by Lauren Halton
For the second year in a row Weltman, Weinberg & Reis sent out a call for nominations to all Ohio credit unions for our 2012 WWR Outstanding Community Partner award. Our goal is to honor credit unions that actively partner with their local communities to provide educational, community outreach and/ or community service programs. For the second year in a row, the response was enthusiastic and impressive, making selecting a winner very difficult! The winning credit union was Fiberglas Federal Credit Union of Newark, Ohio. Fiberglas Federal Credit Union’s vision supports the initial principals of the credit union movement: “People Helping People.” The credit union views being a community partner as a large component of its corporate culture. It instills in its employees the belief that their responsibility is not only to serve the needs of their membership but to also serve the needs of their community. All nine of Fiberglas’s Management Team serve active roles with charitable organizations. Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Licking County Coalition for Housing, Salvation Army and Saint Vincent de Paul Shelter to name just a few. Young served as Campaign Cabinet Chairman for the 2011-2012 United Way Campaign.
On May 11, 2012, Lauren Halton, credit union client representative for Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A. (WWR), presented Jay Young, CEO, and Shani Smith-Reed, Vice President of Marketing, of Fiberglas Federal Credit Union of Newark, Ohio with the 2nd annual 2012 WWR Outstanding Community Partner Award at the credit union’s main branch located at 215 Deo Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055. Along with the crystal trophy, Fiberglas Federal Credit Union was awarded a $1,000.00 check to assist with their future charitable endeavors.
All nominees demonstrated a company-wide commitment to community service and were recognized for their participation. Other nominees included CME Federal Credit Union (Columbus), Credit Union of Ohio (Hilliard), Eaton Family Credit Union (Euclid), Members First Credit Union (Columbus), Teleris Credit Union (Cleveland), and Telhio Credit Union (Columbus).
This award is meant to celebrate credit unions in Ohio that are investing time and resources into their communities and inspiring others through their work. We congratulate all our nominees on the work and commitment they have demonstrated, are proud to partner with Glass City Federal Credit Union as our inaugural winner and look forward to supporting credit unions for years to come.
*Pictured left to right: Jay Young (CEO, Fiberglas Federal Credit Union), Lauren Halton (WWR) and Shani Smith-Reed (Vice President of Marketing, Fiberglas Federal Credit Union)