University of Illinois Community Credit Union Pays it Forward in the Community on CU Kind Day

UICCU staff members smile and pose for CU Kind day events.

Champaign, IL – On October 12, 2020, UICCU participated in the second annual CU Kind Day, a state-wide credit union initiative to roll up their sleeves and give back to the communities they serve by spreading kindness. Staff members of UICCU dedicated their time by donating money to pay it forward across the community. They spread the ‘good’ to the people of Champaign-Urbana and its surrounding communities by paying for unsuspecting customers at Common Ground Food Cooperative, Sidney Dairy Barn, Ingolds Meat and Deli and other local businesses. They were also able to give back to organizations such as Monticello School District, Urbana Fire Department, and Salt & Light.

By participating in CU Kind Day, we aim to show our communities how “people helping people” is at the heart of the credit union movement. ICUL launched CU Kind Day in 2019 with the purpose of spreading kindness and generating awareness for the good work done by credit unions in their communities. On this day, over 20,000 people were positively impacted around the state. This demonstration of cooperation and outreach showed Illinois what the credit union difference looks like and how credit unions put their members and communities first. Kids of UICCU staff members smile and pose for CU Kind day events.

“I’m so proud to work in an industry that focuses on people over profits”, said ICUL President Tom Kane. “That mindset does more than just describe the priorities of a credit union, it is the keystone that credit unions are built around. I look at the CU Kind Day initiative as a manifestation of that mindset; it is an opportunity to show our communities how important they are to credit unions, and to the movement as a whole.”

“CU Kind Day is one of the many opportunities for us to do more good,” said UICCU President/CEO Chris Harlan. “One of the cornerstones of the credit union culture is impowering staff to give back to their local community. Now more than ever, we need to find ways to lift each other up and spread kindness. CU Kind Day allowed us to do all of that plus so much more.”

U of I Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of financial products and services to anyone who lives or works in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, Douglas, Vermilion, Coles, Dewitt, Edgar, Iroquois, Moultrie, and Sangamon, IL counties as well as University of Illinois employees, Carle employees and other select employee groups. UICCU was named one of the 2017, 2018, & 2019 Best Places to Work in Illinois, 2019 and 2020 Best Credit Unions to Work For and 2019 Tops in the 217 Winner for Banks/Credit Unions. To learn more, visit

About ICUL® – The Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) is the primary trade association for more than 260 credit unions doing business in Illinois. It focuses on providing legislative and regulatory advocacy, compliance assistance and information, and a wide range of educational and training services to those credit unions, who in turn serve approximately 3.4 million members. As a not-for-profit corporation chartered under the laws of the State of Illinois, membership in the League is open to any Illinois credit union doing business and operating in accordance with the Illinois Credit Union Act or the Federal Credit Union Act.


UICCU staff member smiles and poses for CU Kind day events.UICCU staff members and family smile and pose for CU Kind day events.