Heart Donates $3,500 to Local Organizations | Heart of Louisiana Credit Union

Heart Donates $3,500 to Local Organizations

Heart of Louisiana Credit Union donated $3,500 to two local organizations on Tuesday, Dec. 22. In their December board meeting, the Credit Union’s directors approved a $2,500 donation to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and a $1,000 Donation to the Hope House of Central Louisiana.

“We recognize not only what’s happening across the country, but also what’s happening right in our backyard, which is why our board felt it necessary to support local organizations taking care of the most vulnerable among us,” Cindy Beauregard, Heart of Louisiana CEO, said.

In a year marked by unprecedented economic devastation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and multiple hurricanes, these donations will allow these organizations continue their important work in Central Louisiana this holiday season.

For the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Tuesday’s donation was “right on time,” Linda Hutson, Food Bank of Central Louisiana director of development and community relations, said.

Jayne Wright-Velez, Executive Director – The Food Bank of Central Louisiana & Cindy Beauregard, CEO – Heart of Louisiana Credit Union.

Jayne Wright-Velez, Executive Director – The Food Bank of Central Louisiana & Cindy Beauregard, CEO – Heart of Louisiana Credit Union.

In a typical year, the organization distributes about 6 million pounds of food to individuals and families throughout Central Louisiana. However, due to the pandemic and Hurricanes Laura and Delta, upwards of two million pounds were distributed per month several times this year.

Additionally, the Food Bank more than doubled its number of mobile pantries operated every month from ten to 24 across the 11 parishes it serves. “It is really through donations like from Heart of Louisiana Credit Union and all the people we work with across the communities that keeps us going,” she said.

Sandy G. Ray, Hope House CEO and executive director, also acknowledged the critical role donations play in everyday operations, especially during the holiday season. “During the holidays, the community is kind and generous. Something like this [the donation] will help our life’s skills training program where one of the things that we focus on trying to equip these residents with life skills they can carry on when they leave here,” Ray said.

Sandy G. Ray, CEO – Hope House of Central Louisiana & Cindy Beauregard, CEO – Heart of Louisiana Credit Union

Sandy G. Ray, CEO – Hope House of Central Louisiana & Cindy Beauregard, CEO – Heart of Louisiana Credit Union

Those life skills include simple tasks like balancing a checkbook and paying bills on time – invaluable skills that will serve residents long after they leave Hope House.

Organizations like the Food Bank and Hope House provide vital support services to our friends and neighbors in Cenla in their hour of need, but they need our support to continue this good work. To learn more about their immediate needs and volunteer opportunities, visit www.fbcenla.org (The Food Bank of Central Louisiana) or www.cenlahopehouse.org (Hope House of Central Louisiana).

For more information on Heart of Louisiana Credit Union’s community initiatives, call 318-619-1902 or email cjones@heartcu.org.