Ribbon Cutting a huge success for the CCUF, NC and SC Credit Unions

GHS Children’s Hospital unveils new interactive, child-friendly lobby

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System and their families have a new interactive, child-friendly space in which to regroup and relax thanks to a $300,000 gift from Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.

Officials from the Foundation, which represents 169 credit unions in North and South Carolina, and representatives from GHS Children’s Hospital unveiled the new space today during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“Giving back is a core value of credit unions and aligns with our collective philosophy of people helping people,” said Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President and CEO John McGrail. “I am proud of the credit unions in North and South Carolina for coming together to transform this space into something warm and inviting for patients and families to enjoy during their hospital stay.”

The 1,900-square-foot lobby has been transformed from a standard hospital lobby to one that looks like an underwater adventure complete with 200 brightly painted metal fish hanging from the ceiling. An interactive submarine wall features interactive games like Bubble Pop, Music Notes, Dress Up and Painting. It also includes three mirror windows that allow children to see their reflection while playing games and digitally dress themselves in underwater-themed elements.

The new space also includes an existing salt water fish tank, child- and adult-sized furniture, and charging stations for electronic devices.

“By making this space more child-friendly, we are giving our patients and their families a place to have fun and be themselves during a difficult and stressful time,” said Dr. Bill Schmidt, medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to Carolinas Credit Union for recognizing the importance of not only treating the patient but the well-being of the entire family.”

About Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System
Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System serves as the region’s source for pediatric care. The hospital treats more than 180,000 infants, children and adolescents each year from South Carolina, Western North Carolina, Northern Georgia and beyond.

About Carolinas Credit Union Foundation
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation represents the cooperative efforts of credit unions in North Carolina and South Carolina in working together today to make for a better tomorrow by helping people help themselves. The Vision of the CCUF is to “enrich the lives of children in the Carolinas.” For more information, visit carolinasfoundation.org or contact John McGrail at (704) 305-7587 or
john@carolinasfoundation.org.


Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to be held December 3, 2013
 Greenville Health Systems Children’s Hospital Fundraising more than 2/3 complete

Fundraising to complete the lobby renovation at the GHS Children’s Hospital has cleared the $200,000 hurdle! The goal of the Project remains $300,000 and as of October 31 more than $225,000 has been raised or is pledged to come in. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Project is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, at 10:30 am at the Hospital. If your Credit Union or organization would like to be recognized as an official donor to the Project please let John McGrail at the Foundation know at john@carolinasfoundation.org no later than November 15. The GHS Children’s Hospital community is thrilled to have the support of North and South Carolina Credit Unions coming together to make this kind of impact on their patient families. If your Credit Union is not yet on the donor list please consider what you might do to complete this great work!


GHS Children''s Hospital Groundbreaking celebrated on July 10

Pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System and their families will soon have an interactive, child-friendly space in which to regroup and relax thanks to a $300,000 pledge from Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.

Officials from the Foundation, which represents 169 credit unions in North and South Carolina, and GHS Children’s Hospital revealed plans for the space today during a ground breaking ceremony.

“Giving back is a core value of credit unions and aligns with our collective philosophy of people helping people,” said Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President and CEO John McGrail. “I am proud of the credit unions in North and South Carolina for coming together to transform this space into something warm and inviting for patients and families to enjoy during their hospital stay.”

The 1,900-square-foot lobby will be transformed into an underwater adventure and feature 200 brightly painted metal fish hung from the ceiling. An interactive submarine wall will feature interactive games like Bubble Pop, Music Notes, Dress Up and Painting, as well as three mirror windows that allow children to see their reflection while playing games. For example, when playing Dress Up, children can digitally dress themselves in the mirror with underwater-themed elements.

The new space will also include an existing salt water fish tank, child- and adult-sized furniture, and charging stations for electronic devices.

“We are grateful for partners like the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, who give generously so that we can better serve our patients,” said Dr. Bill Schmidt, medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital. “This space will give our patients and families a place to rest between treatments. And best of all, it will provide a space for kids to do what they do best – have fun.”

Have fun is what eleven-year-old cystic fibrosis patient Hazel Hill wants to do all the time, even when she’s in the hospital.

“When I come to the hospital, I’m here for two or three weeks. I miss being at home and playing with my friends. I like this space because it means I have a place to go to play games and have fun with my family and other kids who are staying at the hospital.”

Construction of the new lobby is expected to be completed by October.


About Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System
Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System serves as the region’s source for pediatric care. The hospital treats more than 180,000 infants, children and adolescents each year from South Carolina, Western North Carolina, Northern Georgia and beyond.

About Carolinas Credit Union Foundation
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation represents the cooperative efforts of credit unions in North Carolina and South Carolina in working together today to make for a better tomorrow by helping people help themselves. For more information, visit carolinasfoundation.org or contact John McGrail at (704) 305-7587 or
john@carolinasfoundation.org.


NC and SC Credit Unions setting their sights on Greenville!

Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Announces Part II of our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital two-state Focus Project

 

After successfully raising more than $300,000 on behalf of CUNA’s community leave-behind service project at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is endeavoring to complete a similar scope project in Greenville, SC.  The goal is again $300,000 to improve the lobby facilities at Greenville Hospital Systems Children’s Hospital as well as constructing an outdoor healing garden.

Representatives from several Greenville area Credit Unions as well as the CCUF and GHS met in June 2012 to start to lay the grounwork for the Project and will continue to meet regularly to bring the visions to life. 

 Just as Credit Unions from both North and South Carolina came together to make the Levine Children’s Hospital outdoor garden area a reality we know that it will take the best efforts of both states to make the same impact on families in the Greenville community.  To join this great effort contact the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation at john@carolinasfoundation.org or phone at 704.305.7587.  You can follow the progress of the Project on the Foundation’s Facebook page or on twitter @CCUFoundation.  Thank you for being a part of this great work!


NC and SC Credit Unions stepping up to the plate!

North Carolina and South Carolina Credit Unions are coming together to help kick off the new focus project of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation beginning in 2012.  Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh was among the first to deliver on their commitment to the project. 

 

 

January 4, 2012--Children and their families who find themselves at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte will have a new place to take a respite come this fall, thanks to a project coordinated by the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF) that just received a $25,000 donation by Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU).

 

The CCUF is taking the local lead to organize this project, which is being spearheaded by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). The idea is to rally credit unions in the communities surrounding the two cities hosting the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Charlotte is hosting the democratic convention this September. The Southeastern Credit Union Foundation (SECUF) has kicked-off a similar major project in honor of the (RNC) in Tampa in August.

 

LGFCU’s donation will go toward the renovation of a rooftop garden that serves as a playground and retreat for children and their families who find themselves at the hospital. After the Levine renovation, the CCUF seeks to accomplish a similar goal for a South Carolina children’s hospital. The financial target for the two-phased project in North and South Carolina is $600,000.

 

“We hope the two-phased approach will help build political goodwill for the two states,” explains CCUF President John McGrail. “As the conventions bring the national spotlight to our area, we have the opportunity to shine a light on all the great things credit unions do in their communities every day.”

 

LGFCU President Maurice Smith would like to see other credit unions follow suit to ensure this project is a success.  “I issue a challenge to other credit unions,” says Smith. “This is our time to pull together and truly make a difference in the lives of the children in this hospital and their families. When all eyes are on us, let’s show the kinds of great things we can do.”

 

Your Credit Union and Chapter can become involved just as LGFCU so generously has. Click to pick up your Pledge Form and get on board with this worthwhile project today!


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