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Outreach is an important part of our credit union's mission. Learn more about the variety of ways which we support our local communities below.

 

2017 Community Activity

In 2017, Cedar Point donated more than $20,000 to community organizations and events which fit within our mission and goals. We partnered with 37 local non-profit organizations to help them further their goals and to contribute to the success of their community events. Additionally, our mobile ATM visited 21 events throughout the Southern Maryland region, providing ATM services to thousands of patrons over the course of the year.

See our Community Blog below for a recap of recent events we've attended. To learn more about this year's successes, download our Annual Report.

Our Year in Numbers

WhoHow ManyWhat
Employees volunteered 1863 combined hours in the community
Employees and members donated 232 pounds of food to pantries in St. Mary's & Calvert Counties
Employees  and members donated 641 warm coats to local missions
Employees served on 21 boards and committees
Employees donated 169 backpacks full of school supplies to students in Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's counties

Community Blog


What is a Lighthouse?

by Kristin Kauffman, Marketing Manager


 

Today, on a whim, I conducted an internet search for “What is a lighthouse?” Wikipedia’s definition was what you’d expect. But the deeper idea of how Cedar Point Light represents our credit union was not lost on me.


A lighthouse exists to guide weary sailors in from murky waters on dark nights or foggy days. The lighthouse stands tall and sturdy, wearing bright colors, as if to say, “Safety and security is here. Follow me.”


A lighthouse is a homecoming and a safe harbor. Throughout history, legendary Chesapeake Bay watermen and time-honored Navy sailors alike had seen the beacon of the Cedar Point Light shining just beyond the confluence of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. Perhaps they thought, “I will have a warm bed and a full stomach tonight.” When they’d see the lighthouse from the swelling sea, they thought of family, firm ground under their feet and a bright future.


Imagine the founders of our credit union seventy-three years ago gathering in a small room on the new Navy base and wondering, “What do we stand for?” They named it Cedar Point Federal Credit Union, adopting the lighthouse out on the point as a beacon, a guide, and most importantly, a logo. The lighthouse logo, which we still use today, stands to guide our members in from the endless waters.

 


Posted: September 28, 2018

Posted by: Kristin Kauffman, Marketing Manager

 


Donations Made for Hurricane Relief


Cedar Point Federal Credit Union and Dugan, McKissick & Longmore, LLC  collected supplies to aid in the relief effort after the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence. A 15-foot truck load of supplies were delivered by Cedar Point's CEO Charles Roach to a Red Cross facility in Goldsboro, North Carolina on Tuesday, September 25th. "The facility was almost empty," said Roach. "We must have been the first ones to get there."


Working in partnership with the American Red Cross in North Carolina, the two businesses requested donations from the community, and filled the truck in less than a week. Though it was difficult to count everything that was donated, the truck contained more than 50 cases of water, 25 boxes of diapers, 40 containers of laundry detergent and bleach, 100 paper towel rolls, 100 toilet paper rolls, 10 boxes of food, plus toiletries, baby products, cleaning products and so much more. 


“We really want to thank our community partners,” said Kristin Kauffman, who organized Cedar Point’s part of the effort. “Megan Phillips at Dugan, McKissick and Longmore was a huge help in pulling it all together.” A storage area in their office building at the corner of Three Notch Road and Chancellors Run Road was given over to the project, and filled almost to the ceiling in some places. "When I walked in to help organize everything, I almost had to climb into the room. There really were that many donations," Kauffman said. Quality Transfer and Storage donated numerous boxes to aid in organization, and the U-Haul facility on Great Mills Road discounted the cost of the truck for the trip. Additionally, twelve-year-old Isabella Longmore, a seventh grader at Father Andrew White school, organized a drive with her classmates, contributing a pick-up truck full of donation items.


Both businesses were optimistic about collecting donations, but uncertain if the seven day turnaround would be enough time. Not surprisingly, the generosity of the Southern Maryland community was nearly overwhelming. "Every day we sent cart loads of items to the storage area at Dugan, McKissick and Longmore," said Todd Farr, Cedar Point's Systems Administrator. Kauffman laughed as she explained that she recruited the IT Department to help with some of the heavy lifting. 


“We are grateful to be able to help our neighbors in North Carolina,” says Kauffman. “Many of us have family members living there, and many of us have vacationed there. Anything we can do to help their community recover is important to us.”



Edited: September 26, 2018

Posted by: Community Relations

 


365 Days of Impact

by Kristin Kauffman, Marketing Manager


 

Calendars. We all use them. We have to keep our schedules straight, or one day runs right into the next. Bobby has soccer practice. Dad has a dentist appointment. We think about our schedules every day. But have you ever thought about the people who make the calendars we use?


It’s a question I never thought to ask myself until about two weeks ago. What happened two weeks ago? Families everywhere realized that their kids were getting ready to go back to school, and schedules needed coordinating, vacations needed to be planned, and calendars were required. But it’s only August. That little voice in my head was quickly drowned out by the many inquires that began pouring in.


You might ask yourself why the Marketing Manager at Cedar Point Federal Credit Union was being flooded with questions about a 2019 calendar. For that answer, we’ve got to rewind the clock 20 years. When Stacey Park was hired into the Marketing department 20 years ago, there was a calendar already in use, which was circulated internally. “I started in ’98 and continued using the calendar. But I gave it a facelift,” Park laughed. “I was always surprised by how popular they were. It seemed like such a small thing, but they would fly out of the offices.”


When Y2K rolled around shortly after, Marketing Director Lisa Shender took Park’s design and added her own twist. Over the following years, the calendar morphed as needed, and Shender fell into a nice rhythm designing a new calendar every year. As technology changed and shaped the world we live in, the calendar went digital, too.


When Shender retired last year, one of the last nuggets of wisdom she gave me was about this calendar. She laughed as she explained. “There’s always a typo. Always. You’ll have half a dozen proof readers, and still you’ll end up with May 16, May 16, May 18.” You can be sure we triple-checked the month of May for 2019!


Cedar Point now designs five (that’s right, five) sets of calendars for our community and our employees. We order thousands of calendars before the new year, and we’re always surprised at how quickly they get swept up. The 2019 Civil Service Calendar was designed by Marketing Assistant Anna Schlueter, along with our internal calendar for employees. I designed our large twelve-month wall calendar, and the rest will be a team effort.


The next time you walk through a program office and see a calendar with a Cedar Point Federal Credit Union logo hanging in a cubicle, think of the history. Because you’re not just looking at this year or next year. You are looking at decades of history, rolled into one practically perfect calendar.


Posted: September 7, 2018

Posted by: Kristin Kauffman, Marketing Manager


A Night on Broadway


 “It’s curtain time, and away we go!” The Newtowne Players production of A Night on Broadway hit the ground running on Thursday, May 17 with a big production number from Kiss Me Kate. With additional musical numbers from South Pacific, Grease, My Fair Lady, Chicago and many more, the performance kept the audience entertained straight through to the finale. This particular performance, though, was designed with a very special audience in mind.

 

Our community members with developmental differences were treated to an evening of sight, sound and song as part of the Newtowne Players’ ongoing community outreach efforts. “When the theatre approached us and asked if Cedar Point would like to sponsor the evening, we jumped at the chance,” said Marketing Manager Kristin Kauffman. “Providing accessible entertainment for community members who might not otherwise have the opportunity is incredibly important.”


Cedar Point has an ongoing commitment to and partnership with SMCR, Inc., which hosts fun and exciting community events with an emphasis on accessibility for members with diverse needs. Director Thomas Esposito and Musical Director Diane Trautman really believed in the idea of reaching out to SMCR’s members. “As soon as we recognized this unique opportunity for community outreach, our production team was excited,” said Esposito. “And the folks from SMCR were a great audience.”


A particularly poignant moment of the evening came during the full cast performance of “You Will Be Found” from the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. The lyrics of the song sent a message of hope and friendship. When the cast began to sing and repeat the words, “You are not alone,” each cast member connected with individual audience members on a very personal level. “I felt every word of that song,” said Kauffman. “We are thankful for that rare moment of magic we were able to share.”


Posted: May 21, 2018

Posted by: Cedar Point Marketing Team

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