On Aug. 4, 2021 the United States Coast Guard celebrated it’s 231st birthday as the nation’s oldest seagoing service. To honor it, Navy Federal Credit Union is all on to support coasties and their families.
NFCU is a nonprofit and member-owned organization dating back to 1933. Today, it is counted as the world’s largest credit union with over 10 million members.
“This actually started with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association reaching out to us...Certainly the mission of the Coast Guard is a strong one but hearing about how this group in particular is a force multiplier which allows them to really serve the substantial needs of our nation was eye opening,” Carrie Foran Sepulveda, Vice President of Membership of NFCU said.
The CGAA was founded during World War II because Congress knew it would need all the help it could get. Citizen volunteers with vessels were trained and over 50,000 would patrol the waters during the war. Today, their membership exceeds 24,000 and is the largest maritime volunteer organization in the world.
It’s through their unwavering support coasties can remain always ready, as their motto says.
After hearing about the background of the nonprofit and its vital service, partnering to support the Coast Guard community was an easy yes for NFCU.
“It seemed like a really great opportunity to serve this volunteer wing of an already fantastic service...Talking with them made it so clear our missions are aligned,” Sepulveda said.
A Give-And-Get campaign was launched on Aug. 15 and will run through Dec. 15, 2021. CGA volunteers and their family members who join NFCU will receive $25 for becoming a member and the credit union will turn around and donate $25 to the AuxA.
“It was clear it was going to be a great fit and opportunity to serve as many Coast Guard Auxiliarists and their family members as we can,” Sepulveda explained.
The association is equally as excited by the newly formed partnership. “We are very excited to ‘Welcome Aboard’ Navy Federal Credit Union as a partner with AuxA,” Alex Malewsk National Commodore Coast Guard Auxiliary and Chairman of AuxA said in a statement. “We thank them for their salute to our members who serve as volunteers in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.”
With the AuxA operating on donations and volunteers for its mission, the NFCU campaign could be a game-changer for the organization’s fundraising efforts.
“It seemed like a great way to make a difference,” Sepulveda added. “We are just kicking off this partnership and this is our first phase in understanding how we can serve this group. They are so inspired and really inspiring. I love this about them and how it perfectly aligns with how we see ourselves as an organization to serve those who serve.”
To learn more about the Give-And-Get campaign, Navy Federal Credit Union or the Coast Guard Auxiliary, click here.