Del Norte Credit Union donates $787 to The Food Depot. From left, DNCU H.R. Specialist Kathy Ritschel, The Food Depot Executive Director Sherry Hooper and DNCU Marketing Director Diego Munoz. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative finishes strong during an annual Grateful Gram campaign between employees. The initiative aims to raise funds for one of the leading organizations that feed underprivileged families across Northern New Mexico, The Food Depot.
“The goal is to remind each other of the great work that we do for our members and the communities we serve,” Talent Development Specialist Kathy Ritschel said. “Together we can show appreciation while being kind to one another.”
Employees are able to purchase grateful grams for a small donation, write a thoughtful note to the receiving employee about a time when she or he helped or inspired them during the year. The recipient is also given a Del Norte Credit Union star sticker, entitling them to a casual dress any day of the week. In total, $787 was raised from $1 donations—all from DNCU employees.
“The success of this campaign is meaningful as it shows that our employees are willing to get involved for a good cause, but it also speaks of great team-work throughout the year—and the celebration of those accomplishments”, Del Norte Credit Union CEO/President Chuck Valenti said. “Our culture of improving lives is enhanced as we support each other in this way.”
Additionally, Del Norte Credit Union sponsors the Food Depot’s Mobile Food Pantry in El Rito and Abiquiu and helped more than 880 people each month for six months in 2017. In 2018, another stop was added. Del Norte Credit Union has committed to help more than 200 people in Los Alamos County. The Food Depot’s Mobile Food Truck stops at 21 sites each month in Northern New Mexico, helping more than 6,500 people.
About Del Norte Credit Union Chartered in 1954, Del Norte Credit Union is dedicated to helping its members achieve their financial goals by being a trusted source of unbiased financial advice. Today DNCU serves more than 46,000 members throughout New Mexico.