Credit unions like Peach State are not-for-profit organizations, making us dramatically different from other financial institutions. Our commitment to serving our community – not profit – ensures that our focus remains on improving the lives of all of our neighbors and beyond. We also strive to provide products and services that help our members afford life. It is our intention to promote strategic, long-term development throughout the credit union for the benefit of our member-owners and the surrounding community. We do this by focusing on the following Cornerstones of Citizenship:
Education • Arts • Philanthropy • Growth from the Inside Out
We are guided by our internal values and our mission to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our member-owners. This leads us to our strategic dedication to investing not only in community development, but in our staff as well. Educated, motivated, passionate employees are the building blocks of these cornerstones.
Throughout our history, Peach State has been invested in supporting and developing our community by being caring and compassionate citizens.
The most meaningful contribution we have made to our community goes back to 1961 when we were founded by local educators. The credit union has maintained a focus on education throughout our history. We do this through our annual Scholarship Program and supporting local school systems through events like Teacher of the Year, which ensure educators are recognized for their hard work and dedication.
Peach State has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and educational grants since 2000. We are able to make a difference in the lives of students attending college so they can better prepare to enter into the workforce, and help career professionals improve their skills by obtaining advanced degrees.
We are proud of our student internship program and in-school branch at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville. Teaming up with today’s youth helps foster financial literacy and serves as a great way for the students to acquire hands-on experience in a variety of disciplines.
We’re also stewards for a Little Free Library, located in Lawrenceville, where members can “take a book or leave a book”. This miniature library is a small, but impactful way to encourage reading to community members of all ages.
As a strong supporter of the arts in our community, Peach State sponsors Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre, ensuring that theatre is accessible to everyone in the community. Through our sponsorship, we’ve been able to bring some of the most famous musicals, including Les Miserables and Mary Poppins, closer to home.
Supporting our members where they live, work and play is part of Peach State’s daily business. From donating money and goods to charity events, to collecting food year-round for food banks in our footprint, Peach State supports numerous charitable endeavors such as Relay For Life and the Salvation Army. We invested more than $300,000 into community organizations in 2015 alone.
We’re also extending a helping hand to veterans through our work with Purple Heart Homes. This initiative helps veterans afford renovations needed to accommodate their disabilities, and ensures they can age-in-place safely and with integrity. Through the Purple Heart Homes Operation: Veteran Home Renovation program, a group of employees volunteered their time and handiwork to make a local veteran’s home a safer and more comfortable place to live.
Focus on the Future
Peach State’s future is bright. With a commitment to our internal values, Cornerstones of Citizenship and a focused strategy for future growth, we’re prepared to help more people afford life than ever.
Our Community Development Financial Institutions certification, provides us with the opportunity to reach even more people in underserved areas in Richmond County, Georgia and Aiken County, South Carolina. By focusing on financial literacy and products designed to help build and repair credit, we will work to develop our community by empowering low-income and underserved individuals, making it possible for them to enter the financial mainstream.
Our “Branch of the Future” in Oconee County offers a new, smarter way to bank. The traditional teller line has been replaced with staff who can assist our members with their financial needs in a personalized way.