The new service arm of the Intermountain West’s largest not-for-profit financial cooperative has been created with the mission of providing more projects for the specific benefit of the many communities where it operates and employees live.
“We are a strong, community-driven financial institution,” said Craig. “America First volunteers, members and employees work every day to not only serve our shared financial concerns, but for the community causes and organizations that facilitate the greater good around them. This new, annual service program helps our employees get even more involved in local nonprofit organizations, schools, or local municipalities they are most passionate about helping.”
Historically, America First members and employees have served numerous community, education and charitable causes, such as: Warm the Soles of Kids, 100% for Kids Education Foundation, financial counseling, Reality Town, community assistance funding, and school sponsorships. These causes will continue to receive necessary support from America First.
Now, through The Greater Good, America First employees are organized within 11 geographic community service areas and directed by the volunteer program administrator. Each employee team is led by a service area captain and assisted by task leaders for quarterly projects to benefit the community.
Projects each quarter have been assigned a theme. During the first quarter of 2012, employee volunteer teams have been focusing on the health and human services of their communities. For the remaining three quarters, The Greater Good will work on:
· Community Beautification—Quarter 2 (April-June)
· Education—Quarter 3 (July-September)
· Warm the Soles of Kids—Quarter 4 (October-December)
The next service area project of The Greater Good will be on Saturday, March 31, at 4 p.m. at the Taylorsville Branch. America First employees in the Salt Lake North Service Area will be making blankets for the Road Home.
“The collective excitement throughout our organization caused by this structured, purposeful effort of The Greater Good has been very rewarding to our employees and member volunteers,” said John Lund, executive vice president at America First. “This program has facilitated and motivated many more of our employees to get more involved in serving their communities. They are coming to work even more enthused about their job responsibilities and the contributions they can and are making to those around them.”