Member One recently presented a $1,000 check to Salem Area Ecumenical Ministries (SAEM), donating funds raised by Credit Union employees.
SAEM is the latest beneficiary of Member One’s longstanding “Denim Days” tradition. Each quarter, employees select and raise money for a non-profit organization local to the communities the Credit Union serves by “paying” to dress in denim on a designated Friday.
“SAEM helps fulfill a critical need in Salem and the surrounding areas by delivering food and educational necessities to some of the community’s most vulnerable children,” remarked Andrea Milliron, Vice President, Market Relationship Manager at Member One. “The opportunity to support them in this was our privilege, and as always, our employees were quick to contribute in a big way.”
SAEM is a collaborative effort by clergy, local service agencies, and residents of the Salem, Virginia area to serve families in need. Together, they provide at-risk children with school supplies, books, hygiene products, and meals through SAEM’s ACT Packs for Children, Summer School Breakfast, and Summer Feed and Read programs, as well as clothing to adults and children through its community closet. The Summer Feed and Read program is especially important to students who qualify for free/reduced meals when school is in session but who may experience food insecurity on weekends or during summer months.
“For the past 11 years, Salem Area Ecumenical Ministries has raised funds to provide nutritious and wholesome breakfast and lunch items,” said Garry Lautenschlager, member of the SAEM Board of Directors. “Each year, the challenge is ever greater! Increasing requests for assistance and the expansion of the feeding programs will require further community support, and we are extremely grateful and appreciative for the donation from the Member One Federal Credit Union employees.”