Nails is a program by Habitat to help raise funds for future building projects. With the Nickel for Nails program each participant received a coin box and a calendar to take home. During the month of June or July participants followed the calendar’s daily motivational reminders to be thankful for having a home. The calendar suggests a donation each day, as little as five cents and not more than $1, which were added to the coin box. To raise additional funds, MCU sold ice cream to employees and hot dogs to members and employees at MCU’s Corporate Office. MCU will present the check to Habitat for Humanity in September.