Staff at the 20th street location of Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Castlegar tallied all of the money they’ve been setting aside through payroll deductions this past year and made a $1,000 donation to the Jumpstart program on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The date was chosen to coincide with Credit Union Day and tied in nicely with this year’s theme, “Unite for Good; A Better Way.” Refreshments, treats, prizes, games and contests were all available to the public, who were invited to learn more about the ways the credit union operates in Castlegar.
The amount raised was actually $976, collected over the course of the year through the CareWear payroll program, but staff wanted to make it an even number and brought it up to $1,000.
Information provided by Jumpstart states that one in three families cannot afford to enrol their kids in organized sports and recreation.
The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program is a community-based charitable program helping kids aged 4-18 participate in organized sports and recreation such as hockey, dance, soccer and swimming, so they can develop important life skills, self esteem and confidence.
Kerry Saari, local organizer of Jumpstart and owner of Canadian Tire, said donations made to the program directly support local children and was very appreciative of the financial boost.
The Jumpstart program covers costs such as registration fees, transportation and equipment.