The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian this week:
WFIU partners with IU Credit Union and Beacon for Giving Tuesday
Bloomington, Ind., November 18, 2022 – WFIU Public Radio, IU Credit Union and Beacon are teaming up to help give back to the Bloomington community this Tuesday, November 29.
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that was created in 2012 to encourage people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a global, year-round movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity.
For every contribution WFIU receives on Giving Tuesday, the IU Credit Union will provide a pair of socks to the Shalom Center, Beacon’s daytime shelter in Bloomington.
“The most requested item by homeless people when they first enter our shelter is a pair of warm, dry socks,” said Reverend Forrest Gilmore, Beacon’s executive director. “When you lose your home, you often lose just about everything else too. Lifting people up by helping them with the basics like food, shelter and clothing is the first step in the journey home. This Giving Tuesday partnership with IU Credit Union and WFIU will help make this first step a smooth one.
WFIU station operations director John Bailey said Giving Tuesday is a time to celebrate the good that all public service organizations, including public radio stations and organizations like Beacon, do on a daily basis.
“Thanks to the generosity of IU Credit Union, we can share the limelight. WFIU listeners will not only be able to reinforce the essential news and music they rely on, but also do a little more to support Beacon, which offers so much to the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Bailey.
The WFIU’s goal is to raise $25,000 on Tuesday in donations, which would equal nearly 170 pairs of socks to be provided to Beacon by the IU Credit Union.
“IU Credit Union values serving our community in a way that makes a positive and lasting impact,” said Karen Earley-Mullis, Chief Marketing Officer of IU Credit Union. “We are proud to partner with WFIU and Beacon to provide warm, essential items to those in need in our community.”
About the WFIU
Public Radio WFIU is South-Central Indiana’s source for news, arts and music programming, broadcasting from the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The station is one of the original 90 founding members of NPR and currently features programming from that network and other national and regional program providers. WFIU serves over 20 Indiana counties and is available on 103.7 FM and 101.9 FM (WFIU2) in Bloomington, 100.7 FM in Columbus, 101.7 FM in French Lick/West Baden, 98.9 FM in Greensburg, 106.1 FM in Kokomo, 100.1 FM (WFIU2) in Seymour, 95.1 FM in Terre Haute and streaming at wfiu.org.
About the tag
Beacon is a solution-focused anti-poverty organization dedicated to helping and empowering people experiencing extreme poverty, especially hunger and homelessness. Founded in 2000 in response to a growing community concern about the needs of homeless people, Beacon has grown rapidly over the past two decades to become the largest non-profit housing provider for children and adults. struggling with homelessness in Monroe County. Learn more about beaconinc. org.
About IU Credit Union
Founded in 1956, IU Credit Union is a community financial institution headquartered in Bloomington, IN. IU Credit Union is a leading provider of consumer and residential mortgages, business loans, deposit services, investment services, and a provider of financial education. With assets exceeding $1.5 billion, IU Credit Union serves more than 70,000 members and ranks among Indiana’s largest credit unions. Membership is open to Hoosiers who live or work in 65 Indiana counties. Committed to improving the lives of its members, employees, and the communities it serves, IU Credit Union has received numerous community engagement awards, including United Way’s prestigious Pillar Award. Learn more at iucu.org.