Wave participated in this great program to help brighten the holidays for service people and their families. Employees and members donated over $1,000 of "Wish List" supplies to be distributed to troops serving away from home.
Left to Right: Branch Manager, Marie Morrell; Teller, Andrea DeMoranville; MSR, Lynne Greene; and Director of Retail Services & Marketing, Wanda Grillo display supplies donated by members and employees being sent to troops serving away from home in support of Operation Holiday Cheer.
Through member donations and a Miracle Match by CO-OP Financial Services, we raised over $1,000 for this worthy cause. Many thanks to all!
A special thank you for generous donations from our members, the Overseas Lodge in Warwick and the Daylight Lodge in Cranston for helping to make our Giving Tree a succuess! Over $2,000 was raised for holiday food and gifts for 8 local veterans' familes.
Each year Wave awards $500 scholarships to full-time undergraduate college students and high school seniors. Winners are chosen following an extensive application process based on a 250-word essay, academic credentials and community involvement. Congratulations to these hard working students!
Shown left to right: Megan Hayward, Gianna Costantino and Sara Iacono
Not shown: Sean Morris and Madison Kelly
For the second year in a row, students from Warwick, RI's Toll Gate High School participated in a CU4 Reality Financial Literacy Fair sponsored by Wave and held at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport. During the Fair, students interacted with Wave representatives and area businesses as consumers with a career and monthly salary. The Fair allowed students to apply the knowledge they gained during the school year on managing their personal finances and budgeting. They experienced firsthand the realities of making ends meet monthly for expenses such as food, clothing, housing, utilities, transportation and other consumer temptations. As a result they gained a better understanding of the importance of making wise financial decisions.
Also at the fair, Warwick, RI Mayor Scott Avidesian presented a proclamation to Wave and Toll Gate High school celebrating Toll Gate High School Financial Literacy Day in Warwick.
As part of our financial literacy program, Wave has developed partnerships with Toll Gate High School and Winman Junior High School, both in Warwick, RI, to teach the students how to effectively manage their personal finances. Seventy-five Toll Gate students meet with Wave representatives on a monthly basis to review topics such as careers, savings, checking/debit cards, financial planning, credit and loans, budgeting and other important financial matters. At Winman there are over two hundred and fifty students learning banking basics through quarterly workshops presented by the credit union. The response to this program has been very positive, and we hope to expand it to other area schools in the future.