Democracy Federal Credit Union has launched an initiative to support its surrounding communities as part of its “COVID-19 Community Give Back” program.
As the number of victims of the virus rises, so does the need for people to protect themselves from the virus, with medical supplies, monetary resources and food donations, the union said. To kick off its initiative, union CEO and President Ken Cahoon recently gave a Facebook Live interview with Alexandria-based publication Zebra Press.
To keep the momentum moving for the three months of giving, Democracy FCU on April 20 delivered nearly 1,200 masks to area hospitals.
Mario Mejia, Democracy’s vice president of delivery channels, made the surprise social distancing deliveries to INOVA Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia; Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, providing 400 masks per hospital.
As schools remain closed, students who receive free meals at schools no longer have this option. In an effort to continue to feed all students, Democracy will be donating $1,500 to area food banks that provide three meals a day for the students to ensure that no child goes hungry during the pandemic.
The credit union will also be donating an upwards of a total of $1,000 to T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, H.D. Woodson High School in D.C., and Suitland Elementary School in Hillcrest Heights, Md. These schools are part of Democracy’s school partnership.
Democracy engages students of the schools with back-to-school financial programs, financial literacy workshops, monetary donations and more so that students, faculty and parents all benefit from the relationship.