LEAVEN honors Community First with special award

LEAVEN award.An award named after LEAVEN founder Father Robert A. Udulutsch has been presented to Community First Credit Union in honor of its generous support of the agency both financially and through in-kind contributions.

“We are honored to recognize Community First Credit Union for their unparalleled corporate citizenship with the 2020 Robert A. Udulutsch Award,” said Kiara West, LEAVEN’s Volunteer & Community Development Coordinator. Due to COVID19, agency officials delayed presentation of the award until returning to an in-person Community 2022 celebration in April.
“As the largest donor to our capital campaign, Community First helped fulfill our dreams of a one-stop resource center,” said West of the expansion-remodeling at the LEAVEN Fox Cities Community Resource Center, 1475 Opportunity Way, Menasha.
John Nygaard with award LEAVEN is a nonprofit agency offering programs and services to individuals and families in various stages of financial crisis who have nowhere else to turn for help. From struggling homeowners to people struggling with homelessness, it works with people of all ages and incomes (or no income), offering access to support and assistance with basic financial needs in seeking to prevent vulnerable households from slipping into greater poverty, homelessness or ill health.
West said the Community First Community Room recognizes the credit union’s valuable role with the nonprofit that includes significant leadership and expert guidance over the years on its Board of Directors.
West presented the award to CFCU’s John Nygaard, VP Business Lending, who recently completed nine years of board service but still serves on LEAVEN’s Investment Committee.
“Their investment wasn’t about building a room, but rather about building a community,” said West. The 48-person capacity Community First Community Room serves a variety of purposes and people, including group activities, hosting meetings and training for businesses and nonprofits, social support, public information, and community celebrations.
“If the walls could talk, they would tell the stories of an unemployed father attending a job fair; of a parent sharing the challenges of a loved one’s addiction; of a woman learning to knit in an art therapy class; of a person learning First Aid to assist in a medical crisis or Emotional CPR to help in an emotional crisis; of a book group learning about domestic violence,” West said.

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