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Supporting local charities makes our community stronger
Did you know you are making a difference in your community — simply by being a Numerica Credit Union member? Each year, Numerica gives back at least 5% of its profits to the community. As a member, you are part of putting people above profits.
In addition to financial gifts, Numerica provides resources to help members care for the well-being of our community in day-to-day life.
Living well begins with helping others
When you give where you live, you show your love and dedication to our community. You become an important part of making an impact, whether through donations, volunteerism, or fundraising.
Adopting this philosophy is simple once you create the mindset and framework to make it happen:
- Budget to share — as well as spend and save
- Give to causes that are close to your heart
- Volunteer — a way to give back even if you’re low on funds
- Make giving time and/or money a consistent practice
- Receive the gift of giving
Spend, Save, Share
When setting your budget, a good rule of thumb is to think about Spend, Save, Share. It’s a great guideline to strive for in a budget. You should be spending no more than 70% of your income, saving 25%, and sharing 5% with the community.
“You can measure the quality of a community by the way in which we take care of those in need,” said Carla Cicero, Numerica president and CEO. “Support from our loyal members has helped to build a strong foundation, inspiring Numerica to give back at least 5% of our earnings to our community by supporting causes that lend a helping hand, create leaders, and celebrate our community.”
We often overlook “share” in budget conversations. But when you help others, you make our community stronger.
Let’s talk about how you can make it possible to give 5% back as well!
How to budget to share
Understanding where you spend your money is the first step to creating a budget. Numerica has a free budget workbook that will help walk you through the steps.
Budgeting your savings is an important part of making sure you live well through life’s twist and turns.
When it comes to tracking the money you share, make sure to take credit for what you’re already doing. Do you buy popcorn from the kids who come door to door or give money at church? These are examples of giving back. You may already be supporting our community — so make it count in your budget!
Want to give but not sure where to start?
What are the causes close to your heart? Do you want to lend a helping hand, create leaders, or celebrate community?
Numerica provides funding support to local nonprofits focusing on systemic issues impacting our community like poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, crisis intervention, and access to quality education.
In Spokane, for example:
- Women’s Hearth and Hope House serve women and families experiencing homelessness
- Family Promise of Spokane provides emergency shelter to families with children
- Big Table offers housing stability assistance in an effort to prevent homelessness
In North Idaho:
- Safe Passage supports victims fleeing domestic violence, sexual violence, and child victimization
- Idaho Youth Ranch’s equine therapy program helps youth heal from trauma, abuse, or neglect
- SAGE,a crime victim service center, uses a therapy dog to comfort clients (especially children) as they share their story of abuse and neglect in forensic interview sessions
- Chaplaincy Health Careprovides grief care programs for all ages for those journeying through the pain of loss
These are just a few examples of local nonprofits caring for our communities.
Ways to give back even if you’re broke
If you’re not able to give money, volunteering is a great way to give back to your community.
Here are some other ways you could give on a tight budget:
- Clean out your closet
- Check your pantry
- Give blood
- Become a mentor
- Use a skill to help another (cooking, carpentry, shoveling snow)
Make giving a consistent practice
Who doesn’t love a surprise gift? We all do, but the key to make giving a part of your financial well-being is to do it regularly. Many nonprofits rely on consistent support. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but a monthly pledge of time or money allows them to plan, too. Plus, you know you’re doing good in your ’hood every month without having to remember to send a check.
Every time you support a local charity, you make our community stronger. Every little bit counts. When we work together, we make life better for everyone (including ourselves).