Redwood Credit Union (RCU) recently sponsored a Little Free Library and donated it to Hidden Valley Elementary School where 132 elementary students lost homes in the October fires. The campus itself lost its satellite location, which housed 80 of its elementary-level students.
Embracing the take-a-book/leave-a-book philosophy, several of these stand-alone libraries are going up this spring thanks to the partnership of The United Way of the Wine Country Women United members, the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Sonoma County, and local high schools.
Especially during the summer months, Little Free Libraries are a fun and easy way to promote reading and give students easy access to books. RCU’s sponsored library is fittingly in the shape of a redwood tree—the credit union’s logo. The construction was coordinated by Zeke Gifford, a Green Construction Instructor at Montgomery High School and was built by Montgomery High School students.
“Supporting our community during the recovery and rebuild remains a top priority for Redwood Credit Union,” says Brett Martinez, RCU President & CEO. “The little library is a way for us to reach out to some of our younger fire-impacted survivors and have a positive impact.”
Hidden Valley students, parents, and administrators joined RCU and United Way of the Wine Country officials in a dedication of the little library on Thursday, May 24th at the school’s main campus at 3534 Bonita Vista in Santa Rosa.
About Redwood Credit Union
Founded in 1950, Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is a full-service financial institution providing personal and business banking to consumers and businesses in the North Bay and San Francisco. RCU offers complete financial services, including checking and savings accounts, auto and home loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking, business services, commercial and SBA lending, wealth management, financial planning services, and more. The Credit Union also offers insurance and discount auto sales through their wholly-owned subsidiary. RCU has over $4.3 billion in assets and serves over 300,000 Members with full-service branches from San Francisco to Ukiah, more than 30,000 fee-free network ATMs nationwide, and convenient, free online and mobile banking. RCU can be followed on Facebook at facebook.com/redwoodcu and on Twitter at @Redwoodcu. For more information, please call 1 (800) 479-7928 or visit www.redwoodcu.org.