Teachers Credit Union annually shares its time and talent with its Day of Giving company-wide volunteer event. However, due to the pandemic TCU is changing its plan for 2020 and will instead give its treasure by making a $25,000 donation to city, county and township parks departments throughout Indiana and southwest Michigan.
Porter County and Lake County Parks will each receive $2,500 to benefit local recreational areas.
“The pandemic has reinforced the essential role parks play in our lives,” TCU President and CEO Paul Marsh said. “The local departments we’re supporting with our 2020 Day of Giving initiative have been a lifeline for the health and well-being of our communities in a time when daily activities have been severely limited.”
With volunteer opportunities unavailable due to COVID precautions, TCU refocused the initiative to encourage team members to participate in wellness activities. TCU is encouraging its employees to use Monday, October 12 — a paid day off — to take part in wellness activities, from walks, runs and bike rides to meditation and yoga to cooking classes that promote healthy eating.
TCU’s annual Day of Giving takes place on the second Monday in October. Previously, over 650 TCU team members spent the day away from their offices and service centers, volunteering with partner organizations in their local communities, such as Lakeshore PAWS, an animal shelter in Valparaiso and Tradewinds Services, a nonprofit that serves people with special needs in Hobart.
As part of its commitment to wellness, TCU also offers all employees access to free online resources to support their mental, emotional and physical health.
“With the strain of the pandemic taking a toll on everyone, we want to highlight the emphasis TCU places on personal wellness and to celebrate the role our local parks play in fostering healthy communities,” Marsh said. “We’re fortunate to have such places to gather with family and friends, exercise and experience nature — and never has the value of those activities been more evident.”