Great Lakes Credit Union Collects 815 Winter Apparel Items for Children and Families in Need


Great Lakes Credit Union Collects 815 Winter Apparel Items for Children and Families in Need 

BANNOCKBURN, IL (Dec. 6, 2023) – Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is proud to announce the impact of their annual coat and winter gear drive, which collected 815 winter items to support Cradles to Crayons Chicago.

Cradles to Crayons Chicago provides essential items to children from birth to age 12, who live in homeless or low-income situations.

Throughout the month of November, collection boxes were stationed at all 13 GLCU branches. Members, employees, and community members rallied together to graciously donate both new and gently used coats and winter gear for children, women, and men.

"Thanks to the unwavering support of the GLCU community, this year's coat drive far exceeded expectations”, said Matthew Rizzie, Executive Director of the GLCU Foundation for Financial Empowerment. A remarkable 815 coats and other winter apparel items have been collected and will be distributed to those who need them most.”

In 2022, GLCU collected over 500 coats and other winter apparel – and the organization is pleased to have surpassed last year’s donation.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in this year's coat drive,” said Rizzie. “The outpouring of generosity from our community members is a testament to the credit union spirit of ‘people helping people’.”

While this year's coat drive has come to a close, GLCU remains committed to its mission of serving the community. Visit them at and to stay up-to-date on community events.


About Great Lakes Credit Union 

Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Northern Illinois, Great Lakes Credit Union is banking for a greater good. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative with over $1.3 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve around 80,000 members in Chicagoland and surrounding areas, and to give back to its members and communities through education, volunteerism, and partnerships. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives, and community development programs at

About the GLCU Foundation for Financial Empowerment:

The GLCU Foundation for Financial Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, committed to enhancing the financial wellbeing of its members, employees, and the community at large. It strives to enact positive change through financial literacy programs, donations, grants, sponsorships, and volunteer initiatives. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

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