Giving back starts with the everyday essentials
At Patelco, our goal is simple: To help you live your best financial life. And this philosophy applies to the communities we serve as well. That's why we focus on four areas of community service - hunger, affordable housing, children's health and financial education.
We are deeply committed to supporting and partnering with organizations, events and initiatives that focus on these basic needs.
We also hold financial education classes and workshops throughout the year, providing individuals of all ages with the guidance and tools they need to build a today that powers their tomorrow.
Below are just a few examples of how we're making a difference in our community and helping put our members and community on more solid ground.
Supporting children's health
We’re proud to support local events and activities that help families stay active year round. The Patelco Sports Complex at Bernal Community Park is a state-of-the-art facility, complete with lights and all-weather turf for year-round community sports, activities, and events. Since 2016, the fields have hosted over 800 games for over 50 youth sports clubs. You’ll find picnic areas, a playground, and kids playing everything from football and lacrosse to rugby and baseball.
Financial education and insights
You’ll find our community outreach team presenting financial education courses at local colleges, and workshops and presentations to audiences of all ages. It’s all about learning how to plan, save, borrow and spend so that you can be resilient to life’s inevitable ups and downs.
We actively donate funds to support organizations focused on hunger, affordable housing and children's health. Often our fundraising efforts extend across our organization, engaging both Patelco members and staff.
Recently our team members "went casual for kids" and contributed $3,700 in celebration of Miracle Jeans Day. The funds were matched by Patelco and CO-OP Financial Services, for a grand total of $11,100 to support local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and help make hard times easier for sick children and their families.
To learn more about where our contributions go, check out our latest Annual Report.
Employee volunteer efforts
Giving back to our community is part of our DNA. Our team members donate hundreds of volunteer hours each year to causes like Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley which provides Bay Area families with affordable home ownership solutions.
On our most recent build day, 30 team members spent the day framing the first and second stories of the condos at the Central Commons development in Fremont!
Very proud of how Patelco is fulfilling its mission and meeting the needs of the communities in which we serve.S.G.,
Disaster relief, so close to home
The 2017 wildfires throughout California were devastating for so many families and businesses. To help address the most pressing needs of those affected, we matched donations up to $100,000 to support local charities who worked hard to shelter and feed fire victims. 100% of donations went to the Ceres Community Project, Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa.
For Patelco members affected by the fires, our Disaster Relief Program provides immediate financial resources to help you as you get back on your feet. This program includes access to no- or low-cost loans, reimbursement of non-network ATM fees, deferred loan payments, and more.
Doing great work, every day
Our Community Outreach team puts positively impacting our community at the forefront and helps us find new ways to give back.
As a result of their hard work, Patelco recently received several awards:
- Regional, first place Desjardin Financial Education Award, recognizing credit unions that work to advance financial literacy for adults
- Regional, first place Desjardin Education Award, recognizing credit unions that work to advance financial literacy for youths
- National, first place 2017 Desjardin Education Award for Adult Financial Literacy
- Dora Maxwell Award, recognizing credit unions for their social responsibility projects within their community
We’re proud to be part of helping make our communities stronger.