Serve Day...Our Chance to Walk in Your Shoes

by ECCU

Serve Day 2019

June 7, 2019

It’s another way we get to support our members

ECCU’s staff members work here for all kinds of reasons. One common thread is that everyone knows their work indirectly helps the credit union’s members do what they’re called to do. On May 10, 2019, some 17 employees had the opportunity to directly support two ministry members during one of ECCU’s annual serve days. And as you’d expect, the impact went both ways.

“When you leave you feel like you made a difference,” said Darren Attinger, electronic payment systems manager, “and you have a deeper appreciation for all the blessings you have that others may not.” Darren joined nine coworkers to serve the Orange County Rescue Mission. Some organized canned food for packaging in the warehouse, while others prepared and served lunch to people who are participating in the mission’s programs.

Team lead Heath Burke, vice president of information technology, echoed Darren’s feelings. From his perspective, serve day was both a great bonding time for his team and an experience worth repeating. “We’re looking forward to the next service opportunity,” he said.

It was, in fact, her coworkers’ past serve day experience that prompted Roxanne Peralta, member services representative, to sign up this year. “I heard about the OC Rescue Mission from coworkers who volunteered last year,” she said. “I loved what they were doing in the community.” And like her teammates, Roxanne said everyone was enriched by this year’s serve day. “The staff were friendly and the students were grateful to see us there serving,” she said. “It was a great opportunity to do what God has called us to do, love and serve each other. OC Rescue Mission gives people hope and I was blessed to be a part of giving hope to others.”

Similar sentiments came from those who volunteered at The Sheepfold, a ministry that serves abused women and their children. “It was such a blessing to work with other employees that I don't typically get to interact with often,” said Nicole Dietz, executive administrator to the CEO.. “You could really feel the presence of Jesus in The Sheepfold ministry and in that house specifically. What a great day!”

Susan Rushing, senior vice president and chief risk officer, is no stranger to serving organizations like The Sheepfold. She was previously on the board of directors at Stepping Stones for Women, a ministry that was founded to transform the lives of single mothers and their children. Not surprisingly, Susan was energized by being part of this serve day, describing it as “a great time serving together.”

As often happens when you step out to serve, the “great time” included some unexpected challenges. "Mike Davis, Ryan Garcia and Sergio Castillo went above and beyond to clean out the rain gutter as our final project at The Sheepfold house,” Nicole Dietz recalled. “They also found a clog in the drain caused by two balls, a pencil and one Christmas light bulb. Our team had a heart to do whatever they could, not only for the residents, but also for the house mothers, even if it wasn't asked for!”

A heart to serve. That’s what drives ECCU members to do what they’re called to do. And besides supporting them with the right financial accounts and services, sometimes the credit union staff gets to show up and join them in their life-changing work.

Category: Ministry Matters