This past spring, Kathy Winiarczyk, business development officer for Credit Union of Georgia, was honored as the winner of a friendly competition to raise money for the Communities In Schools Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County (CIS) Jail & Bail Fundraiser. Winiarczyk raised $2,539.23 for the cause.
The fundraiser raised a total of $18,064.18 for at-risk youth in Marietta and Cobb County. Winiarczyk not only participated on behalf of the Credit Union of Georgia, but the Credit Union also donated to the fundraiser. Executive Director of CIS, Natalie Rutledge shared, “We are so thankful for Kathy’s support and efforts to help make our first CIS Jail & Bail: Guilty for Caring for Kids a huge success! Kathy is a tireless servant leader and is always ready to give her time, talents, and resources to support the Cobb County community. With her sincere generosity and big smile, no job is too little or challenge too big. We are thankful for Kathy and the Credit Union of Georgia’s partnership with Communities In Schools and together we are #Allinforkids!”
Communities In Schools (cisga.org) is the nation’s leading dropout prevention and intervention organization. Improving graduation rates and addressing academic and non-academic challenges is important for at-risk youth — eight of 10 high school dropouts end up in the criminal justice system, CIS reports, and last year, six of 10 found guilty in Cobb County Superior Court were high school dropouts.
With the Credit Union of Georgia being founded by educators in Marietta and Cobb County, the Credit Union has a strong passion for giving back to the schools and programs that support education. When asked what she loves most about serving the community through the Credit Union, Winiarczyk stated, “I am proud to be part of an organization that prioritizes the community. My favorite part is getting to be hands-on in the community, whether that is actively fundraising or volunteering. Getting out there and meeting those we help is the best!”
Credit Union of Georgia supports CIS and the community of Marietta and Cobb County. To learn more about the Credit Union of Georgia and its fundraising efforts for local charities visit, CUofGA.org.