Message from the President and CEO
Southland Gives Back
Credit unions were established on the foundation of, “People Helping People.” Over our 82-year history, Southland has adopted this philosophy as a guiding principle for giving back to our local communities. Last quarter, Southland debuted its first interactive charitable donation campaign on Facebook. Our #SCUGivesBack campaign empowers Members to nominate their favorite charity or non-profit organization for a chance to win a $500 donation from Southland Credit Union. In May, we presented a check to our first winner, Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos. We have made a commitment to donate $500 to three more non-profits this year, and we encourage all Members to participate by nominating their favorite non-profit organization on the Southland Credit Union Facebook page.
Our theme of giving continued this Spring with a gesture to continue the strong partnership between Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Harbor branch of Southland Credit Union. Southland made the first of four $25,000 donations to the medical center in April. Our donation contributes to a project fund to make improvements to the medical center’s cafeteria, specifically the outdoor patio seating area, where staff and visitors congregate for breaks and meals. We hope that this contribution will provide a positive impact to all those who rely on Harbor-UCLA for life-saving care and treatment.
In an effort to seek more ways to improve your experience with Southland, we have lowered the processing fee for the Skip-a-Pay program. Members with eligible loans have the opportunity to enroll in our Skip-a-Pay program to skip a payment and free up funds for holiday savings or a family vacation.
I am also excited to announce the debut of Southland Jr., our new financial literacy app for families. The Southland Jr. app promotes financial education through fun games you can play with your kids. Parents can also use the Parent’s Portal in the app to track allowance and chores. In addition to the Southland Jr. app, the new “It’s a Money Thing” education feature on SouthlandCU.org provides easy-to-follow videos to promote financial literacy at all ages.
We hope you enjoy some of the new ways you can interact with your Credit Union. We thank you for continuing to inspire us to provide new and innovative services for all our Members.
Thomas G. Lent, CPA
President & CEO