October 15 marked International Credit Union Day, and with the celebration came the chance to give back to the community.
Each week, employees at Kootenay Saving Credit Union pay two dollars and get to wear Care Wear clothing.
Care Wear was introduced in 2004 as a way to give back to the local communities. At the end of the year, head office matches what each branch has raised, and the money is donated to a group or charity.
The total this year was $712, and it went to the Terra Ponderra Clubhouse/Studio In Balance.
Studio In Balance is an artisan workshop and gallery that gives individuals living with the effects of mental illness an opportunity to create works of art, share ideas, and market their talent locally.
Nineteen different groups have benefitted this year, with an amount of $22,244 raised.
Since the program’s inception, about $280,000 has be invested in Kootenay communities.