We know there's more to life than money
When you step back a bit and look at the big picture, you’ll see that credit unions are driven by the philosophy, “people helping people.” Credit unions are places where members pool their savings, lend to one another and own the organization — people helping people. This is how Andigo Credit Union operates. And, we take it even further to support our communities.
Banzai Financial Literacy Program
Andigo partners with numerous high schools in our communities to bring financial literacy into the classroom. This curriculum, known as the Banzai Financial Literacy Program, exposes students to real-life adult financial dilemmas, from taming a budget and paying auto insurance to navigating taxes. We currently work with teachers at Conant, Fremd, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Streamwood, and Lake Park on these initiatives. We also provide in-class visits and presentations, empowering students with the financial skills they will need throughout their lives.
Spread some joy with toys!
Every holiday season, Woodfield Area Children's Organization (WACO) works with area schools and businesses to collect new toys. They serve more than 2000 impoverished children, so the need is great.
So from November 19 through December 12, Andigo collected new toys and games at our Schaumburg and Carol Stream branches for WACO's 39th Annual Toy Drive. There was also cash boxes for monetary donations.
Who is WACO?
WACO is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to creating positive childhood memories and providing basic needs along with educational support for children living at or below poverty level in Chicago's northwest and western suburbs. All donations and items collected from the drive will go directly into the homes of families in our neighboring communities.
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Food drive success
From October 29 through November 16
we collected nonperishable items at our Schaumburg and Carol Stream locations for WACO's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
. Items such as canned vegetables, boxed potatoes, rice, pasta, soup, spaghetti and pasta sauce, canned meats, breakfast items, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, gravy, stuffing mix, dessert mix and Hamburger Helper were needed and collected. There were also be boxes for collecting cash donations. The drive went well, as Andigo was able to donate more than $100 and over 200 pounds of food and needed items!
Andigo Adventure Challenge
On September 29, Andigo participated in the Andigo Adventure Challenge, which benefited Chicago Voyagers. Chicago Voyagers serves more than 400 at-risk teens from Chicago and the surrounding area. With more than 30 program partners, they are able to provide experiential, relationship-based outdoor adventure programming year-round. Their partners and youth served consistently report improved confidence, communication skills, teamwork, and personal responsibility.
The activities involved a unique obstacle course race where teams of two competed to become the 2018 Adventure Challenge Champions. Some of the obstacles included slacklining, log carry, a hay bale wall, archery and 10 more obstacles. There was music and plenty of spectating. In addition, Mothers Truckn Good Food was there, and Andigoans and their immediate family members who came out to join us received a free lunch (Andigo provided dessert).
The date also marked exactly two years since we became Andigo Credit Union. In addition to being out at Busse Woods Boating Center from 9 am to 2 pm to support a great organization like Chicago Voyagers, we had an Andigo anniversary celebration as well! Many volunteers joined us that day (thank you).