Community Involvement

People Helping People

We are dedicated to making a difference, not only in the lives of our members but also in the communities we serve.

Community Involvement through volunteering, monetary donations and sponsorships is what credit unions are all about. We are “People Helping People.”

Here are some of the projects we’ve been a part of in the communities we serve:

Made a food donation for the Hesston Resource Center. They also donated money to the Senior Center for Operation Christmas Stocking.

Our Community Involvement team chose four local charities that we were able to bless with monetary donations. This year we provided a donation check to Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Service, Stepping Stones Homeless Shelter, Southwest Miracles, and Bright Futures. Each of these charities were very well deserving and work hard to make Liberal a better place. The staff here also put together Christmas baskets that we delivered to each of the local nursing homes/assisted living facilities. We chose one of the care homes to make individual Christmas bags for each of the residents. It was an awesome experience to give back at the holidays and live out the Credit Union philosophy of People helping People!

Donated money to Salvation Army Toys for Tots and the Wesley House, providing food, clothing and shelter to the less fortunate.

Donated funds to the Hays’ Area Children’s Center-donation will help with a security system and new secure windows. First Call for Help donation-helps families when they are struggling. Teaming up for Tots-donated toys for kids in Hays.

Bought $250 worth of toys for Toys for Tots program from our Jeans Day Fund. We also donated $200 to our local Salvation Army.

Donated jean’s day funds and were matched during last month’s Amazing Race Match your Money Month.

Sponsored two Christmas Stars through the Kearney Country Health Department, in which presents, coats, gloves, etc are provided for kids, a boy and a girl, whose families are struggling financially.

Provided gifts and grocery items for two families.

Had an Angel tree, partnering with the local grade school, with several kids names, who were in need. Ronda Kaiser’s husband, Rex, made the pallet tree.


Garden City
Sponsored our annual Christmas Party for Georgia Matthews, our partner in education on December 21st. The local HALO group from the college provided a Santa Claus and Elves for the party, and we served decorated Christmas cookies and punch to the students and teachers. We also be provided Christmas gifts for residents at Homestead Retirement Village in Garden City at their annual Christmas Party, December 22nd, with our Jean’s Day contributions.

The Taylor branch had a kids coloring contest for the month of December. They had 4 different age groups and each winner received $25 in cash. They ended up having a tie in two of the age groups, so they ended up with 6 winners. Jennifer Noel said it was a blessing to see how excited the kids were to come and pick up their prize money.

The Ulysses branch had an impromptu Christmas concert in their lobby.

The Quinter branch gave out our 2018 calendars and had a drawing for 2- $25.00 gift cards, as well as refreshments, a hot cocoa bar and home-made muffins during their Christmas Open House.

Hesston had their Christmas open house. Here are all the yummy goodies the staff made.

Put together 4 care/welcome baskets for the Catholic Charities Harbor House in Wichita. This included prepaid cell phones and data cards, towels, detergent, toiletries and other necessities. Harbor House is a safe place for men, women and children that have to leave their homes.

Delivered blankets to the Haysville nursing home, hats and gloves to the senior center and puzzles, games and toys to the youth program at the Haysville Activity Center.

Corporate Hills
Chose to donate to the Open Door Charity. They purchased numerous items to help their ministry to the homeless and the low income households.

Donated money to Mosaic to purchase gifts for residents that are not able to visit family on Christmas day. Tonya Wise was invited to go shopping with the Mosaic employees to pick out gifts for those individuals.

The Taylor branch gave away two baskets of food for Thanksgiving to two lucky drawing winners. They received all the canned goods, cake mix/frosting, etc. to make a meal, plus a gift card to purchase the turkey and other cold items

Money Smart Week - Hesston
Hesston branch had a very successful day at the Library, on April 26th, for Money Smart Week

Girl's Night Out - Phillipsburg
Phillipsburg Branch worked with the Phillipsburg Chamber of Commerce and Main Street for this year’s Girl’s Night Out on April 28, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Parade - Liberal
Cinco de Mayo was celebrated with a parade on May 6, 2017 in Liberal.

Bowl-a-thon - Hays
Hays office had 2 different teams bowl in the Ellis County Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Bowl-a-thon For Kid’s fundraiser on May 1, 2017. The Hays staff raised and donated $2400.00 to the organization.

Ulysses branch entertained some local 3rd graders. They learned about saving money, looney tunes accounts, and toured the facility and then had some treats.

Corporate Hills
Corporate Hills branch sponsored t-shirts for the Inspire Believe Achieve camp again this year. They had drummers from California and Chicago’s Drum CafĂ©.

Movie Night - Hesston
Hesston branch sponsored the Library’s local movie night featuring the Disney movie “Moana”.

Ulysses branch participated in their Grant County Fair Parade on July 16th.

The Quinter branch’s, Norma, Ronda and Jeanne delivered to USD 293, teacher lunch bags, water bottles, “Welcome Back” school letter, and our service brochure.

Hesston Branch distributed bags of goodies to each of the schools (Elementary, Middle and High) and the District office of USD 460.

Golden Dragon Credit Union
Golden Plains’ newest credit union within a school Golden Dragon Credit Union’s Grand Opening-Ribbon Cutting was held on Monday, September 25th at Alta Brown’s morning assembly with several Chamber of Commerce members in attendance, as well as Erich Schaefer, Debbie Foster and Krista Cannon from GPCU and the Principal, Julie Koeperich and staff and students of Alta Brown.

Grant County Home Products Dinner
Our very own Ivy Rodenberg is an Ambassador and represented GPCU.

Hesston branch participated in the Hesston High School Homecoming parade.

Ulysses branch’s 3rd quarter community awareness project. They delivered 30 dozen donuts to all the schools…teacher lounges/breakrooms by 7:30 am on September 28th. A special Thank you to the teachers of USD #214!

Jackson Retirement - Liberal
On September 29th, we celebrated with Janyth Jackson, at the Liberal branch, on her retirement. Janyth retired after 23 years of working for Golden Plains Credit Union.

The CU Difference
Kristi Kells, Corporate Trainer, presented ‘The CU Difference’ to the GCHS Business & Finance Class of 8 Juniors & Seniors.

The Parsons Chamber of Commerce selected the Parson’s Golden Plains CU branch to be their “October Spotlight Chamber Member of the Month!”


2017 Leave a Legacy 5K/10K Run
We had 31 employees from 4 branches and 6 family members on the GPCU team participate in the 2017 Leave a Legacy 5K/10K run.

The Leave a Legacy Foundation was created to honor the former Director of Marketing at GPCU, Laura Kleysteuber, who died at the tender age of 30 after a 6-year battle with brain cancer. The funds collected thru this event strengthen resources to fight cancer in Southwest Kansas. The Foundation has provided the local hospital the funds to purchase life-saving equipment to diagnose and treat the residents of Southwest Kansas.

The Garden City offices presented a check, from their Jean’s Day collections for the months of January through June, for $3,500 to the Heartland Cancer Center/Central Care Cancer Center. The funds are already in use for radiology and chemo treatments for local cancer patients.

Hesston Fall Festival
Hesston branch participated in the Hesston Fall Festival on October 7th with a booth. They had games and prizes for the kids and some giveaways for the adults.

The Wichita Branches participated in the Greater Andover Days on 9/30/2017.

The Ellsworth branch donated $500 toward the Ellsworth Kiwanis Chapter’s splash park project to be added to one of the city’s oldest neighborhood parks, Preisker Park.



Our branch has partnered with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department to sponsor a family in need. Both of the parents had lost their jobs and also their home. They have 5 children and have been homeless for a while. The father has now secured employment and they have rented a small apartment. Our donation is helping furnish beds for the children which they were very excited to have their own beds.

We used our Jeans fund to purchase items for the Wichita Children's Home Holiday Wish list. We purchased infant clothing, infant teething rings, Board Games, Puzzles, Snacks, Juice boxes, Boys and Girls socks, Shampoo and Conditioner, and so much more. This year with the employee's contributions we were able to purchase a lot of the items needed on the Holiday Wish List.


Gifts for residents of Good Samaritan Nursing Home!


Corporate Hills
Corporate Hills donated to two charities this year; Harbor House and McKinney Vento Holiday Gift of Giving.

Harbor House is a safe haven for women and children that have fled abuse homes/relationships. They leave without being able to take anything with them. We were able to fulfill the wish lists for 15 children plus gifts for 25 women.

McKinney Vento Holiday Gift of Giving – McKinney Vento program helps homeless school children/youth. This event provides hygiene products, hats, scarves, gloves, and small gifts for their families. We provided snacks/treats for this event.


We have been busy little shoppers at Hesston. The first picture of food and supplies was donated to Operation Christmas Stocking. Our local Senior Center collects all the food and supplies and then they are shipped to our troops overseas. We also made a donation for the shipping the items. The second picture is our partially filled shopping cart (I missed getting the picture when it was overflowing). That shopping cart turned into picture number 3 of our food donation for our local Resource Center. The Resource Center supports those in our community that are in need of food and other supplies.


The Haysville branch has chosen to donate to the Haysville Community Outreach Program. This program is sponsored by a local church who gives out food boxes every 30 days to needy families. They also do a special Christmas food box and presents for children and families during the holidays. We donated both toys and food to this program.


We have adopted a family of 7 for Christmas and employees personally donated to the fund to purchase some wonderful gifts to make their 2016 Christmas very special! Also, we are collecting groceries on Fridays in lieu of jean money. Our break room looks like a quick shop!!

The Parsons branch just wanted to share some pictures of our Christmas projects from this year. We filled our Toys for Tots box (with the help of our members) and we also bought gifts (green bags) for 4 children in foster care in our community.


Garden City – Corporate Headquarters/Taylor Branch
The Garden City offices donated gifts to the residents at the Homestead Nursing Home for the 3rd year. They each received a Christmas blanket, as well as toiletries related to their gender; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body spray, lotion, deodorant, hair mousse, combs and bobby pins.

In addition, we provided Christmas cookies and punch, as well as Santa and his Elves, for our annual Christmas party at Georgia Matthews Elementary.

Donated $700 to the Hansen Foundation in Logan County in the month of October during their donation match which doubled any donations presented. So we thought we may as well double our donation in that manner.

Sponsored with "The Bank", and "State Bank", the Angel Tree program. This is a program where you have the opportunity to purchase gifts for school children less fortunate.

Bought gifts for 4 kids who were part of the STAR program with the Kearny County Health Dept. They bought each kid a winter coat and toy. The STAR program is for those children whose families can’t afford to get them gifts for Christmas.

Good Sam's



Stepping Stone

Rape Crisis


For our Christmas season we purchase and delivered gift bags (to include toiletries, a throw, and gloves) for each of the 50 residence at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

We also delivered goodie baskets to Brookdale Liberal Springs Assisted Living Facility, Wheatridge Park Care Center, Liberal Senior Center (Not pictured), Liberal Area Rape Crisis Center and Stepping Stone Shelter.

Monetary donation of $1,000 to Liberal Area Rape Crisis. The Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Service is a non- profit organization serving the city of Liberal, Seward County and the surrounding area by providing safety and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and by working to eliminate these crimes. The major work of the organization is to provide a victim advocate program offering temporary shelter, a 24-hour hotline, crisis and support counseling, information and referral, emergency transportation, accompaniment for legal and medical procedures, and public awareness education. All services are free of charge and confidential.

Also a $1,000 donation was made to Stepping Stones Shelter. Stepping Stone Shelter is a temporary housing facility for those having nowhere else to stay. It is the only facility of its kind in the 11 county southwest Kansas area. It also serves the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles and corners of New Mexico and Colorado.

Donated funds to the Hays’ Area Children’s Center-Bright Lights for Little Tykes; Give two needy members a Christmas Dinner.

Donated $485 to Ellsworth Family Connections, Inc.



Liberal Christmas Projects
Donated Christmas baskets to Rape Crisis Center, Stepping Stone Shelter, Liberal Senior Center, Wheatridge Care Center & Good Samaritan Nursing Home. Donated $500 to Crossroads, Rape Crisis Center, Stepping Stone Shelter & Angels for Animals. Also adopted 3 local families and provided them with Christmas gifts.

Donated Jean’s Day funds to purchase items on a Holiday Wish List for the Wichita Children’s Home.

Holiday Distribution for McKinney Vento Families – Wichita
488 children and youth received hats, gloves, books, toys, teen gifts, blankets, pillows, gift cards,  hygiene items and shoes. Golden Plains made goodie bags for all the kids and also provided snacks and refreshments all 3 days for the staff and volunteers.

Georgia Matthews’ Christmas Party – Garden City
Sponsored a Christmas Party at Partner-in-Education school, Georgia Matthews. The party included an appearance by Santa and his Elves, along with refreshments for the students and staff.

Homestead Retirement Home Gifts – Garden City
Donated funds from Jean’s Days to purchase Christmas gifts for retirement home residents.

Childcare Center - Ellsworth
Tonya Wise presents a $500 donation to local daycare.  The funds will go towards a keyless security system.

“Super Hero Training” - Quinter
Employees coordinated an obstacle course promoting fitness at local library.

Relay for Life - Phillipsburg
Raised over $1,300 with employee participation at event.

Family Fun Day - Liberal
Sponsored Family Fun Day at local park; donated $4,100 in proceeds to Kids, Inc.

FREE Blood Pressure Checks - Greenwich
Offered FREE Blood Pressure checks at the branch.

Childhood Obesity Run – Garden City
17 GPCU runners participated in the ½ Marathon, 10K and 5K races to benefit the local Rec’s Summer Youth Fit Camp. Sponsored event with $1,250.

Color Me Rad 5K - Wichita
9 GPCU runners participated in the 5K race to benefit feedONE & the local Ronald McDonald House.

Tiger Tracks 5K – Ulysses
8 GPCU walkers/runners sponsored & participated in the 5K.

Bowl for Kid’s Sake – Hays
Employees raised over $3,000 for the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Cancer Fighters Run, Drive & Fly – Lakin
Sponsored event with 3 employees participating in the 5K.

Emma Creek 5K – Hesston
Sponsored event & presented trophies to winners.

Relay for Life – Parsons
$500 sponsorship of event with employee participation.

Relay for Life – Pittsburg
$500 sponsorship of event with employee participation.

Healthy Snacks for Students – Haysville
Handed out healhty snacks to middle school students on their way home from school.

Nutrition “Banking” Event – Ellsworth
Sponsored presentation on healthy eating.

Leave a Legacy Race – Garden City
27 GPCU runners/walkers participated in the 10K and 5K races to benefit the local Cancer Center. Golden Plains donated $1,000.

Community Fiesta – Garden City
Employees decorated & participated in the Fiesta parade & festivities.  Golden Plains donated $1,000.

EMS Day – Hesston
Employees raised $362 to donate to the local EMS to help purchase medical equipment. EMS Day included a day of wellness testing & demonstrations for the public.

Childhood Obesity Race – Garden City
17 GPCU runners participated in the ½ Marathon, 10K and 5K races to benefit the local Rec’s Summer Youth Fit Camp.

Youth Softball Team – Phillipsburg
GPCU sponsored a youth softball team.

Georgia Matthews’ Christmas Party – Garden City
Sponsored a Christmas Party at Partner-in-Education school, Georgia Matthews. The party included an appearance by Santa and his Elves, along with refreshments for the students and staff.

Homestead Retirement Home Gifts – Garden City
Donated funds from Jean’s Days to purchase Christmas gifts for retirement home residents.

Leave a Legacy Race – Garden City
24 GPCU runners/walkers participated in the 10K and 5K races to benefit the local Cancer Center. Golden Plains also donated $1,000.

Black out the Stadium – Hays
GPCU donated $3,250 to the Hays High Football team from T-shirt sales at a “Blackout the Stadium” event.

Zombie Race – Garden City
10 GPCU runners participated in the 5K race to benefit the local theatre class at the Rec. GPCU was a Corporate Sponsor and donated $500.

Bowl for Kid’s Sake – Hays
GPCU raised $3,250 to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters.