September 24, 2021 • 
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SAFE Credit Union Honored for its Dedication to Community Service

Folsom, Calif. (September 23, 2021) – SAFE Credit Union was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal today with publication’s Corporate Citizenship awards for the credit union’s ongoing dedication to the community. The award was presented during a ceremony at The Officer’s Club restaurant located in McClellan Park.

“We are so honored to receive this award,” says SAFE Credit Union Impact Manager Amanda Merz. “Corporate philanthropy exists to help foster positive and healthy environments where people can achieve their greatest potential. SAFE provides its team members with time to engage in philanthropy and volunteerism and strongly encourages staff to share opportunities where SAFE and its team can make a difference in the community.”

SAFE embraces the credit union mission of people helping people through philanthropy, donations, volunteerism, and no-cost programs to foster financial well-being in the Greater Sacramento Region. The credit union provides more than $400,000 a year in direct donations to nonprofits who assist in the areas of education, health, and veterans and military personnel. SAFE also supports high school and college students with scholarships.

The Sacramento Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Award was awarded to SAFE based in part on the credit union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SAFE’s philanthropic efforts included supporting students impacted by the pandemic by providing two-hundred $50.00 gift cards to CSU Sacramento, the Los Rios Community College District and Sierra College. These institutions were able to distribute essential emergency funds to students in need.

As personal protective equipment (PPE) became scarce and expensive, having masks on hand, for some communities, meant the difference between serving or not serving clients for many nonprofits. SAFE took this dilemma to heart and provided over 3,000 masks to local organizations.

SAFE also provided $60,000 in emergency grant funds to support area nonprofits meet urgent needs during the early months or the pandemic. Grant funding assisted with supporting food banks; connected former foster youths enrolled in colleges with laptops so they could access remote learning; and helped women and children on their journey out of homelessness.

“Behind each connection and relationship, our goal is to improve lives of our members and our community,” added Merz.

Learn more about SAFE’s community involvement at safecu.org/community.

To learn more about SAFE receiving the award, please contact AVP Communications and Public Relations Micah Grant at (323) 868-9067.

SAFE Credit Union Retail Operations team members volunteer at a community event.

SAFE Credit Union Retail Operations team members volunteer at a community event. 

SAFE Credit Union employees volunteer at a community event.

SAFE Credit Union Retail Operations team members volunteer at a community event. 

About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4 billion in assets and about 240,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA. www.safecu.org

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