Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
March 15, 2023

Grow Financial Foundation 2022 Recap and What’s Ahead for 2023

The Grow Financial Foundation focuses on fulfilling purpose-driven work in workforce development, affordable housing, serving the unbanked and underbanked, financial literacy, and promoting other community organizations with similar purposes. We’re excited to share the wonderful accomplishments of the Grow Financial Foundation in 2022 and their plans to make 2023 an even bigger year for service — with quarterly community events and a variety of local partnerships.

Grow Financial Foundation: 2022 Impact

In 2022, the Grow Financial Foundation reached $57,890 in donations that helped 29 local organizations create meaningful change in our community. The Foundation supported a variety of charitable causes, including providing meals for families, helping veterans, promoting financial literacy and supporting youth development — just to name a few!

Thank you to all the volunteers, members, team members and organizations who collaborated with the Foundation throughout the year and made it all possible. Khenh Vong, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Grow Financial Foundation, said, “We are so grateful for the remarkable kindness and generosity you have shown throughout the year, donating to our various collection drives and demonstrating selflessness with your time and energy.”

Greater Good Champions

The Foundation accepts nominations for Grow team members who stand out in the area of volunteerism and recognizes a select few as Greater Good Champions. We would like to highlight the 2022 Greater Good Champion award winners: Tami Volkert, Bob Woerner, Tina Michalicka and Stefanie Storm. These Grow team members regularly go above and beyond to make our communities grow and were recognized for their personal commitment to serving others. Thank you, Tami, Bob, Tina and Stefanie, for modeling the spirit of what Growing the Greater Good means through your extraordinary investment in serving your communities!

Looking Ahead: 2023 Initiatives

Working to continually grow the greater good and make a positive difference in our community, the Foundation looks forward to hosting and sponsoring a variety of community volunteer events throughout 2023 — starting with the University Area Community Development Corporation’s Paint the Town event over MLK weekend. More than 40 Grow team members, along with many other volunteers from around Tampa Bay, came together for 21 beautification projects uplifting neighborhoods nearby USF’s Tampa campus. Read more about Paint the Town.

Exciting community service initiatives are just around the corner, including joining the Community Pet Project to support low-income families and their pets’ needs. We also look forward to the Foundation’s collaboration with the Florida Prosperity Partnership Coalition to bring Bright Minds, Fresh Ideas, to Hillsborough County. Through this partnership, Grow will host interns for a month, help fund the program costs, provide mentorships and present at the Summer Think Tank event at Grow Financial Headquarters.

The Grow Financial Foundation had an incredibly successful year in 2022, and we can’t wait to see how the Foundation dives deeper into community partnerships with their meaningful work in 2023! Here’s to another year of new initiatives and community service.

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