ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Affinity Plus was honored with the “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award Benefitting Local Communities” at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington D.C., June 17. Past recipients include Walter Cronkite, Steve Jobs, Peyton Manning and Michael Bloomberg.
Affinity Plus was honored for its unique approach to empower members and employees to give back to communities throughout Minnesota, and ultimately for building a culture of service. Its program includes “Charity of Choice” relationships with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Second Harvest Heartland, Special Olympics Minnesota, the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region, and the Affinity Plus Foundation. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics nominated Affinity Plus for the award.
Additionally, Affinity Plus orchestrates a statewide “Plus It Forward Day”, at which time employees, members, and the public are invited to join Affinity Plus in their efforts to spread intentional acts of kindness through volunteerism such as building a playground in Grand Rapids. In fact, a fundraising commitment by Affinity Plus’s Fergus Falls branch will “Plus It Forward” by restoring the town’s annual July 4 fireworks celebration this year.
“We’re incredibly honored to receive this award as it truly represents our cooperative commitment to giving back,” states Dave Larson, Affinity Plus President and CEO. “This award wouldn’t have been possible without the support and participation of our employees and members.”
The Jefferson Awards was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, founder and chairman of the National Development Council, to honor community service. Over the past 42 years, the Jefferson Awards has recognized over 50,000 individuals and organizations that inspire volunteerism and public service in workplaces and communities.
About Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative that puts people first above profits. We are committed to empowering consumers – for knowledge, for understanding and to know there are alternatives that focus on the success of people, not the bottom line. Members of Affinity Plus receive maximum value through competitive rates, minimal fees, and unique, member –centric products and programs. Affinity Plus is the largest credit union in Minnesota with state-based assets and has 27 branches located throughout the state. With more than $1.7 billion in assets, Affinity Plus is based in St. Paul and is owned by more than 180,000 members. Through a broad range of eligibility criteria, almost anyone can become a member of Affinity Plus. Additional information is available at www.affinityplus.org or by calling 800-322-7228.