America's Christian Credit Union Awards 1,000th Adoption Loan Family with $1,000 Grant
Glendora, CA, March 31, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union is excited to announce that they have exceeded 1,000 adoptions funded since the inception of their adoption loan program in 2009. In honor of this milestone, ACCU awarded the 1,000th family with a special $1,000 grant.
They shared their journey on how they became the 1,000th family to use the ACCU Adoption Loan Program to help complete their forever family:
We received a phone call from the social worker that helped us with our first adoptive son. The parents of our son were pregnant again and would like us to adopt his full biological sibling. We were not financially prepared to take on the cost of another adoption, but we knew that we were meant to adopt this child. We needed a financial institution that would understand our situation. That's when we came across ACCU. The last adoption wouldn't have been possible and our family wouldn't have been complete if it wasn't for the wonderful staff and adoption loan program at ACCU!
In response to the milestone Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian CU, said, "No words can describe the true joy we feel as an organization to be a part of the process of adoption for so many forever families. The stories we hear and the families we are able to connect with transform our hearts every day." ACCU is passionate about supporting the work of organizations that are helping 143 million orphans worldwide.
America's Christian Credit Union Participates in Glendora Unified School District's 25th Annual Community Read-In
Glendora, CA, February 28, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union staff volunteered in the local community for the Glendora Unified School District's 25th Annual Community Read-In on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. ACCU staff, passionate about giving back to the community and serving others, has been participating in this event for many years now.
Every year, community members volunteer their time to read a book in various classrooms across the district, promoting reading, education, and community involvement. This year, staff members spread across the district to read to some of the youngest minds in the community. One staff member commented, "The kids were very engaged and had lots of questions… I think it was a great way to get the community involved in the local schools and get the kids excited about reading."
In response to the event a staff member said, "I absolutely loved and am grateful for the experience!" Another described their experience, "I greatly appreciated the chance to read 'Tomas and the Library Lady' to a 5th-grade class at Stanton Elementary. The students were bright, attentive and inquisitive. They were receptive to the message that reading is a valuable and enriching habit to form, and that the quest for learning, through college and beyond, will bless and enrich their lives."
America's Christian CU's staff is committed to the company's mission "To Reach, Serve and Teach" and believes education – and this event in particular – epitomizes living out their mission within the local community. President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson, expressed the importance of supporting education this way: "Education adds value to an individual's life not only through the power of knowledge. It also gives people the ability to progress and become our future leaders and Kingdom builders."
America's Christian Credit Union Hosts Call to Prayer for Adoption
Glendora, CA, February 27, 2014–Yesterday, adoption advocates and supporters of forever families met at America's Christian Credit Union headquarters in Glendora for A Call to Pray For Adoption.
Guests heard from President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson, Board Member, Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Chief Development Officer, Fawn Imboden, and the adoption lending group at ACCU. Various staff members shared stories, testimonies, and letters of gratitude from families who successfully adopted with the help of ACCU's loan and grant programs.
The highlight of the event was the community prayer led by Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Graduate Chaplain of Azusa Pacific University, which offered support to adoption organizations, agencies, governments, birthparents, adoptive parents, and most of all, the children.
ACCU believes every child deserves a forever family. ACCU's adoption loan ministry has helped place nearly 1000 children in a loving home, and as a reflection of the beliefs shared by their membership, feel called to do more to advance the cause of the orphan. This call to prayer was planned as a way of standing up for children and adoptive families.
President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson explains, "We are passionate about supporting the cause of the children who do not have a voice. This is one of many initiatives we have planned to generate awareness for adoption, and we could not be happier to have the strong support of our Board, staff, members and friends in the community. In addition, we received word from others across the nation that joined us in prayer at that exact same time. It is a privilege to unite in prayer as one global group of adoption advocates. Thank you to all who attended."
More information can be found at www.AmericasChristianCU.com/adoption.
America's Christian Credit Union Donates $10,000 to Children's Miracle Network Concluding Holiday GiveBack Initiative
Glendora, CA, January 9, 2014–America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) donated $10,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) as a result of a year-long fundraising effort by staff. The contributions will go toward supporting sick and injured children at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). This marks the last event in a series of charitable giving by the credit union during their Holiday GiveBack Initiative.
In an effort to support the local community, America's Christian Credit Union and its members donated food to Shepherd's Pantry through Glendora Community Coordinating Council's Holiday Basket Program helping to feed over 250 families.
ACCU's staff also participated in a 2 month long program to give back to their own communities through service in either their churches or local organizations. In total ACCU's staff donated 260 hours of their time by teaching, coaching, providing financial services, and helping where they were needed most. More than 10 of our employees participated in City of Hope's Walk for Hope in support of finding a cure for cancer.
"We would not be living out our mission 'To Reach, Serve, and Teach' if we did not exemplify it in our own communities," said Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union. "I am overjoyed that we were able to give back in these specific ways during this season of giving. The success of the Holiday GiveBack Initiative would not have been possible without the gracious and wonder-working God we serve."
Mayor Joseph A. Santoro Recognizes America's Christian Credit Union in National Adoption Day Proclamation
Glendora, CA, November 26, 2013–Mayor of Glendora, CA, Joseph A. Santoro gave a special proclamation on November 23, 2013 proclaiming November 23, 2013 as National Adoption Day and recognizing America's Christian Credit Union for its commitment to "defend the cause of the fatherless."
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of children waiting in foster care to get adopted and with over 400 events for the last 13 years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of nearly 44,500 children come true by finalizing adoptions and finding homes for children in foster care.
ACCU has helped over 900 children find forever families through their Adoption Loan Program. They have been honored by two significant awards this year including the Friend of Adoption award given by the National Council of Adoption and being named fourth for small businesses on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2013.
In response to the proclamation Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union said, "We are passionate about supporting the work of organizations that are helping 143 million orphans worldwide. This proclamation affirms our continued passion and dedication to the cause of adoption. We are so grateful for the support that the City of Glendora and Mayor Joseph Santoro has given us."
In August, America's Christian Credit Union held an adoption summit in partnership with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for local leadership in order to better inform the surrounding communities about the foster care system and adoption. Mayor Joseph A. Santoro was in attendance and said, "The work that ACCU and the Dave Thomas Foundation are doing for our children is so very much needed and appreciated."
America's Christian Credit Union Gears Up for Holiday Basket Program
Glendora, CA, November 12, 2013–America's Christian Credit Union is partnering with the City of Glendora and the Glendora Community Coordinating Council (GCCC) in their annual Holiday Basket Program. Donations are being accepted through Friday, December 20, 2013 at America's Christian Credit Union's Glendora branch.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons each year, Glendora's Holiday Basket Program provides food baskets for over 400 families in need in Glendora and surrounding communities. Those who wish to contribute may do so by donating non-perishable food items and/or monetary contributions. The food is assembled into baskets for those in need, and the money is used to purchase gift cards which are included with the donated food baskets.
"In an effort live out our mission 'To Reach, Serve and Teach' I encourage our staff, members and community to join in supporting this program that uplifts so many residents in need in our community. By doing so, we are fulfilling the call and promise of God in Isaiah 58:7-9," said President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union, Mendell L. Thompson.
In addition to ACCU, there are four other food drop-off locations for this program including Glendora Public Library, the Glendora Police Department, La Fetra Senior Center, and the Timothy Daniel Crowther Teen & Family Center.
America's Christian Credit Union Welcomes Nightlight Christian Adoptions President
Glendora, CA, November 6, 2013–In celebration of Orphan Sunday and National Adoption Month, America's Christian Credit Union welcomed Dr. Daniel Nehrbass, President of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, to their headquarters to share about the importance of adoption.
Nightlight Christian Adoptions has made a name for itself in the field of domestic, international, and most significantly embryo adoptions. "Adoption accomplishes many things above and beyond just providing a home for a child. There are no words to describe the impact it has on the child, the parents, and families," said Dr. Daniel Nehrbass. More than 2,000 domestic adoptions, 1,700 international adoptions and 550 embryo adoptions have been completed by Nightlight.
Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union said "It is our duty as Christians to defend the cause of the orphans and Orphan Sunday is only a small reminder once a year of the task we take on everyday. We are overjoyed to offer solutions to parents and families looking to complete their forever family." The national Orphan Sunday campaign is led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. The campaign aimed encourages events across America the first weekend of November, calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.
About Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Nightlight Christian Adoptions provides adoption services as a permanent response for children without parents through child advocacy, parent education and lifelong support…because every child deserves a loving family. Serving children and families throughout the world for more than 50 years, Nightlight has been bringing parents and children together through adoption to form loving and supportive families. Visit the new website at www.nightlight.org for more information.
America's Christian Credit Union Hosts Church Financial Seminar in Honor of Clergy Appreciation Month
Glendora, CA, October 23, 2013–America's Christian Credit Union held their 2013 Church Financial Seminar on October 22, 2013 in honor of Clergy Appreciation Month. Over 40 local clergy members attended the event, which included guest speakers Dr. James Morwood, Lead Campus Pastor of Azusa Pacific University, and Vonna Laue, Partner at CapinCrouse LLP.
Pastors and their staff from around Southern California were invited to attend the free event in honor of Clergy Appreciation Month, which was started by Focus on the Family in 1994, reminding congregations that it was biblical to honor their pastoral staffs. Topics included a comprehensive review of best practices for church finances, investing and market overviews and spiritual wellness.
In response to the day dedicated to spiritual encouragement and financial education for pastors and their churches, one of the attendees said, "I've been praying for something like this for quite some time. This was an answer to prayer." Another said, "[ACCU's] passion for watching out for local churches and local pastors was so encouraging. Thank you!"
Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union opened the day with a few words of gratitude that ACCU has for pastors. "It takes a calling, but also an incredible amount of character and skill to pastor entire congregations and to manage the financial side of ministry in a way that glorifies God and keeps a church healthy and thriving. We are honored to come alongside you and support you in your day to day work of expanding God's Kingdom."
America's Christian Credit Union Raises Funds for Children's Miracle Network on Miracle Jeans Day
Glendora, CA, September 19, 2013–On September 18, America's Christian Credit Union participated in the annual Miracle Jean's Day fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals bringing the total of funds raised for CMN in 2013 to $7,673.
Since 2009, Miracle Jeans Day has encouraged groups and individuals alike to trade their traditional work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids treated at the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their area. Since its beginning, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $1.4 million to help fund life-saving medical needs in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
"We are fortunate enough to support an organization like the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in their efforts to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. I truly appreciate our staff for their dedication to serving others and the community we live in," said Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union. The credit union has been involved in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising annually since 1998.
America's Christian Credit Union Awarded 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Glendora, CA, September 5, 2013–On September 3, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced America's Christian Credit Union as one of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2013. ACCU currently ranks in fourth place among other small businesses. To view the full list, visit adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.
Every year the Foundation announces America's top 100 adoption-friendly employers, the top 10 by size, and the leaders in each industry from its annual survey of U.S. employers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company's adoption benefits, including the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for families who adopt.
"It is vital for adoptive parents to spend time with their children to bond and develop trust," said Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Foundation. "Employers who offer adoption benefits understand the initial needs of adoptive families are no different than families formed biologically. And family-friendly work environments create strong and loyal workforces."
America's Christian Credit Union established a workplace program in order to support employees looking to adopt children. "We are grateful to the Dave Thomas Foundation for the work they are doing and their generosity in recognizing the work of others to support the cause of orphans. We believe every child deserves a forever family and will continue to support the important work of the Dave Thomas Foundation in their tireless efforts to serve foster children around the world," said President and CEO, Mendell L. Thompson.
There are more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. Every year, more than 26,000 children in foster care turn 18 and age out of the system without families. The seventh annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list helps increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating businesses that support adoptive families.
About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 134,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and advocacy initiatives. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.
Pictured: Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America's Christian Credit Union with Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
National Council For Adoption Awards America's Christian Credit Union With Friend of Adoption Award
Orlando, FL, June 17, 2013–At the National Council for Adoption Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida, America's Christian Credit Union was presented the Friend of Adoption Award in recognition for its dedication and commitment to children and families
"Our Friend of Adoption Awards honor those who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of birthparents, adoptive families, and hundreds of thousands of children who are waiting to be adopted," said Chuck Johnson, President and CEO of NCFA. Since 2009, America's Christian Credit Union has helped make over 800 adoptions possible through their financial assistance.
President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson deeply moved by this recognition said, "This is indeed an honor, blessing and statement of God's hand on our mission. We believe that every child deserves a forever family and will work every day to advance the cause of the orphan. We will also continue to support the important and strategic work of NCFA and all of its affiliates in their tireless efforts to serve children and families."
More information can be found at www.AmericasChristianCU.com/adoption.
America's Christian Credit Union Announces Employee of the Year at 55th Annual Meeting
Glendora, CA, May 15, 2013–During America's Christian Credit Union's 55th Annual Meeting, Jennifer Dominquez, AVP of Loan Servicing, won the award for Employee of the Year for 2012. Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO, proudly presented her with a plaque, certificate, and congratulatory flowers on behalf of America's Christian CU.
Jennifer's lending expertise and her exemplary work ethic made her a most deserving recipient of this honor. This is her second time winning the award, previously receiving the honor in 1996. Jennifer Dominquez was joined by her family on the day of the event.
America's Christian Credit Union employs over 85 people. Four people are awarded the MVP of the Quarter every year. The Employee of the Year is then chosen from the four. In response to the importance of employee recognition Mendell L. Thompson explained, "This reflects our value we place on staff. We honor and celebrate them, and that adds to the value and success of our company."
America's Christian Credit Union Chairman of the Board Change of Guard at 55th Annual Meeting
Glendora, CA, May 15, 2013–America's Christian Credit Union announced at their 55th Annual Meeting on May 3rd that Chairman of the Board, David Morse, has concluded his three year term as Chairman and will be succeeded by Norm Sauvé, previous Vice Chairman. Norm Sauvé will lead ACCU and six other board members including new Vice Chairman Rev. Jerry Ferguson.
David Morse led the last annual meeting of his term, a historic mark for the credit union with 55 years of faithful service to its members. David Morse reflected on ACCU's long standing history of profitability over the last 55 years with church loans in 47 states and expectations of 1,000 adoption loans by years end. The Chairman reported a stable credit union in a strong financial position, which was reiterated throughout the event. Speakers also included ACCU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee Dale Best, and fellow board member Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Graduate Chaplain of Azusa Pacific University.
America's Christian Credit Union recognized David Morse's service as Chairman with an award in appreciation for extraordinary leadership presented by Mendell Thompson during the meeting. David Morse will continue to serve on the Board of Directors adding to his 13 years of service. Norm Sauvé has served on the board since 1998 and was elected as Chairman for a three year term.
Snow Day Attracts Over 5,000 for Snow, Santa, Petting Zoo and More!
GLENDORA, CA–The perfect weather and Christmas spirit led to over 5,000 people descending upon America's Christian Credit Union for their 7th Annual Snow Day following the Glendora annual hometown Christmas Parade. The event was held on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 in partnership with local radio station Radio Disney AM 1110.
The event was packed with literally hundreds of families enjoying the snow. Children lined up to take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as with the special credit union kids' account mascot, Buddy Bee. A petting zoo featuring a huge camel attracted many curious visitors. There were pony rides for the more adventurous children. The children built snowmen, had singing contests, and played game after game hosted by the team from Radio Disney – all while enjoying 50 tons of fresh snow. Parents and guests enjoyed shopping at several gift and food vendors selling yummy treats like candy apples, cupcakes, kettle corn and funnel cakes. Lots of hungry people were happy to see the In-N-Out Cookout Trailer serving up burgers as well. Altogether the America's Christian CU Snow Day continues to be a highlight of the Christmas season for everyone in the community.
"What a fun day! I am amazed at how year after year the community celebrates with us at Snow Day. I am grateful to our staff of 85, who did an amazing job hosting this event. We are blessed with the wonderful turnout, the happiness of the kids who attended, and the support shown from our wonderful sponsors as well as the city of Glendora," President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson said.
Check out photos from Snow Day here.
$13,350 to Children's Miracle Network is Latest in Series of Charitable Efforts by America's Christian Credit Union
GLENDORA, CA–Topping off a year of fundraising efforts that were augmented by a generous corporate match from Co-Op Financial Services, America's Christian Credit Union (ACCU) has donated over $13,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This amount represents the total raised by the credit union's staff through a variety of means in 2012. The credit union has been involved in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising annually since 1998.
ACCU President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson presented a check for $13,350 to Michael Sandler, Associate Director for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN), who accepted the funds on behalf of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). ACCU employees raised the funds through payroll deductions, a company match, and numerous fundraisers throughout 2012.
In one of the fundraising ventures last spring, running enthusiast and ACCU Director of Human Resources Richard Mathews completed the SacTown Credit Union 10-mile Run For The Kids at the state Capitol on April 1st, raising $400 in charitable contributions for the Children's Miracle Network. The credit union added the proceeds to its CMN fund, which continues to support the care of sick and injured kids at CHLA.
This run was one of many efforts by ACCU, which places a high priority on outreach and support within the communities they serve. In January of 2012, President/CEO Thompson had presented another large check to Sandler of CHLA, this one for $14,428, representing total funds raised by ACCU and its staff for CMN in 2011.
America's Christian CU participated in a series of events to uplift the community during the 2012 holiday season as well. One such event, which took place during Thanksgiving week, was the Shoes That Fit effort hosted and coordinated by Central City Community Outreach in downtown Los Angeles. ACCU staff raised funds to purchase 55 pairs of shoes that were given out during this event and also sent a team of 15 volunteers to staff it. The event helped serve 1500 people with nearly 1,000 pairs of new shoes, over 500 pairs of used shoes/clothing items, and 370 "Boxes of Love" to families on L.A.'s Skid Row so they could have a special holiday meal with their families.
In December, ACCU staff bought gifts for 35 needy children served by Our Neighborhood Homework House, a non-profit that provides tutoring and extracurricular activities to schoolchildren in the Azusa area. Also during the holiday season, staff participated in a pair of separate outreach events – a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and Christmas gift-wrap and distribution ministry -- through a partnership with the Dream Center Los Angeles.
President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson explains, "It is truly our joy to participate in our community with these charity efforts. I appreciate our Board, management and staff for their wholehearted support of fundraising on behalf of those less fortunate. I'm humbled that our stewardship of charitable funds through our various fundraising campaigns can help make a difference in their lives."
$5000 Adoption Grant Program Launches
Employees of America's Christian Credit Union adopting a child will now receive a $5000 grant under a new Adoption Grant Program announced today. The announcement was received with overwhelming enthusiasm from employees.
We believe every child deserves a forever family. The cause of adoption is close to the heart of the credit union. In 2009, ACCU began offering adoption loans to families in the process of adoption, covering agency fees, international travel to pick up the child, and other expenses. Over the past three years we have witnessed the growth and need for adoption financing. Through this loan program ACCU has been able to help place over 485 children with their forever families. In the course of working with the families trying to finance their adoption, and learning their individual stories and struggles, the board and leadership felt commissioned to support adoption within the credit union's staff. This $5,000 grant is an additional employee benefit to be made available to any ACCU staff member pursuing adoption towards fees and other expenses. With the cost of adoption currently averaging in the thousands, this grant arrives at a most welcome time.
"We believe deeply in the miracle of adoption as part of the greater story we all celebrate – being adopted into God's family. With this new grant, we want to demonstrate our solid support for our team members that want to extend their love to the orphan," President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson said.
2011 Business of the Year
America's Christian Credit Union was named the 2011 Business of the Year by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce.
The credit union moved to Glendora, California in 2005, and has made it their goal to give back to the community. ACCU has become actively engaged in Glendora community life—from their annual Snow Day that draws thousands to celebrate the Christmas season, the breadth of volunteer work, the semi-annual blood drives, and the support of the local schools, colleges, and universities. After these wonderful years of serving the Glendora community, the 2011 Business of the Year award is tremendous news for the credit union.
President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson had this comment regarding this significant achievement: "I am truly humbled! Our commitment to serve is our top priority each and every day. We don't do this to win awards; we do this because we truly care about our members and the community we serve. To be recognized for our efforts in this manner makes what we do even more special. From all of our staff here, I simply want to say 'thank you' for the privilege to serve and work in the City of Glendora."