Giving back starts with everyday essentials

At Patelco, our goal is simple: helping you live your best financial life. This philosophy guides our involvement with the communities we serve, which is why we focus on financial literacy, healthy nutrition, affordable housing and children's health. 

We are deeply committed to supporting organizations, events and initiatives that focus on these basic needs.

Backpacks and school supplies for 130 children

Patelco backpack drive 

In September, our Patelco team collected 130 backpacks and filled them with supplies for the new school year. We donated the backpacks to Centro de Recursos Familiares in Salinas, to be distributed to students at Frank Paul Elementary School. 

We wish for a successful and healthy school year for the students in all the communities we serve, and we're dedicated to supporting children’s health – including their social and academic development.

19 financial education courses for our communities

financial education class


So far in 2018, Patelco's community team has put on 19 financial education courses at northern California high schools, community colleges, universities, libraries, adult education centers, and transitional housing centers – just to name a few. These courses, given at no cost, have been been held in Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Placer counties.

Some of the topics tackled include FICO scores, budgeting for college students, setting goals, emotional spending, and basic financial literacy. Want to learn about these topics and more? Check out our online financial wellness resources.

67 runners and volunteers for Sactown Run

On April 8, 2018, 60 team members ran in the Credit Union Sactown Run and 7 team members volunteered for the event. Each year, the Credit Union Sactown Run features 10-mile and 5-kilometer races, as well as the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Miracle Mile fun run and fitness walk. The flat, fast course starts and finishes at the spectacular California State Capitol and leads runners through the “best of Sacramento.”

This year, Patelco and other credit unions, along with the runners, raised $238,000 through the run for Children's Miracle Network, which supports northern California children's hospitals.

$11,100 for Children's Miracle Network

This summer, 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 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in northern California and help make hard times easier for sick children and their families.

To learn more about our contributions to the community, check out our latest Annual Report.

Half-ton of food and clothing for Shasta County fire victims

In September, our team members donated 1,000 pounds of food and clothing to victims affected by this summer’s forest fires in Shasta County, through People of Progress, a Redding-based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening low-income individuals and families. The credit union also donated $2,500 to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, a public charity serving the people of Shasta and Siskiyou Counties.

Patelco collected the donations from team members in August from its branches and its headquarters, and then volunteers delivered the donated items directly to People of Progress along with a check to Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

This summer, Shasta County experienced a number of devastating wildfires, including the Carr Fire, which destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned almost 230,000 acres to become the sixth most destructive fire in the history of the state.

Very proud of how Patelco is fulfilling its mission and meeting the needs of the communities in which we serve.

S.G., Patelco Team Member

Doing great work, every day

 As a result of our community team's efforts, Patelco recently received several awards:

  • Regional 1st place Desjardin Financial Education Award, recognizing credit unions that work to advance financial literacy for adults
  • Regional 1st place Desjardin Financial Education Award, recognizing credit unions that work to advance financial literacy for youths
  • National 1st place 2017 Desjardin Financial 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 the communities we serve stronger.

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