Partnering on Giving Tuesday supports global generosity

Bloomington – WFIU Public Radio, IU Credit Union and Beacon are teaming up to give back to the Bloomington community this Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement founded in 2012 to encourage people to do good.

It has since grown into a year-round global movement, inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity.

For every contribution WFIU receives on Giving Tuesday, IU Credit Union will provide a pair of socks to the Shalom Center, Beacon’s day shelter in Bloomington.

Rev. Forrest Gilmore

“The most requested item by homeless people when they first enter our shelter is a warm, dry pair of socks,” said Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Beacon. “Often when you lose your home, you lose everything else too. Lifting people up by helping them with the basics like food, shelter and clothing is the first step on the way back Home. This Giving Tuesday partnership with IU Credit Union and WFIU will help ensure that first step is gentle.”

WFIU station operations manager John Bailey says Giving Tuesday is a time to celebrate the good that all public service organizations, including public radio stations and organizations like Beacon, do in a day
suitable for everyday use.

John Bailey

“Thanks to the generosity of IU Credit Union, we can share the spotlight together. WFIU listeners will not only be able to strengthen the essential news and music they rely on, but also do a little more in support of Beacon, which offers so much to the most vulnerable in our community.” said Bailey.

The WFIU’s goal is to raise $25,000 on Giving Tuesday, which would be the equivalent of nearly 170 pairs of socks provided to Beacon by the IU Credit Union.

Karen Earley-Mullis

“IU Credit Union values ​​serving our community in a way that has a positive and lasting impact,” said Karen Earley-Mullis, Marketing Manager, IU Credit Union. “We are proud to partner with WFIU and
Beacon to provide warm essentials to those in need in our community.”

About WFIU
WFIU Public Radio is the source for news, arts and music programming in south-central Indiana, broadcasting from Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. The station is one of NPR’s original 90 founding members and currently carries programming from that network and other national and regional broadcasters. WFIU serves more than 20 Indiana counties and is available on 103.7 FM and 101.9 FM (WFIU2) in Bloomington, 100.7 FM in Columbus, 101.7 FM in French Lick/West Baden, 98.9 FM in Greensburg , 106.1 FM in Kokomo, 100.1 FM ( WFIU2) in Seymour, 95.1 FM in Terre Haute and streaming on wfiu.org.

About beacons
Beacon is a solution-focused, anti-poverty organization dedicated to empowering and empowering people
experience extreme poverty, especially hunger and homelessness. Founded in 2000 in response to the community’s growing concern about the needs of homeless people, Beacon has grown rapidly
becoming the largest non-profit provider of shelters for children and adults in need over the past two decades
with homelessness in Monroe County. Learn more at beaconinc.org.

About IU Credit Union
Founded in 1956, IU Credit Union is a community-based financial institution headquartered in
Bloomington, IN. IU Credit Union is a leading consumer and home loan company
Lending, escrow and investment services and a provider of financial education. With over $1.5 billion in assets, IU Credit Union serves more than 70,000 members and is one of Indiana’s largest credit unions. Membership is open to Hoosiers living or working in 65 Indiana counties. IU is committed to improving the lives of its members, employees and the communities it serves
Credit Union has received numerous awards for its community engagement, including those from United Way
prestigious Pillar Award. Learn more at iucu.org.

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