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November 29, 2022   •   News  

Public Invited to Vote in SAFE Credit Union’s Grant Program

FOLSOM, Calif. (December 1, 2022) – The public is invited to vote to determine which two nonprofits will each receive a $5,000 grant from SAFE Credit Union now through December 23, 2022.The top two vote-getters will each receive a grant.

This is the first time SAFE has opened its grant decision-making to the public. The grant is part of an annual program that supports nonprofits in the Greater Sacramento region addressing healthcare, education, and veterans. Usually, a committee of SAFE leaders and employees choose the grant recipients.

“We’re excited to introduce this new concept for our grant program,” says SAFE Community Impact  Manager Amanda Merz. “This encourages our members and the communities we serve to actively engage with the process, and it provides wonderful visibility to the finalists.”

Each finalist nonprofit provides services that reduce economic inequity through education.

The finalists are:

Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF). The program that introduces high school students and young adults to careers in the trades, engineering, and construction would use the grant to help fund its annual Design Build Competition that challenges high school students to learn about all aspects of construction and build a structure testing their craftmanship, teamwork, and perseverance.

Cottage Housing. This program offers services and programs to help people out of homelessness through education, counseling, setting goals, and building resiliency. It would use the grant to launch two new classes, including an Independent Living Skills class, in its Skill Development Program that introduces participants to financial literacy, job-seeking skills, parenting, nutrition and more

Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT). The nonprofit seeks to break the cycle of poverty and close the educational racial equity gap by working with Black youth to help them enroll and graduate from colleges and universities. IYT would use the grant funds to provide food to program participants to address food insecurity and give them the nourishment needed to make the most out of the programs.

Everyone is invited to vote here.

The winning nonprofits will be announced the week of December 26.

Learn more about SAFE’s grant program here.

To connect with SAFE Credit Union Community Impact Manager Amanda Merz, please contact AVP Communications and PR Carole Ferguson at [email protected] or by phone at 916-836-6318. 

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 $4.5 billion in assets and about 247,000 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.

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