On August 11, 2017, Guardians Credit Union in Fort Pierce attended the Back to School Bash at the Police Athletic League (PAL) Center. We donated school supplies to the event sponsored by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Children from Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties were in attendance. We met with students and parents and discussed ways we can make their financial lives easier to manage.
T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society Community Health Fair
On August 5, 2017, Guardians Credit Union sponsored the 17th Annual T. Leroy Jefferson Community Health Fair. Local children were provided free health care to get ready for the school year and school supplies were distributed. We handed out credit union material to those in attendance and answered questions regarding membership and other services.
8th Annual Backpack Giveaway
Guardians Credit Union was a sponsor for the 8th Annual Backpack Giveaway that assists students from South Bay, Florida. Items were donated by The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, members, board members and employees. The supplies were distributed to the children of South Bay on Saturday, July 29 at Tanner Park. Guardians was on hand to help commemorate the event. We handed out credit union brochures and answered questions to those in attendance.
Stuff the Bus
The Fort Pierce Office of Guardians Credit Union collected school supplies for the last 2 months to donate to Stuff the Bus in St. Lucie County. This was the 13th annual event to collect supplies for children and families in need. A total of 6,000 supplies and $2,000 was collected throughout St. Lucie County this year and delivered on July 15, 2017.
St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
On June 30, 2017, Guardians Credit Union was a sponsor for the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. We even had a visit from one of the local residents of Gator Trace!
St. Lucie Mets Community Night
On May 26, 2017, Guardians Credit Union was a sponsor for the first Family Fun Night of the season with the Port St. LucieMets. We gave out 200 Guardians baseball hats along with brochures regarding the credit union. As part of our sponsorship, we were able to distribute 75 tickets to our members. The tickets were given out through our Fort Pierce Office.
Sweet Corn Fiesta
On April 30, 2017, Guardians CU sponsored the Sweet Corn Fiesta. Local farmers brought in corn and vegetables that were grown in western Palm Beach County. There were corn shucking and eating contests, country music, rides and fun for the whole family. We were the only financial institution that sponsored this year. Employees gave out 750 credit union bags with information inside.
March for Babies
On April 29, 2017, Guardians CU supported the WPB March for Babies at CityPlace in Downtown West Palm Beach. We accepted donations from employees and a donation was made on behalf of the credit union in order to help give "a fighting chance for every baby."
St. Lucie County Safety Festival
On April 29, 2017, Guardians CU was proud to support the "guardians" of our community — our first responders — at the SLC Safety Festival. The event was held at First Date Field in Port St. Lucie and showcased demonstrations from St. Lucie County and Port St. Lucie First Responders. We handed out giveaways and coloring books for children in attendance as well as information about the credit union to families.
Street Painting Festival
On February 25 and 26, 2017, Guardians CU sponsored the 23rd Annual Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth. Artists from all over the country displayed their work on the streets of downtown Lake Worth. Held each year at the height of the tourist season, this event attracts more than 100,000 visitors. This is the largest event of its kind in the world. Our employees answered many questions about the credit union and distributed lots of informative material. Guardians even provided face painting for children both days of the event. As part of our involvement, we also sponsored one of the artists whose finalized artwork is pictured.
On February 3 — 5, 2017, Guardians CU sponsored the 8th Annual Treasure Coast Pirate Fest. Our Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach branches were represented as we handed out credit union information and told about the CU difference! We enjoyed the live music, vendors, food and festivities with our St. Lucie County members and friends! We also enjoyed distributing our special pirate hats for the children who attended! The estimated attendance for the festival was 25,000 for the three day event.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
On January 28, 2017, Guardians Credit Union participated in the 2017 Race for the Cure supporting breast cancer awareness and research. We were honored to support and encourage the fighters, survivors, and those who lost the battle to this terrible disease. Prior to the event, Guardians Credit Union sold special pink breast cancer awareness lapel pins to members and employees to raise money for the cause. Through the generosity of our employees and members, we were able to raise $175! Fifteen employees participated in the 5K race and walk.
Small Business Bow Tie Run
On January 21, 2017, Guardians CU sponsored the Small Business Bow Tie 5K at John Prince Park. The Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce's mission is to "connect businesses to everything that creates success." Guardians CU was proud to support that endeavor to meet local business men and women and show our support for the Boynton Beach Soup Kitchen who was the beneficiary of the proceeds of the event. Seven employees participated in the 5K with some placing in their age group!
Guardians Credit Union once again sponsored three families this year for the holidays through Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches Holiday Adopter Program. We received information sheets on each family and what they wished to have. We did our best to purchase as many items on the list as possible after raising over $1,000. Our Guardians elves purchased and wrapped the gifts. The gifts were given to Adopt-A-Family to distribute to the families. On December 10, 2016 our entire Boynton Beach branch volunteered to wrap presents and shop with the children at the Santa Shoppe, which allows children to pick out gifts for their families.
AVDA Race for Hope 5K
On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Guardians CU employees participated in the 17th Annual Race for Hope benefitting Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Originally, the race was supposed to take place in October during Domestic Violence Awareness month, however due to Hurricane Matthew, the race was postponed until December. All proceeds supported AVDA's programs and services to survivors of domestic abuse and their children. Seven employees participated and one of our own finished 2nd in his age group!
Walk to End Alzheimer's
On November 19, 2016, Guardians Credit Union was a proud sponsor of the 2016 West Palm Beach Walk to End Alzheimer's at City Place in downtown West Palm Beach. Employees and their families participated in the walk and were able to hand out information about the credit union difference to attendees at our booth. Through our sponsorship, participation in a bowling fundraiser earlier in the year, and donations from our members and employees, Guardians CU contributed over $1,500 to the Alzheimer's Association! We proudly displayed the names of our member and employee supporters at our West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth branches showing our support of those affected by the disease.
New Horizons Race for Recovery 5K
On October 1, 2016, Guardians Credit Union was a proud sponsor of the Race for Recovery 5K benefitting New Horizons of the Treasure Coast. The mission of New Horizons is to deliver accessible behavioral and primary health care services to children, adults and families to achieve mental and physical wellness, and to improve the quality of life in the community. Our Ft. Pierce branch employees and their families participated in the 5K which helped to raise money to provide care to those who are on the road to recovery.
Children's Fire Safety Day
On October 1, 2016 Guardians CU attended an event to promote fire safety at the Home Depot in Palm Beach Gardens. Fire Rescue was on hand doing demonstrations and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office was also a participant, fingerprinting and providing ID's for children. We spoke to those in attendance about children's accounts as well as accounts and loans to their parents.
On September 14, 2016, Guardians Credit Union supported Miracle Jeans Day, a nationwide fundraiser to raise support and awareness for our local Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Guardians employees donated $5 to wear jeans and raised $100 just from our employees' generosity! The money raised was sent to Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, FL, our local Children's Miracle Network hospital.