Community Involvement

Horizons Helping Hands

 
New Horizons Credit Union believes in giving back to the community and embracing the credit union industry philosophy of "People Helping People." For this reason, we have named our community efforts - Horizons Helping Hands. New Horizons continues to assist with sponsorships and donations; and we also realize the importance of putting some skin in the game through volunteerism!

During 2018, New Horizons Credit Union has been committed to helping Jensen's Heart of Gold Foundation as our Corporate Charity as voted by our employees each year.  Jensen's Heart of Gold Foundation supports families with children diagnosed with cancer with resources, education, and advocacy.  Fundraising through the Horizons Helping Hands for our Corporate Charity is primarily via designated Jeans Days and member participation.

However, we also support many other worthwhile community endeavors such as:

Hi-Q  High School Academic Competition

Since 1986, New Horizons has been a proud sponsor of Hi-Q, the oldest continuing academic competition in the U.S. Hi-Q is vital to a quality education, as it encourages academic achievement, initiative and good sportsmanship. Bob Grip, from FOX10, presides as the Quiz Master, asking students questions from 13 subjects, ranging from standard high school courses to general scholastic knowledge. The competition will begin in January and go through March. The first place winner receives $2,000 and a trophy, while second place receives $1,500, and third place receives $1,000.

Scholarships

For over 25 years, New Horizons Credit Union has awarded $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors seeking to continue higher education. Each year, we award five, $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Deadline to apply is typically April of each year. We choose the winners by May of each year, and we encourage all high school seniors to apply. Please check this web page again in December 2018 for the 2019 New Horizons Credit Union Scholarship Application & Information.

United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

For the past few years, New Horizons Credit Union has partnered with the local United Way to offer free office space at the NHCU West Mobile branch for the United Way VITA program to offer free tax services to qualifying consumers. To learn more about this program, please contact the Mobile, Alabama United Way office. 

For the past few years, New Horizons Credit Union has partnered with the local United Way to offer free office space at the NHCU West Mobile branch for the United Way VITA program to offer free tax services to qualified consumers with volunteer tax professionals.

Children's Miracle Network

New Horizons Credit Union supports the credit union industry's philanthropy - the Children's Miracle Network through their annual fund drive involving the sale of paper balloons in the branches each fall. Proceeds go to benefit the local children's hospital.

CUAid.coop - for Disaster Relief Effort

The National Credit Union Foundation, during times of disaster, opens the CUAid website donation portal to receive disaster relief funds to assist credit union people affected by natural disasters and other major emergencies.  If you are interested in contributing to relief efforts as they happen, please visit CUAID.coop  for more information.  New Horizons offers this helpful link continually on this website for our members' and employee's use.  We are "People Helping People" as the credit union industry motto implies.

Bank on South Alabama (BOSA) Program - Financial Partner

New Horizons Credit Union is a financial partner of the Bank on South Alabama (BOSA) program.  BOSA is a collaborative initiative between community service organizations, municipalities, and financial institutions (credit unions and banks) in an eight county region which currently includes Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, and Washington Counties.

The BOSA program is dedicated to helping improve the financial stability of the unbanked and underbanked consumers and residents of our community by connecting them to safe and affordable mainstream accounts.  BOSA helps raise public awareness of these financial efforts and access to financial education and empowerment opportunities.

New Horizons Credit Union participates in the BOSA program promoting its: New Start Checking, Start Me Up Auto Loan program, Credit Rebuilder Loan, Secured Loans, and free financial education resources available through Greenpath Financial Wellness and Biz Kid$ financial literacy tools for students, parents, and teachers.

 For more information about Bank on South Alabama, visit bankonsouthalabama.org.

 

Awards:

Dora Maxwell Award Winner

New Horizons Credit Union has been honored with the League of Southeastern Credit Union's Dora Maxwell Award for exhibiting social responsibility in the community. To be recognized, a credit union must show strong examples of fulfilling the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People, " and New Horizons Credit Union clearly demonstrated this with its community activism.

America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award

Your Credit Union was honored for its efforts during National America Saves Week to encourage member saving. New Horizons Credit Union offers GreenPath Financial Wellness resources, Youth Club Accounts with financial education web links, and a Credit Re-builder Loan Program - all designed to encourage budgeting and saving. To learn more about these programs visit our website at NewHCU.org.


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We give back to our communities in a variety of ways. The following are some of the organizations we have been able to and/or continue to support:

  • Alabama Education Association
  • Alzheimer's Association 
  • Bank on South Alabama
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • City of Daphne
  • City of Fairhope
  • City of Mobile
  • City of Mobile Animal Shelter
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast
  • Fourth Grade Foresters
  • Jackson Alabama Chamber of Commerce
  • Jensen's Heart of Gold Foundation
  • League of Southeastern Credit Unions
  • Making Strides against Breast Cancer 
  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mobile BayBears Baseball 
  • Mobile County Public School
  • Penelope House
  • Pensacola Area USAF 455FTS
  • Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball
  • Pensacola Metro Area Lions Sight Programs Inc.
  • Redeemer Lutheran School - Recycle Drive
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Semmes Chamber of Commerce & Semmes Azalea Festival
  • South Alabama Financial Crimes Task Force
  • South Baldwin Chamber
  • Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • University of South Alabama
  • Woman of Worth Business Empowerment Inc. 
  • Woody's Song School "Chip in for Autism"
  • And more!