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10 Great Deeds Down; 50 More To Go

by Amanda Hollingworth
November 30, 2018
CoastHills staff member Amanda Hollingworth poses with representatives from the SB County Food Bank as she donates 60 turkeys on behalf of the Credit Union

Back in August, CoastHills Credit Union celebrated its 60th birthday. But then we thought, “Why stop celebrating? Let’s keep the thanking our members and the community all year long.”

That’s when “Another great deed” was born. It’s a giving campaign where the Credit Union pledged to do 60 great deeds throughout the year to help celebrate our diamond anniversary.

Since then, we’ve been hard at work making sure to follow through on that pledge. Below, you’ll find details about the first 10 deeds, and between now and next August, we’ll have 50 more to come. So stay tuned to follow our progress. We’ll keep updating you along the way.

Lompoc Community Track & Field Project 

CoastHills partnered with local nonprofit  LVCHO to be a major player in  The Campaign for Lompoc Community Track and Field.  The fundraising effort, launched August 30th, set out to raise $1.2 million to renovate Lompoc High School’s Huyck Stadium.

Huyck Stadium has sported the same red clay track and grass football field since it was built in the 1960s ( just ask CoastHills Chief Marketing Officer Scott Coe). Unfortunately, the track isn’t something where the original is better. When it rains, the track and field flood, so it’s unusable for days until it dries out. The track also stains shoes red, so students concerned about preserving their shoes tend to opt for a bad grade instead of stepping on it. Perhaps most concerning, the track is dangerous — a fall on the gritty surface results in major road rash.

The Lompoc Community Track and Field project aims to upgrade the facility with a synthetic 9 lane track and artificial turf field. Although the stadium is a part Lompoc high school, it also hosts Cabrillo High School sports and a number of community events throughout the year. With the new upgrades, the stadium will allow both schools and all District students access to a modern field, allow Lompoc to host regional competitions, improve conditions for community events, and most importantly — the track and field will provide a safe, well-lit space for the general public to exercise in.

CoastHills partnered with our members to make an impact. For every dollar our members donated, we matched it. Thanks to the support of 97 of our members and community organizations,  we raised a combined $50,432 weeks earlier than we expected. Even better? An anonymous Santa Barbara area Foundation matched our donation bringing our contribution to a whopping $100,864 — the biggest local donation to the project.

Santa Barbara County Stand Down For Veterans

Next, we lent a hand to Santa Barbara County Stand Down for Veterans. The annual event, driven entirely by volunteers and donations, targets our local homeless, unemployed, and at-risk veterans to connect them with crucial services to get them back on their feet. 

More than 500 veterans came to the Santa Maria Fairpark on Saturday, October 20th to take advantage of clothing and toiletry donations, health and mental services, pet care, social services, legal services, haircuts, mobile showers, employment assistance, and more.

Clothing donations are one of the biggest needs the organization requires to put on a successful event. That’s where CoastHills came in — we put together 60 sets of sweatshirts and sweatpants in reusable tote bags for attendees to take home or to give them something clean to change into after visiting the mobile shower.

Although this year’s event has already passed, keep an eye out next Fall — the event is dependent on volunteers and donations and any help is welcome.

Cabrillo High School Aquarium

In celebration of International Credit Union Day on October 18th, CoastHills presented the Cabrillo High School Aquarium with a $5,000 donation. In September, Aquarium Director Greg Eisen launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign to make some much-needed upgrades to their aging filtration system and touch tank exhibit.

Since opening in 1999, the Aquarium provides hands-on learning and leadership opportunities for Cabrillo High School students. What’s more, the aquarium is an important part of the Lompoc Valley community — each year the facility hosts an estimated 7,000 visitors through tours to district elementary school classes and through monthly community Open Houses.

CoastHills is thrilled to make a splash in the fundraising effort to ensure the Aquarium can continue to serve our students and community for years to come.

Promoting Safe Trick or Treating 

Halloween is a tradition at CoastHills. Every year our staff get more and more creative with their themes and decorations. We also provided free reflective Trick or Treat bags with some great safety tips to our members. Enjoying the holiday has never been so easy (or safe!).

VAFB Spookfest 

For the 4th year in a row, VAFB organized a big Halloween festival for the kids on Base, and they needed a little community help to make it a success. We transformed the trunk of our car into a time machine, taking trunk-or-treaters back to 1958, our birth year. Dressed for the sock hop, our staff spent the night handing out candy to the 1000+ guests who came to enjoy the festivities.

ECOSLO Coastal Clean-Up Day 

Our Community Action Sponsorship Committee has been a longtime supporter of ECOSLO, a grassroots nonprofit that educates, advocates, and acts to protect and enhance our local environment. For this year’s Coastal Clean Up Day, employees from our San Luis Obispo and Atascadero branches pitched in their time to help make a difference at the annual event held on Saturday, September 15th.

The results recently came in, and the numbers are astounding — our group was among the 1,312 volunteers who picked up 5,668 pounds of trash from 36 locations throughout San Luis Obispo County in just a few hours. ECOSLO reported that most of the trash consisted of cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic, and glass… all things that can seriously injure or even kill beachgoers and marine animals alike.

Interested in keeping our beaches and backyard clean? ECOSLO regularly organizes smaller beach and park clean ups as well as coordinates hikes and other events to engage the community with our surroundings.

VAFB Pizza Party

On Thursday, November 8th we celebrated Veteran’s day a little early by welcoming the Base to our branch parking lot for a pizza party featuring ice cream from our friends at Doc Bornstein’s — putting a smile on over 350 faces.

Bridge House Dinner

The Bridge House Good Samaritan Emergency Shelter houses and feeds 100 homeless or displaced people in Lompoc every night. As a nonprofit, the organization relies heavily on community support to serve those who need a little help to get back on their feet. On Thursday, November 8th, we delivered 32 large pizzas to help them take care of dinner.

The Bridge House is always in need of support and donations, especially assistance for meals. They welcome groups and organizations to cook and serve, and are always thrilled to get items donated to their pantry. If you’re interested in helping out, contact them at (805) 735-4390.

The KCOY Annual Turkey Drive

Every year KCOY holds a turkey drive throughout the Central Coast. On Thursday, November 15th, our staff at our Santa Maria branch rounded up supplies to fully furnish two Thanksgiving meals — complete with turkey, gravy, stuffing, corn, canned fruit, and green bean casserole. They donated these items at KCOY’s Santa Maria location to benefit the local Good Samaritan shelters.

60 Turkeys for the Foodbank 

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a safety net that an estimated one in four people in our community depends on for support — and nearly 40% of those dependent on food support are children.

Every year the Foodbank runs a turkey drive to help our local needy families celebrate Thanksgiving, and every year they find themselves struggling to meet the need. This year they hoped to collect 3,000 turkeys, but with less than a week until the holiday, they were far from their goal.

Not only that, but the nonprofit suffered a devastating loss on October 15th when a delivery truck crashed — totaling the vehicle and resulting in the loss of 8,000 pounds of food meant for the holidays.

On Friday, November 16th — the last day the Foodbank could accept turkeys — CoastHills delivered 60 turkeys to the Santa Maria warehouse. Over the next few days, those turkeys were handed out along with canned and boxed goods so local families don’t have to go without a Thanksgiving feast.

Our “Another Great Deed” program is off to a great start, and we’re hard at work finding new ways to make a difference. Stay tuned for our next update.

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