VACAVILLE, CA — Travis Credit Union Monday announced that it has launched and implemented its $1 million philanthropic initiative, which was disbursed to local organizations working to provide COVID-19 related relief to non-profits primarily focused on services in the areas of education, youth/family, food banks and small business support.

These nearly 100 non-profits in the counties of Contra Costa, Napa, Solano, Merced, and Yolo were notified via personal phone calls, including several from Barry Nelson, president and CEO of TCU.

In determining the donation amount allocated for each agency, TCU considered the organization’s total size, scope of service, statement of immediate needs, as well as all facets of support being offered to local individuals and families impacted by COVID-19.

The $1 million in donations represents TCU’s commitment to serve as a financial institution that truly cares about the community’s financial needs and well-being. In addition, TCU intends to match up to $4,000,000 given to the TCU Foundation from other organizations, corporations and individuals.

Monument Crisis Center was one of the local nonprofits who received notification of the donation on Thursday afternoon. Sandra Scherer, executive director of Monument Crisis Center, accepted the donation. Senator Steve Glazer, California State Senator, also joined the video call to help make the announcement.

Click here for one minute video featuring Sandra Scherer, executive director, as she is notified via Zoom of the donation.

“Thank you so much for this support,” said Scherer on the call. “It’s most needed, and I think it sends a message out there to folks that they too can do something really good for the community. We know that people want to help.”

Monument Crisis Center serves low income families and individuals in Contra Costa County. In the past few weeks, the number of people seeking help from Monument Crisis Center has tripled since the first shelter in place order was issued.

“I want to thank Travis Credit Union, its board, employees and account holders for stepping up in such a significant way for the Monument Crisis Center,” said Senator Glazer. “You see every day the look in the eyes of all those family members who stop by because they’re hungry and need help.”

“We’re hoping this philanthropic initiative encourages other organizations, corporations and individuals to join the TCU Foundation as new community partners, enabling us to do even more to help organizations that are so essential to lessening the impact of the pandemic,” said Nelson. “We ask that you please visit tcufund.org today to become a partner of the foundation, make a much-needed donation, and help raise hope in our communities.”

In Contra Costa County the following non-profits received funds:

  • Antioch Chamber of Commerce
  • Antioch Schools Education Foundation
  • Cancer Support Community
  • CocoKids
  • Concord Salvation Army
  • Concord Senior Center
  • Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department
  • Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Contra Costa Family Justice Centers
  • East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
  • First 5 Contra Costa
  • First Place for Youth
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
  • Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
  • Legal Services of Northern California
  • MDUSD Education Foundation
  • Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa
  • Monument Crisis Center
  • Monument First 5 Center
  • Monument Impact
  • Multicultural Institute
  • Oakley Chamber of Commerce
  • Opportunity Junction
  • Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
  • Richmond Chamber of Commerce
  • Richmond Promise
  • Rubicon Programs
  • RYSE Center
  • San Pablo Economic Development Corporation
  • Shelter Inc.
  • SparkPoint Contra Costa
  • STAND! For Families Free of Violence
  • United Service Organizations (USO) Northern California
  • VESTIA Inc.
  • West Contra Costa Public Education Fund
  • West County Reads

Click here for one minute Contra Costa County of Education Notification Video
Click here for one minute STAND! Notification Video

For further information and a list of all donation recipients, please visit traviscu.org.

Headquartered in Vacaville, California, TCU is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Merced, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo Counties. Currently, TCU is the 13th largest credit union in California, with more than 214,000 members and more than $3.3 billion in assets. As one of the leading financial institutions in Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Yolo, and Merced Counties, TCU’s strength lies in its faithful commitment to its members and the community, and its solid, secure history and long-standing track record of dedicated service.

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