August 21, 2018

TAGGED AS: 1st United News

1st United Credit Union wrapped up its annual school supply and backpack drive in support of Alternative Family Services and the Alameda County Family Justice Center with enough supplies for 267 students, surpassing our goal of 200.

Jennifer Harper, Director Development & Marketing for Alternative Family Services commented, “1st United has supported our Wish Upon a Backpack drive for several years. We are always grateful they chose our organization for their donation. Our foster youth are now headed back to school with the basic tools they need to succeed.”

“Because of their efforts, we were able to help over 100 families start their children off this school year the right way,” said Denise Jackson, Women’s Empowerment Coordinator for the Alameda County Family Justice Center about the donation from 1st United Credit Union. “Our children know that they are loved and will go far in their futures thank to the support from 1st United.”

1st United wishes to thank Credit Union members, local residents, Credit Union employees and volunteers, and Deacon Charitable Foundation for collectively donating just under half of the supplies and backpacks. The Credit Union made up the difference, donating $3,500 in supplies and backpacks to the effort.

Alternative Family Services (AFS) is a foster, adoptions and mental health agency that has been creating safe, permanent connections for foster children and youth in the Bay Area since 1978. 1st United has been proudly supporting AFS for many years.

Alameda County Family Justice Center’s mission is to ensure the safety, healing, and self-empowerment of victims of domestic violence and their children, of victims of sexual assault and exploitation, human trafficking, child abuse, stalking, and elder and dependent adult abuse through easily accessible, coordinated, comprehensive and culturally sensitive services.