Twice a year, City & County Credit Union hosts Making the Greater Good Even Greater. Small businesses and non-profits doing good in our community are nominated for a chance to win $2,000. Take a peek below at our winning organizations making a difference in our community.
April 2019 Non-Profit Winner
Founded in 2003 on the idea that people are worth more than things, Ruby's Pantry serves families of all denominations and background in rural areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
To activate people in alert to the needs of others and to be proactive in encouraging faith, showing friendship and meeting tangible needs of neighbors, friends and strangers regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
Ruby's partners with a local faith community or civic organization to host Pop-Up Pantry distributions once a month at one of 75 designated Pop-Up Pantry sites. Different than a regular food bank, Ruby's reaches out to communities where they live. Currently over 11,000 volunteers are involved monthly, donating over 125, hours annually.
"Ruby's Pantry is honored to receive the Making the Greater Good donation. Because Ruby's Pantry is funded entirely through donations, the funds will be able to assist individuals and families who are in need of food and grocery items and are not able to donate for their share through Blessing Boxes." Tracy Breault, Ruby's Pantry Marketing Specialist
April 2019 Small Business Winner
The experience of Friedman's is still tailored as it was in the 1920's, but you wouldn't know it by the wide variety of hip footwear they now carry today including Puma, Reebok, Adidas, Converse, Nike, New Balance & Perry Ellis.
Since the beginning, Friedman's has enjoyed giving back to the community with their annual back to school event, where they partner with the YMCA and local schools to provide children who are in need of shoes.
"This $2,000 donation will be going towards our back to school giveaway. Children in need will get a backpack full of school supplies and a pair of shoes. They'll also get a trip to the Moo Mobile, courtesy of Kemps."
Sue Friedman, Owner of Friedman's Department Stores