Our focus is not only to provide affordable products and services, but to also support our members and local communities in the areas where we all live, work and play. We are deeply committed to creating a positive impact and are excited to begin our Great River Gives Back campaign.
We will be monetarily donating $14,000 in 2018 to deserving organizations throughout Central Minnesota.
The Great River Gives Back Campaign will award $2,500 to a non-profit each quarter. See quarterly focus breakdown below under “2018 Quarterly Focus Breakdown”. We are looking to make a big impact for organizations with a specific need.
Example: a new piece of equipment, an updated system, an expansion, sponsoring attendees for an event, purchasing items for nourishment, etc.
How This Works-
Nominate: The first month of each quarter (January, April, July & October) we will accept a printed outline or detailed letter/email with requests to receive $2,500 for a non-profit organization with a specific need in our local community. Finalists will be chosen by a GRFCU committee.
Learn/Vote: The second month of that quarter (February, May, August & November), our GRFCU Members & the community will have the opportunity to vote between the final three organizations on which they think the money should be awarded to. As a thank you for their effort, the second and third place winners will receive $500 towards their project.
Share: The 3rd month of that specific quarter (March, June, September & December) will be a highlight of the final three organizations.
Use the form below to nominate:
Email your request to email@example.com.
You may also mail a formal letter to
Attn: Great River Gives Back- 1532 West St Germain Street, St Cloud, MN 56301
2018 Quarterly Focus Breakdown:
January-March: Health/Wellness – Winner Foley Area C.A.R.E.- See their story below.
April-June: Public Safety- Winner was Sauk Rapids Fire and Relief Association- See their story below.
July-September: Veterans- Winner was Quiet Oaks Hospice House- See their story below.
Quarter 3 Winner:
Quiet Oaks Hospice House- Since awarded $2,500, they will use the funds to provide education and special training for staff and volunteers on the special needs of veterans, such as lingering trauma or unresolved emotions from service that can resurface at end of life.
One out of 4 individuals in need of end-of-life care are veterans. The needs of veterans at end-of-life can be complicated and exacerbated as death draws near. In 2016, in an effort to deal with these unique challenges, Quiet Oaks collaborated with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Network and the Veterans Administration to earn the ‘recruit’ status in becoming a We Honor Veterans Partner. This national initiative prepares Quiet Oaks to:
- Build professional and organizational capacity to provide quality care for Veterans
- Develop and/or strengthen partnerships with VA and other Veteran organizations
- Increase access to hospice and palliative care for Veterans in their community
- Network with other hospices across the country to learn about best practice models. They seek to educate staff and volunteers about the unique needs of veterans, honor our veterans with tributes and special ceremonies to thank them for their service, support their families and raise awareness in our community about these needs. Learn more about how to become involved by visiting their website.
Quarter 3 Finalists:
Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992-
If awarded the $2,500 the funds would first be used to host a HUGE membership drive to our more recent veterans and active service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This would be a fun event with food and really an opportunity for Veterans to check it out without any pressure.
The additional funds would be used for our relief association that helps Veterans with temporary housing and transportation when they are released from the V.A. as well as other needs that come up on a case by case basis for our Veterans. This can be in the form of bus trips or tickets for loved ones to see their spouses, gas cards, etc. Learn more about membership and their organization as a whole on their website.
Your St. Cloud Stand Down- We have been helping Vets and homeless Vets in need for 20 years. We receive no funding from any state or federal agencies or grants. YOUR St. Cloud Stand Down is the original partner in the Vet-Net program. . Serving the individual needs of the 100+ homeless veterans in our community by providing them with essentials such as boots, warm clothing and sleeping bags as well as helping with employment and long term solutions and help. We prepare Veterans to have: Boots on the ground and Mission ready for life. Veterans helping Veterans is more than just a motto, it’s a dedication of honor. Get connected and learn more on their Facebook Page.
Quarter 2 Winner:
Sauk Rapids Fire Relief Association- It’s no question that Sauk Rapids could use an airboat for rescues, especially on the Mississippi River. Which is why Madelyn Adamski raised $76,000 on her own to get this much needed tool for the rescuers. The $2,500 will be used to purchase the necessary 5 dry suits for the operators and rescuers to protect themselves from the frigid temps. The River is almost always only 33 degrees most of the year! This will be a huge help for rescue services for not only for S.R.F.D. but all the surrounding communities that they mutual aid with. Congratulations Sauk Rapids Fire Relief Association!
Quarter 2 – 2nd and 3rd place finalists:
Stearns-Benton Toward Zero Deaths Coalition- Last year 358 people died on Minnesota roads; the Stearns-Benton Toward Zero Deaths Coalition believes that is 358 too many. Enough tragedy. If awarded $2500, the coalition will be able to fund their efforts in working with schools, communities, and workplaces to create safer roads for all. Some initiatives include mock crashes, community education and materials, presentations and engagement activities for all ages including pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers/passengers. Our goal is to provide individualized campaigns focused on your neighborhood with your voice; together we will achieve ZERO fatalities on our roadways. We have begun the conversation and now seek the opportunity to share tools and resources that will create a culture focused on traffic safety at the forefront. https://www.facebook.com/MNTZDStearnsBenton/
St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy- SCYLA (St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy) is part of the St. Cloud Police Department’s Youth Initiative Program. It’s primary purpose is to offer support, build relationships and mentor youth in the St. Cloud and greater St. Cloud area. SCYLA begins with a one-week camp and continues afterward with regular gatherings and contacts between SCYLA’s participants and the police officers involved in the program. The $2,500 would help to cover the overhead costs of the camps including, lodging, meals, workout clothes and dress clothes. There is a graduation ceremony at the end where family member are invited to see their progress and completion of the program. The intent of these camps is to help divert at risk youth from going down the wrong path and creating a bond with police officers. More information available here: https://www.facebook.com/SCYLA-408157859301462/
Quarter 1 Winner:
Foley Area C.A.R.E: Neighbors helping neighbors is what Foley Area CARE is all about. Seniors can benefit by living independently in the home of their choice as long as possible with help of the services their program provides. Foley Area CARE takes the burden off family members faced with senior challenges. They have over 200+ volunteers that use their own vehicle and gas to provide their services, such as transportation, housekeeping, grocery shopping, phone calls, friendly visits, yard work and more, to seniors 60+ so they can remain in their homes longer. Their vision is to support area neighbors 60 and over to continue living independently in the home of their choice through community volunteerism and offering senior services that make that possible.
Their $2,500 donation, will help with the cost of fuel and purchases of food for seniors. View more by visiting their website here.
Quarter 1- 2nd and 3rd place finalists:
Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation: The Nicholas P Koenig HERO Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that actively raises money to assist local families affected by pediatric cancer. In addition to granting local families-in-need money for their expenses during treatments, they fund a permanently endowed scholarship for medical students going into the field of pediatric oncology through the University of Minnesota and we are funding an Adopt A Room at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Hero stands for Help and Encouragement on Rough Oceans. Their mission is shining light of hope on families affected by pediatric cancer through health related research, education, and care. In 2018 they are able to issue assistance grants to 10 families. With their $500 donation, it will help them to expand the grant program to more families facing pediatric cancer. View more by visiting their website here.
Apollo Activities Legacy: Apollo has 1,430 students attending classes; approximately 600 of these students are involved in one or more of the school’s 72+ activities. 64% of students attending classes at Apollo are considered to be in families at or below the poverty line. Keeping the Activities vibrant and purposeful faces many challenges. These young students are our future; the time to support them is NOW. In 2014, the school began an endeavor to establish a Legacy Fund to help financially support ALL of Apollo’s Activities Programs. Their $500 donation will promote the health and wellness of ALL of their students participating in Activities as well as their families.
ELIGIBILITY: The Great River Federal Credit Union (GRFCU) “GRFCU GIVES BACK PROGRAM” is offered and open only to those organized as a non-profit organization that serves one of the categories of Health/Wellness, Public Safety, Veterans or Homeless/Basic Needs, and also has a physical address located in Benton, Sherburne or Stearns counties, in Minnesota. By entering and by winning the Program, you agree to these Program rules. No fee is required for entry. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
GRFCU may NOT consider contributions to the following:
• Sponsor(s) of or to political or partisan organizations.
• “For-profit” organizations.
• Religious groups or religion-based organizations.
• Individual teams or smaller sports organizations that do not benefit a large segment of the community.
• Individuals (including members) or organizations seeking funds for personal or individual endeavors, including reimbursement for medical needs or expenses.
• Those organizations where funds would be used for the purpose of building assets or capital.
• Those capable of supporting themselves.
• Individual(s) or group(s) that is not representative of the communities GRFCU serves.