The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian this week:
WFIU to Partner with IU Credit Union and Beacon for Giving Tuesday
Bloomington, Ind., November 18, 2022 — WFIU Public Radio, IU Credit Union, and Beacon are partnering to help give back to the Bloomington community this Giving Tuesday, November 29.
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that was created in 2012 to encourage people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
For every contribution that WFIU receives on Giving Tuesday, the IU Credit Union will provide a pair of socks to the Shalom Center, Beacon’s day shelter in Bloomington.
“The single most requested item from people without homes when they first enter our shelter is a warm, dry pair of socks,” said Rev. Forrest Gilmore, executive director of Beacon. “When you lose your home, you often lose just about everything else, too. Lifting people up by helping them with the basics like food, shelter, and clothing is the first step in the journey back home. This Giving Tuesday partnership with IU Credit Union and WFIU will help make that first step a gentle one.”
WFIU station operations director John Bailey says that Giving Tuesday is a time to celebrate the good that all public service organizations, including public radio stations and organizations like Beacon, do on an everyday basis.
“Thanks to IU Credit Union’s generosity, we can share the spotlight. WFIU listeners not only will be able to strengthen the essential news and music they rely on, but also do a little extra in support of Beacon, which offers so much to the most vulnerable people in our community,” Bailey said.
WFIU’s goal is to raise $25,000 on Giving Tuesday, which would equal nearly 170 pairs of socks to be provided to Beacon by the IU Credit Union.
“IU Credit Union values serving our community in ways that make a positive and lasting impact,” said Karen Earley-Mullis, IU Credit Union marketing manager. “We’re proud to partner with WFIU and Beacon to provide warm, essential items to people in need in our community.”
WFIU Public Radio is south central Indiana’s source for news, arts, and music programming, broadcasting from the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The station is one of the original 90 charter members of NPR and currently offers programming from that network and other national and regional program providers. WFIU serves more than 20 counties in Indiana and is available at 103.7 FM and 101.9 FM (WFIU2) in Bloomington, 100.7 FM in Columbus, 101.7 FM in French Lick/West Baden, 98.9 FM in Greensburg, 106.1 FM in Kokomo, 100.1 FM (WFIU2) in Seymour, 95.1 FM in Terre Haute, and streaming at wfiu.org.
Beacon is a solutions-driven, anti-poverty organization, dedicated to aiding and empowering people experiencing extreme poverty, especially hunger and homelessness. Founded in 2000 in response to a growing community concern about the needs of people without homes, Beacon has grown rapidly these past two decades to become the largest nonprofit provider of housing for children and adults struggling with homelessness in Monroe County.Learn more at beaconinc.org.
About IU Credit Union
Founded in 1956, IU Credit Union is a community-based financial institution headquartered in Bloomington, IN. IU Credit Union is a leader in consumer and residential mortgage lending, business lending, depository services, investment services, as well as a provider of financial education. With assets exceeding $1.5 billion, IU Credit Union serves more than 70,000 members and ranks among the largest credit unions in Indiana. Membership is open to Hoosiers who live or work in 65 Indiana counties. Committed to improving the lives of its members, employees, and the communities it serves, IU Credit Union has received numerous community involvement honors including the United Way’s prestigious Pillar Award. Learn more at iucu.org.