Jeans & Generosity: Vantage Employees Support Local Charity

What could be better than wearing jeans to work?
How about supporting local charities?

Nearly every month here at Vantage, we support a different local charity with a fundraising “dress down” day. Individual staff members suggest a philanthropic organization to support, and then Vantage employees collectively vote and select an organization for the month.

It’s amazing to see all the different passions and interests of our employees—but it’s also amazing to see that care supported. We not only invite members at our different branches to participate by donating to the selected causes, but Vantage Credit Union matches the employee donations up to $500.

Jenny Sandifer who coordinates our outreach says, “Monthly dress downs to support local charities align with the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’, and it demonstrates our mission at Vantage to ‘Strengthen our Community’.” In 2019 alone, Vantage, its employees, and members have raised over $10,435 to support the following local charities:

January: Responder Rescue
This is a local organization whose goal is to provide financial and emotional assistance to first responders, especially those who were injured or traumatized in the line of duty.

February: The Children’s Heart Foundation (Missouri Chapter)
This group of volunteers raises awareness and research funding for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects.

March: To Write Love on Her Arms
This non-profit works to provide hope and support for those individuals struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide.

April: Action for Autism
This charitable organization serves children and families within a 250-mile radius of St. Louis with therapy and education to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

May: Coach Todd Shelton
This fundraising project sought to support beloved coach and prior Quest For Education Scholarship recipient, Todd Shelton, after he suffered a paralyzing injury from a random drive-by shooting.

July: Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
This group creates a system of support for foster and adoptive families so that they can better provide safe, nurturing homes for children in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

August: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), St. Louis
This organization of advocates and educators seek to improve mental health by educating communities on mental health issues as well as advocating for greater access and quality of care.

September: The Little Bit Foundation
This local nonprofit partners with St. Louis schools to provide individual care for impoverished students, attempting to meet the needs of the whole child—"body, mind and spirit.”

October: Pink Ribbon Girls
This charitable group addresses the burden of those fighting breast and gynecological cancers, by providing women meals, housecleaning, rides to treatment, and peer support.

We want to extend a special thanks to all who have helped us make a difference in our local community.

Thank you for joining us in making the world a better place!