SPIRE Credit Union has been honored with the 2016 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. SPIRE also won the prestigious award 2013 – 2015. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes credit unions for the activities they coordinate that benefit their community or a specific charity.
SPIRE’s Social Responsibility efforts originate with its Give Back Team that supports local branch communities through a variety of efforts. SPIRE employees are passionate about building a better world, one person at a time, reaching out to those who may not otherwise have help. In one year, this collaborative effort resulted in each of SPIRE’s 211 employees being engaged on different occasions throughout the 120+ events and activities, 2,850 employee hours, $26,000 given back, and countless lives changed.
“In the spirit of the Dora Maxwell Award, SPIRE’s Give Back Team’s purpose is to promote social responsibility. The remarkable efforts coordinated by our employees provide invaluable benefits the communities we serve,” said Dan Stoltz, SPIRE President/CEO. The Credit Union’s winning entry will advance to the national competition, where it will compete with financial education projects from credit unions in other states.
The award is named in honor of Dora Maxwell, an early credit union pioneer. One of the original signers of CUNA's constitution at Estes Park, Colorado, Maxwell worked as an organizer for the movement's trade association (then called the Credit Union National Extension Bureau). In addition to organizing hundreds of credit unions, she developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked with organizations on behalf of the poor.