Community Involvement

Great River Gives Back

Community Involvement isn’t just something we say, it’s something we do.  It Matters!


There’s a term out there that people like to use called “Corporate Social Responsibility.” It’s a fancy way to say something so simple: We want to make the St. Cloud area a better place to live and work. Employees are encouraged to volunteer on their own time, but we also give each employee (full-time or part-time) 8 paid hours a year to give back to our communities!


So far in 2018, we’ve volunteered over 172 company paid hours and 281 additional hours that our staff has done on their own time. That’s a total of over 500 hours given back to our communities! That’s the equivalent to driving from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida 10 times.  Not too shabby for a small company of only about 60 employees in less than one year!


Wellbeing Committee

It’s all a part of our Mission: 

Building lifelong relationships by providing valuable financial services that members recommend, benefits the community, and employees are proud of.

We even have a Community Involvement Committee!

This small committee meets once a month to find new opportunities to offer to our employees. Have a volunteer opportunity that we could possibly help you with? Get in touch with us! Email the chair of our Community Involvement committee, Ashley at:

Would you like to get involved in your community?

Check out various volunteer opportunities here: and

Laken holding award for Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect Employee Award

Each quarter an employee is nominated as the Ripple Effect Winner! The Ripple Effect is given to the employee who is truly passionate about giving back and encompasses  “No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone”. For every hour that the employee volunteers, they are entered for this award.


This quarters winner is Laken at our St. Cloud branch!

Laken is one of the amazing support staff members that you might not see often, but does so much for the members and employees to keep day-to-day tasks going smoothly! If she had to choose a second career she says it would be working with kids. The majority of her volunteer time is spent at Mississippi Heights Elementary School and Kids Country Child Center. She has had the opportunity to chaperone field trips, assist with the Elementary Field Day stations, Scholastic Book-Fair and spending the day helping kids shop for their loved ones in the MHES Holiday Store in December. 


Thank you Laken for the hard work that you do for our community! We appreciate you being part of the GRFCU team!

Check out some of our latest projects:

Pathways 4 Youth Winter Clothing Drive items with employees and staff

Donating our Winter Drive Items Pathways4Youth – Thanks to our incredible Staff and members for your generous donations!

MHES Supply Basket Group Photo

We donated our school supply items from the Back to School Bash and new lunch (laundry) baskets to each class at Mississippi Heights Elementary School in Sauk Rapids.