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 277 hours – paid and freely donated.  Not too shabby for a small company of only 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 Cheryl, from our Sauk Rapids branch!

Cheryl is passionate about staying involved with her church and community, helping those in need. Lately, there have been members of her church that haven’t had access to transportation. She and her family were able to help by providing rides. Cheryl also loves to learn about, and help others learn about their ancestry. Together with her husband, Cheryl spends time taking pictures of specific headstones at cemeteries for sites like These photos are indexed and the info (names, dates, etc.) found on the headstones can be searched and used on sites like and

Thank you Cheryl 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.