“Providing brand new winter coats ensures that children can get to school in cold weather, also builds their confidence and helps them achieve academic success,” says Sterling nielsen, President and CEO of Mountain America Credit Union. “Mountain America is pleased to partner with our employees and Operation Warm to provide coats and shoes for children in need throughout Intermountain West.”
About 75% of Operation Warm students use the bus or foot to get to school, and 14.5% of Montana children live in poverty. Without access to basic necessities, including an appropriate coat, a child’s learning and social opportunities can be hampered. Over the past two decades, Operation Warm has given hope, warmth and confidence to more than four million children in the United States with the gift of a brand new winter coat.
“Thanks to the generous support of Mountain America Credit Union and Operation Warm, 240 Head Start children at Billing and surrounding communities will receive the gift of a new winter coat, ”says Janice King, Executive Director of Explorers Academy Head Start. “True to Operation Warm’s mission, a new coat ensures that a child will thrive socially in school and feel safe during the freezing winter months. Helping a low-income family meet this basic need of their child during the COVID-19 pandemic is paramount, as it ensures that household funds can be spent on health care costs and other necessary family expenses. Explorers Academy is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from Mountain America Credit Union and Operation Warm. “
Since 2020, Mountain America’s Employee Matching Program has raised more than $ 50,000 for local charities. Last year, this program provided more than 104,000 meals to local food banks. Over the past two years, Mountain America donated more than 4,000 coats and shoes thanks to its partnership with Operation Warm.
SOURCE Mountain America Credit Union