San Antonio, TX (May 6, 2020) – On behalf of its employees and members, Firstmark Credit Union is donating 10,000 bags to support San Antonio schools amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.
According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 21% of Bexar County households do not have broadband internet. In some school districts, this number can be as high 51%. As the Coronavirus pandemic has forced students and teachers into virtual learning, school districts are doing their best to ensure that those students without internet access don’t get left behind. Using a curbside delivery approach, families are able to pick up physical lesson plans from their school for at-home learning.
As a credit union founded by teachers and for teachers, Firstmark has taken a leadership role to ensure that schools have what they need to weather the COVID-19 crisis. One of their biggest needs is bags to help distribute these critical student resources, and that’s where Firstmark has stepped in. The credit union is donating 10,000 curriculum bags to area school districts.
“Teachers are doing a phenomenal job adapting and embracing this new method of online instruction,” said Nathanael Tarwasokono, president and CEO of Firstmark Credit Union. “As parents, we appreciate their dedication and recognize the enormous task of having to prepare both virtual lessons for delivery online in addition to physical lesson plans.”
Schools interested in receiving curriculum bags can call the Firstmark Credit Union Marketing Department at 210.556.2480 and leave call back details, including name, school/ISD and number of curriculum bags needed.
Firstmark also recently donated N95 masks to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The credit union believes in being a responsible citizen of the community and supporting frontline workers. Learn more about their efforts at firstmarkcu.org.
About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union has been helping people achieve financial success for more than 88 years. The Firstmark story began in 1932 at Fox Tech High School where ten teachers signed a charter to form the San Antonio Teachers Credit Union. Firstmark has grown the ten teachers’ original $475 investment to almost 100,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. Firstmark is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution focused on helping people to better their lives. For more information, visit http://firstmarkcu.org or call 210.342.8484.