Vantage Credit Union collected new school supplies and monetary donations during the months of July and August in support of two local charities and their efforts to ready area children for the school year. This year’s efforts yielded over 2,100 new school supply items and over $1,300 in monetary donations.
Vantage has collected school supplies to donate to local charities for 17 years, with this year’s donations benefiting the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis and the KidSmart store, an educational supply store in Bridgeton providing teachers with free school supplies for area students in need.
“One of the keys to success is having the tools you need,” said Rachel Parrent, Director of Marketing & Business Intelligence, Vantage Credit Union. “Vantage is proud to give back to the community in a way that advances children’s education through the work of organizations like KidSmart and the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition.”
Founded as a teachers’ credit union, Vantage has strong ties to the educational community. In addition to supporting local charities, the credit union supports the community by offering a variety of free educational programs. Money Matters teaches high school and college students about establishing good credit and spending habits. The Secret Savers Club teaches children the importance of saving money. Vantage also awards college scholarships to young members annually through the Quest For Education scholarship program.
Vantage employees Jenny Sandifer and Tara Barnum drop off donations at the KidSmart store.