|"The generosity of credit unions has been simply overwhelming," said CCUF President/CEO John McGrail. "I have little doubt that credit unions will continue to open their hearts and combine forces to reach the $300,000 fundraising goal."
The Democratic National Convention is months away from its stay in Charlotte, but credit unions in both Carolinas are already rallying around the "leave-behind" project being coordinated by CUNA and the National Journal Group. Credit unions and the National Journal are honoring the Democratic National Convention by contributing to the $300,000 project that will transform the rooftop garden at Levine Children's Hospital.
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the project will be held on April 4th, and will feature national dignitaries, credit union officials, as well as Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. "It'll be great to see the project come together," McGrail said, "and for credit unions to leave a lasting impact on the Charlotte community long after the Democratic National Convention concludes in September."
The project will convert existing outdoor rooftop space on the hospital’s 12th floor into a dynamic play space that will include a touch-activated light and color “bubble wall,” outdoor play equipment, and much needed environmental improvements.
Construction of the playground will unfold over this spring and summer. Volunteers from credit unions, the Democratic National Convention and National Journal Group will lend a personal hand in the building. A ribbon-cutting event marking the end of construction, and opening of the playground, is planned for the week of the Democratic National Convention September 4 – 6 in Charlotte.
McGrail, who has been barnstorming the Carolinas to raise awareness, notes that credit unions are rallying around the project. "Piedmont Advantage Credit Union has held three separate fundraisers to pitch in and raise awareness of what credit unions are doing." Other credit unions, including Charlotte Metro FCU, Winston-Salem FCU, Local Government FCU, Greensboro Health Care CU, Ecusta CU and Champion CU have also given gifts or pledged their support.
"Credit unions in South Carolina are also contributing to this effort and are actively engaging staff and members," McGrail added. "The generosity of credit unions has been simply overwhelming. I have little doubt that credit unions will continue to open their hearts and combine forces to reach the $300,000 fundraising goal."
For more information on the Levine project and how your credit union can get involved, please contact John McGrail (704) 305-7587.