Inheritance of Hope scored a hole in one with the Tennessee Credit Union League–our newest partner in serving young families facing the loss of a parent. The TCUL has been around since 1934, and just recently held their 80th convention. This year, however, the convention teed off with a first–a charity golf tournament benefiting Inheritance of Hope, with final tallies resulting in $8500 raised for IoH.
IoH and TCUL have a lot in common–Kim Bohannon, Chief Innovation Officer for TCUL, also serves on the IoH board and attended an IoH retreat in 2015. At the time of the Bohannons’ Legacy Retreat®, Kim was the caregiver for her husband Steve, who later passed away from Multiple System Atrophy. Kim, Steve, and their children Jacob and Emily got so much from their experience that Kim soon became an advocate for IoH–volunteering, donating, and more. Kim recognizes both organizations have strong family cultures and a deep commitment to those we serve. TCUL President and CEO Fred Robinson sees the two organizations in a similar light as well, “Credit Unions have always been about ‘People helping People,’ so we are excited about the opportunity to partner with an organization like Inheritance of Hope that helps families at a trying and difficult time of life.”
TCUL Director of Communications Monica Parks explains it as perspective, “Credit Unions look at the human aspect, not just dollars.” Having been there herself, Monica understands caregiving to someone with terminal illness and values “how you guys at IoH fill in. You see what was invisible or forgotten.”
Going forward, the TCUL aims to fully fund an IoH in-person retreat for 2022. With 130 member credit unions in the state, this roughly translates into a goal that each credit union will raise enough money to sponsor a child, around $1500. Because credit unions are relational, just like IoH, both organizations expect this partnership to last–well past fundraising. Volunteer opportunities and ways for the credit union members to plug in after the retreat are already in the works. Now that’s an on-par win for everyone!
Inheritance of Hope is a 501(c)(3) charity devoted to inspiring hope in families facing the loss of a parent. The story began with a mom’s terminal cancer diagnosis. She recognized that she was not the only one in her family suffering, and tried to find resources for her husband and three young children, but surprisingly, there were none. They decided to fill this need, and today, Inheritance of Hope serves families throughout the U.S. as a hope-filled community of care that “gets it” through all the ups and downs of navigating the challenges of terminal illness. Learn more about the organization and how you can get involved.