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 2020, despite all that we’ve encountered with it, we’ve volunteered over 122 hours – paid and freely donated.  Not too shabby for a small company of only about 60 employees in less than one year! 


Here are a few places our time has been spent – Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Ups, SCPD Garden Clean-Up, PTO Board Meetings, Youth Group Guides, Bigs on Campus, Feed My Starving Children, Indexing Records into Genealogy Systems, Running Concessions. 




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

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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 Timi at our St. Cloud branch!

Timi is one of our amazing Mortgage Officers. She loves helping members save money or shorten the length of their loan through refinancing. She also enjoys being able to help members get into their first home or dream home.

Timi’s most recent volunteer time has been spent at her son’s wrestling tournaments, where she works admissions and runs wrestlers to their mats. Beyond that, she volunteers with the Habitat for Humanity building houses, the VA with the Veteran’s Day Ceremony, and, in the past, with Junior Achievement and Adopt a Highway roadside cleanup.

Thank you Timi 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.