CU Hawaii FCU combines staff team building with community giving

on "September 04, 2019 9:29 am"

CU Hawaii FCU held its employee conference on August 24. This was the credit union’s second conference for 2019 and had 87 employees in attendance. During the conference, employees tasked with completing a team-building project. This time, the completed project took a heartwarming turn and brightened the lives of underprivileged kids in the community.

Employees were grouped into 17 teams and each was to build a brand new bicycle. There were 17 workstations with 6 employees on each bike build. The employees were not told why they were building bicycles; it was just a team project. When all the bicycles were completed volunteers from Mid Pacific Wheels gave each bike a safety inspection.

Meanwhile, in another room 17 children, ages 6 to 10 were eating cookies, drinking juice, and designing their own thank you card.  These kids are part of the Lili’uokalani Children’s Center in Hilo and the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island These children didn’t know why they were writing a thank you card but were told they were going to get a big surprise.

The “big reveal” was a surprise to both employees and kids. Each child was given their own brand new bicycle. It was an emotional moment as these underprivileged children may have never owned a bike, let alone a brand new bike. The credit union employees were also touched by the genuine joy on the faces of each child.

Volunteers from Enterprise Truck Rentals transported the bikes to the two receiving agencies for the children and families to pick up.

“When our employees and the kids came together the reaction was priceless,” said Cheryl Weaver, CU Hawaii FCU VP of marketing.

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CU Hawaii FCU CEO James Takamine and staff share the excitement with their bike's recipient.

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CU Hawaii FCU's Cheryl Weaver leads the group of excited kids down to the see the big surprise.