Philanthropic Partners Series: VyStar Credit Union
VyStar’s Commitment to The Arc Jacksonville
VyStar Credit Union and The Arc Jacksonville have a rich 15-year history of working together to support individuals with disabilities. VyStar continues to be a committed philanthropic partner, providing support through event sponsorships, program assistance and leadership.
In 2000, Terry West, VyStar President/CEO, served as one of the early chairs of The Arc Jacksonville’s annual fundraising event, Dinner with Bill & Friends, and in 2015 chaired the Dinner with Bill celebrating the organization’s 50-year anniversary milestone, raising $136,000 and exceeding all previous event totals. VyStar has generously sponsored the dinner each year since 2005.
“VyStar is honored to support the great work The Arc Jacksonville does in our communities. The Arc Jacksonville provides our fellow citizens with disabilities something we all need: to be a part of our own community and achieve a real sense of belonging,” says West.
In 2010, The Arc Jacksonville purchased VyStar’s former corporate headquarters for their Westside programs. Today, this site on Wesconnett Blvd. serves more than 100 individuals through day programs and services, including Triumph Industries and SOAR.
“We are grateful for VyStar’s unwavering support for nearly two decades. VyStar’s dedication to The Arc Jacksonville, and to the population as a whole of individuals with disabilities, has meant a great deal to our community,” says Jim Whittaker, President and CEO of The Arc Jacksonville.
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About VyStar Credit Union
VyStar Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Formerly Jax Navy Federal Credit Union, VyStar was chartered in 1952 by 12 founding members with $60 at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Their goal was to give civil service and military personnel and their families a safe place to save and borrow money.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, VyStar currently serves anyone who lives or works within 22 counties of Northeast and Central Florida. They are the fourth largest financial institution in Northeast Florida with $6.5 billion in assets and over 548,000 members. VyStar is nationally ranked as the 17th largest credit union in the country among 6,000+ credit unions by asset size, and the 13th largest employer in Northeast Florida with approximately 1,400 employees.
Currently, VyStar has 41 full-service branches, 11 high school branches and over 200 ATMs conveniently located throughout Northeast and Central Florida. Four full-service branches and two new high school branches are planned for 2017. VyStar strongly believes in supporting local nonprofits and the communities they serve. As a not-for-profit community credit union, they understand the importance of the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.”
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