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 branded our community outreach 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. Our Horizons Helping Hands' main purpose is to have viable impact in making our community better with each effort we are involved in.
 

For 2024, Horizons Helping Hands is committed to helping the following non-profits:

                                    

Fundraising through the Horizons Helping Hands for our Corporate Charity is primarily via designated Jeans Days, payroll deduction, internal fundraising, and member participation such as special in-branch collection drives, raffles, and other events.

 

New Horizons Credit Union also supports 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. This program is organized through the Mobile County Public School System. Mr. Bob Grip, from FOX10, presides as the Quiz Master, asking students from over 14 high schools questions from 13 subjects, ranging from standard high school courses to general scholastic knowledge. The competition begins in January and goes through March. The first place winner receives $2,000 and a trophy, while second place receives $1,500, and third place receives $1,000.

Scholarship Program

For over 20 years, New Horizons Credit Union has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to local graduating, high school senior-members seeking to continue higher education. Each year, up to five, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to deserving high school seniors for their efforts scholastically as well as efforts in volunteerism. Deadline to apply is typically April of each year. We choose the winners by May of each year.  All members who are high school seniors are encouraged to apply. Please visit this website each December and view our New Wave Savers Youth Account page for the most current New Horizons Credit Union Scholarship Application & Information.

United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

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 with volunteer professionals. To learn more about this program, please contact the Mobile, Alabama United Way office. 

Children's Miracle Network   

New Horizons Credit Union supports the credit union industry's philanthropy - the Children's Miracle Network through the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, CU4Kids, and our local Mobile Credit Union Chapter. Proceeds benefit the local children's hospital in Mobile, AL - USA Health Children's & Women's Hospital. To learn more about how you can help support this cause, click here. Make sure to select USA Health Children's & Women's Hospital for local donations.

CUAid.coop & American Red Cross - for Disaster Relief Effort

During times of disaster, the National Credit Union Foundation opens the CUAid website donation portal to receive disaster relief funds to assist credit union people affected by natural disasters and other major emergencies. New Horizons offers this helpful link for our members' and employees' use. If you are interested in contributing to relief efforts as they happen, please visit CUAid.

As disasters strike, the American Red Cross is also there to help. New Horizons Credit Union offers members and non-members a safe place through our branches to make monetary contributions to the American Red Cross. Funds raised are then presented to the local Mobile, Alabama American Red Cross office for distribution and use for disaster victims.

 
Bank on Alabama Coalition    

New Horizons Credit Union participates with Bank on Alabama program to help residents in Alabama counties have safe and affordable financial products and services.   As a not-for-profit cooperative, New Horizons Credit Union involvement helps further financially educate consumers on the benefits of seeking low and no-cost services that the Credit Union industry is known for. New Horizons Credit Union is proud to offer members many low and no-cost service solutions.



Credit Union Awards



NHCU Listed as one of America's Best Regional Banks and Credit Unions 2024 in Newsweek

New Horizons Credit Union has been recognized as one of America’s Best Credit Unions 2024 in Newsweek. To create the list, Newsweek partnered with a leading market-data research firm to study all financial institutions in the United States. Each financial institution was analyzed using factors indicating financial health, current operational performance, and metrics indicating long-term stability. This is a great honor for New Horizons Credit Union and its standing amongst Americas largest financial institutions. We thank our members for their loyalty over the years which has helped get our Credit Union where it is today.


Credit Union of the Year Award for the State of Alabama
 
New Horizons Credit Union is the proud Credit Union of the Year Award recipient for the state of Alabama from the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) for our asset division. 
 
From Left to Right: Patty Veal - VP of Marketing & Business Development, Larry Landrum - Director, Linda Brown - Chairman,
Edith Franklin - President/CEO, Joe Mills - Director, Deloris Bagsby - Secretary, Ralph Altice - Vice Chairman
 
From Left to Right: Patrick La Pine - CEO of LSCU & Affiliates, Edith Franklin - President/CEO,  Henry Armstrong - LSCU Board Chairman
 



Dora Maxwell Award Winner for Social Responsibility
 
New Horizons Credit Union has been honored several years with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Dora Maxwell Award for exhibiting social responsibility in the community through our Horizons Helping Hands program and other community endeavors. 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 our community activism.
 
From Left to Right: Bobbi Grady with LSCU, David Brodeur -VP of Operations, Ralph Altice - Vice Chairman, Linda Brown - Chairman, Edit Franklin - President/CEO, Deloris Bagsby - Secretary, Joe Mills - Director, and Taylor Sheffield with Leverage.
 
Rivel Excellence Award for Brand Awareness
 
New Horizons Credit Union is proud to have received the Rivel Excellence Award for Brand Awareness at the League of Southeastern Credit Union Conference. We are incredibly proud of our brand and its increasing awareness in our community.
 
 


America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award
 

Your Credit Union has been honored for its efforts during America Saves Week each February, & year-long, to encourage member saving. New Horizons Credit Union offers GreenPath Financial Wellness resources, New Wave Savers Youth Accounts with financial education, and a Credit Re-builder Auto Loan Program - all designed to encourage budgeting & saving.

 

National Military Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award
 

New Horizons Credit Union is a proud recipient of the National Military Saves Designation of Excellence Award for our efforts in promoting our Horizons Heroes Account, credit building programs, and financial education webinars during Military Saves Month each April, and year-long.



Sponsorship Requests


If your non-profit organization would like to request a sponsorship, door prize, or perhaps promotional items from New Horizons Credit Union, please click the link below for qualifying requirements and guidelines, and to submit other information for consideration. 

Please submit requests and information at least 30-days prior to your deadline.  Due to the volume of requests received, advance notice is needed for budgeting, planning, and consideration purposes.  All requests must fit into one of three categories: Financial Education, Health & Human Services, or Arts & Culture. Unfortunately, New Horizons Credit Union cannot support non-local events, travel teams, conferences, travel related expenses, or projects and events whose primary purpose is religious, legislative, political, or may be considered a conflict of interest with New Horizons Credit Union. Submitting a request does not guarantee approval. 

Click here for Sponsorship Requests


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

  • Alabama Education Association
  • Animal Shelters (Mobile County, Clarke County, and Baldwin County) 
  • Alzheimer's Association 
  • Azalea Trail Maids' Golf Tournament
  • Baker High School
  • Bank on Alabama Program
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • City of Daphne
  • City of Fairhope
  • City of Mobile
  • Clarke County FAWN program for 6th Graders
  • Daphne High School
  • Davidson High School
  • Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • Eastern Shore High School
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast
  • Fourth Grade Foresters
  • Gulf Coast Talent Show (Mobile & Baldwin County)
  • Jackson Alabama Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jackson High School
  • Jackson's White Smith Library Summer Reading Program
  • Jensen's Heart of Gold Foundation
  • League of Southeastern Credit Unions
  • Lions Club Sight Clinic
  • Making Strides against Breast Cancer 
  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mobile Azalea Trail Golf Tournament 
  • Mobile Bay Bears Baseball 
  • Mobile County Public School System 
  • Mobile Navy League
  • Penelope House - Mobile, AL
  • Pensacola Area USAF 455FTS
  • Pensacola Blue Wahoo Baseball
  • Pensacola Metro Area Lions Sight Programs Inc.
  • Redeemer Lutheran School - Recycle Drive
  • Ronald McDonald House Mobile
  • Saraland High School
  • Satsuma High School
  • Semmes Chamber of Commerce & Semmes Azalea Festival
  • South Alabama Financial Crimes Task Force
  • South Baldwin Chamber
  • Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce
  • Spanish Fort High School
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Theodore High School
  • USA Women's and Children's Hospital 
  • University of South Alabama Athletics/Academics 
  • United Way - VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
  • Volunteers of America - Operation Backpack
  • Williamson High School
  • Women of Worth Business Empowerment Inc. 
  • Woody's Song School "Chip in for Autism"
  • YMCA - Mobile, AL
  • And more!