Dear Valued Members and Friends,
The signs of Autumn. Kids are back in school. The flip-flops and beach towels are stored away to make room for football jerseys and sweaters. ACCU is pleased to kick-off the season by announcing our newest Kingdom Partnership with one of the nation's top Christian universities, Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. ONU aligns perfectly with ACCU's heritage, identity and mission "To Reach, Serve, and Teach." This partnership provides an educational resource for our members nationwide with 30-plus programs available online and at over 100 satellite locations. It will help adult learners make the journey from where they are now to where they want to be. All ACCU members and employees are eligible for a 20% discount on ONU tuition. I encourage you to consider advancing your career with an education from ONU.
As part of our ongoing commitment to Christian education in the State of California, ACCU staff attended New Student Orientation at Azusa Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University. Our very own Naomi Paris-Klotz, Director of Member Engagement, taught the incoming graduating class of 2020, "How to Survive College Without Going Broke," a workshop on managing money and budgeting. More than 200 freshmen attended and many also became ACCU members.
ACCU commitment to local causes continues with our sponsorship of the upcoming Olympic Decathlon Gold and Silver Medalist Bryan Clay's Sixth Annual Fit4Fall 5K Race, right here in Glendora, California, where we live and work. The staff is preparing for the 5k run on November 19th to benefit local elementary schools.
Mark your calendars. National Adoption Month is this November. Adoption is an ACCU Kingdom Cause. Helping families with low-interest adoption loans is one way we help the millions of orphans world-wide find a forever family, but it's our corporate policies supporting adoption in the workplace that earned ACCU a spot on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's list of Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, in 2016. We are honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization.
May God bless you all this Fall! Please, let us know how we can serve you in this upcoming holiday season.
Sincerely in Christ,
Mendell L. Thompson