|The magazine of University of Houston-Clear Lake
spring 2012 | volume 18 | number 2
Community Momentum: Shared inspirations guide community resources for children
JSC Federal Credit Union is passionate about education, especially when it comes to educating people about their finances. But, their zeal for education goes beyond their location in the heart of the Bay Area. Actively involved in the community, JSC FCU is an ardent sponsor of numerous educational events at UHCL. This continued assistance has led to the credit union's recognition with one of two Community Partnership Awards presented by UHCL President William A. Staples.
"JSC FCU and UHCL have mutual goals: to educate and foster members of our community so that they will be financially independent and prosperous and productive members of society," says JSC FCU Marketing and Business Development Manager Jennifer Robinett. "The more successful UHCL is in educating its students, the more likely they will become independent and free-minded individuals who can make educated decisions about finances for themselves and their families."
"UHCL is proud to have JSC FCU as a community partner," says Staples. "They represent everything that UHCL values in a partner and they strive to make our community a better place to live, not only by assisting their members with managing their assets, but also by offering their support to the local organizations, like UHCL, that make a difference."
Throughout the years, JSC FCU has supported many activities at the university including UHCL's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Speaker Series, annual Veterans Day festivities and new student orientations.
"Credit unions exist to help people, not to make a profit," adds Robinett. "UHCL is a valued and integral part of our local community and, as such, JSC FCU sees the importance of reaching out to students, faculty and staff."
JSC FCU knows and proves that while providing stable financial products to its members is incredibly important, money isn't everything. Sometimes, active involvement is what's needed to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Space Center Rotary Club helps mark the beginning of fall for many Bay Area residents when they host the rotary's annual Shrimporee. A popular event that supports the local community, the 2011 Shrimporee celebrated life for those with children who have autism spectrum disorders with proceeds benefitting UHCL's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Space Center Rotary Club's support of these well-deserving families as well as its more than 35 years of continuous involvement in connecting business leaders and organizations to UHCL have appropriately made it one of the recipients for this year's Community Partnership Awards.
"When a partner like Space Center Rotary Club shows their continued loyalty to the community by fundraising for multiple organizations including CADD, we know there is a commitment to helping others," says UHCL President William A. Staples. "This commitment is present in the rotary's motto of 'Service Above Self.'"
Chartered in the early 1960s, the Space Center Rotary Club has remained focused on its motto. Traditionally, the incoming president recommends who should receive funds from the Shrimporee.
"CADD was brought to my attention by a fellow Rotarian whose grandchild is autistic and thought this would be a good organization to support," says Space Center Rotary Club President-elect and Shrimporee Chairperson Marilyn Musial. That Rotarian was Jerry Smith, vice president at Merrill Lynch and a longtime member of UHCL's Community Partners Council.
Space Center Rotary Club President Mike Dennard listened to Musial's suggestion and, after visiting with CADD Director Dorothea Lerman, agreed.
"There are several criteria we consider," adds Dennard. "The program has to benefit everyone; provide services to the whole community and offer the services at no charge.
"CADD is the only one of its kind in this area to offer the services it provides."
Created by members of the community to serve and celebrate those around them, the Space Center Rotary Club not only recognizes their commitment to others, but also commemorates local organizations that support similar objectives.
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