Spark the Spirit - Veridian


'Tis the season for giving


Central Iowa 'Sparks the Spirit' of giving with $8,500 in donations from Veridian.

Central Iowans cast 20,600 votes and picked three local nonprofit organizations to receive $8,500 in donations from Veridian Credit Union’s Spark the Spirit giving campaign. Voting results were announced and checks were presented to top vote-getters on Giving Tuesday, November 28. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa received 9,090 votes and the campaign’s top donation of $5,000.

Left to right: Neil Kennedy, Branch Manager, Veridian Credit Union; Jessica Jorgensen, Digital Content Coordinator, Animal Rescue League; Ashley Pech, Marketing Coordinator, Animal Rescue League

Meals from the Heartland received $2,500 with 8,562 votes.

Left to right: Rachel Meyer, Branch Manager, Veridian Credit Union; Susan Bunz, Executive Director, Meals from the Heartland

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter received 808 votes and $1,000.

Left to right: Jason Rosa, Program and Finance Assistant, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter; Shelly McGill, Central Iowa Region Manager, Veridian Credit Union; Jana Daisy, Community Activities Manager, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter

Employees at Veridian’s Des Moines-area branches nominated eight local nonprofit organizations for the campaign. Public votes submitted from November 15-26 determined three to receive the donations.

“We created Spark the Spirit to be a cooperative giving experience,” said Shelly McGill, Veridian’s central Iowa regional manager. “By sharing this process, we’re working together to strengthen our community. Now that it’s done, we can all find ways to carry that spirit of giving forward.”

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