In keeping with the credit union tradition of service and giving back, UECU has held two annual donation drives for several years now, the Mitten & Hat Drive and the School Supply Drive. We have been able to provide thousands of hats, mittens, scarves, and gloves to many children in need of essential winter wear. We have also provided schools & classrooms with supplies that they can give to students who don’t have what they need. Everything we receive in donations are distributed to schools that have a need around the metro Twin-Cities area and outstate Minnesota.
We typically run the Mitten & Hat Drive from mid-October to mid-December, and our School Supply Drive starts in July and ends August 31. However, we do accept donations at any time and will store them until the next donation period unless we have a school or educator that lets us know of an immediate need.
If you would like to help us out and have a donation of new winter weather gear or school supplies, you can drop them off (or mail in) at one of our 4 branch locations. We also take cash donations as well.
In 2018, we were able to partner with locally owned and operated Papa John’s Pizza stores to receive more mitten & hat donations. Thank you to Matt Olson for making this partnership happen. Check out the Press Release to find out what schools benefited from this cause.