Two local nonprofits receive Centra Credit Union grants


Two Seymour nonprofits, Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry and Schneck Foundation Kayaking for Cancer, have received grants from Centra Credit Union to further their missions.

These organizations, which each received $2,500, were nominated by Centra team members who feel passionate about the work they do in the community, according to a news release from the Columbus-based-firm.

“Centra team members are really involved in our communities, and they love being able to support the causes they care about each year. Nonprofit organizations are all about ‘People Helping People,’ and we love helping them achieve their missions,” said Jenni Carr, Centra’s director of community involvement.

Forty-three organizations have been awarded grants through nominations by Centra team members. A list of organizations receiving grants can be found at

These donations are one of many programs Centra Foundation and Centra Credit Union have to give back to their members and the communities they serve. In 2023, Centra and the Centra Foundation have given back more than $300,000 to their communities and members.

“Centra’s vision is creating value for our members, team members and the communities we serve,” said Rick Silvers, Centra president and CEO. “These programs directly support our communities and our members. I feel honored seeing how each dollar we invest into our communities serves the credit union philosophy of People Helping People.”

More than 25 students in the communities Centra serves were awarded scholarships in April 2023 to support their education. Similarly, local teachers received support from the Centra Foundation through Teaming Up with Teachers, a social media contest where four participating educators each win a $500 gift card for their classrooms.

Centra also gives back directly to its members through the Member Loyalty Rewards program. More than 75,000 members participate in the program, and collectively, they’ve earned and saved more than $4 million in 2023. These cash rewards are deposited into a special high interest savings account to further reward members.

Financial support for the communities Centra serves will continue throughout the remainder of the year with Centra’s United Way workplace campaign and the Centra Foundation’s Holiday Giving Program. Centra team members and members donate to these programs to help support nonprofits in the local communities.

In 2022, more than 280 team members pledged a total of $103,350 to United Way agencies throughout the communities Centra serves, while the 2022 Holiday Giving Program raised more than $50,000.

In addition to financial support, Centra and its team members also give back to the communities they serve through volunteerism. Centra provides family and community time to all team members in the form of three paid days off per year. These days can be used to volunteer, and team members provided more than 300 service hours to United Way partners in 2023.

Centra and its team members also support local organizations through sponsorships, many of which involve volunteering their time to attend the event and host activities or giveaway prizes to attendees. Some of these events included Columbus Pride, Juneteenth and Su Casa’s Fiesta Latina.

Centra Foundation is the charitable arm of Centra Credit Union and was formed to extend the credit union’s mission of People Helping People. The foundation is Centered on Caring and aims to support charitable efforts that help meet the needs of communities where members live and work.

Centra Credit Union is a community-based, full-service financial institution with 26 branch locations throughout central and southern Indiana and in Jamestown, New York and Whitakers, North Carolina. Founded in 1940 on the principle of People Helping People, Centra strives to create value for members, team members and the communities it serves. With $2 billion in total assets, Centra is among the six largest credit unions in Indiana.

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