Des Moines ‘Sparks the Spirit’ of giving with $8,500 in donations from Veridian

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Andrea Hudnut

Des Moines, Iowa (November 28, 2017): Central Iowans have cast 20,600 votes and picked three local nonprofit organizations to receive $8,500 in donations from Veridian Credit Union’s Spark the Spirit giving campaign. Voting results were announced and checks were presented to top vote-getters on Giving Tuesday, November 28. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa received 9,090 votes and the campaign’s top donation of $5,000. Meals from the Heartland received $2,500 with 8,562 votes, and Youth Emergency Services & Shelter received 808 votes and $1,000.

“We created Spark the Spirit to be a cooperative giving experience,” said Shelly McGill, Veridian’s central Iowa regional manager. “By sharing this process, we’re working together to strengthen our community. Now that it’s done, we can all find ways to carry that spirit of giving forward.”

Employees at Veridian’s Des Moines-area branches nominated eight local nonprofit organizations for the campaign, and the public voted from November 15-26 on three to receive the donations.

Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. The credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services and employs more than 750 people throughout 30 branches, including eight in the Des Moines metro area. For more information, visit or call (800) 235-3228.


ARL Check Photo (left to right): Neil Kennedy, EP True Branch Manager, Veridian Credit Union; Jessica Jorgensen, Digital Content Coordinator, Animal Rescue League; Ashley Pech, Marketing Coordinator, Animal Rescue League

Meals from the Heartland Check Photo (left to right): Rachel Meyer, Johnston Branch Manager, Veridian Credit Union; Susan Bunz, Executive Director, Meals from the Heartland

YESS Check Photo (left to right): Jason Rosa, Program and Finance Assistant, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter; Shelly McGill, Central Iowa Region Manager, Veridian Credit Union; Jana Daisy, Community Activities Manager, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter

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