Collecting Item Donations for Hurricane Relief
Cedar Point Federal Credit Union and Dugan, McKissick & Longmore, LLC will be collecting supplies to aid in the relief effort after the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence. Supplies will be collected until Friday, September 21. Drop off locations and times are:
Cedar Point Federal Credit Union - Headquarters Office
22745 Maple Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653
Accepting donations Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dugan, McKissick & Longmore, LLC
22738 Maple Road, Ste 210, Lexington Park, MD 20653
Accepting donations Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Working in partnership with the American Red Cross in North Carolina, the two businesses are requesting donations from the community. At the request of the Red Cross, only new items will be accepted. The items have to make a long trip down to North Carolina, so the Red Cross has asked that donations be durable in sturdy containers. Bags of chips, for example, could be damaged in transit. So they’ve compiled a list of suggested items:
- Non-perishable food items in cans only
- Water bottle cases
- Toiletries like toothbrushes, hair brushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo
- Boxes of Diapers
- Cleaning Products like window cleaner, disinfectant, cleaning wipes, and paper towels
“We are still looking for community partners,” said Kristin Kauffman, who will organize Cedar Point’s part of the effort. “We’re going to send a truck down to North Carolina, so we’re hoping an organization will be able to donate that.”
Neither business will be accepting cash donations, due to the difficulty of tracking what comes in. But they are optimistic about the drive. The generosity of the Southern Maryland community has been overwhelming in situations like these. “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.”
Posted: September 17, 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