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Interra in the Community

Interra Credit Union is proud of its ability to be an active participant in the communities we serve. Through donations of staff/volunteer time and talents, financial and in-kind contributions and participation in the work of worthwhile public and private organizations, Interra helps make a positive impact. Many times, our members join beside the credit union’s volunteers and staff to make our projects more successful than we could have imagined.

Business Support

Chambers of Commerce 

Interra is an active member of the chambers in the communities we serve, often assuming leadership positions and involved in various committees. In addition, Interra participates in events and offers financial support to these organizations. Paul Gayler is an Ambassador, and other staff are involved on chamber committees in various communities.


Elkhart County Economic Development Corporation financial support.

Oaklawn Mental Health facility

Help sponsor annual fund-raising gala. The credit union recently committed $25,000 as part of a capital campaign for the school and other facilities. David Birky serves on the Foundation Board and Phil Wiens serves on the board of directors.

Greencroft Retirement Community 

Provide financial support at golf outings, annual gala, and other events. Rex Hochstedler serves on the Greencroft Goshen board of directors.

And more!!!

Family Support

Boys and Girls Clubs

Annual auction, service project, staff member sits on the board of directors. Interra supports the clubs of Goshen, Middlebury and Nappanee. 

  • “BAK-PAK-A-Kid”  - Interra is one of the major sponsors, at $1,000 annually, to the local program, which provides backpacks and school supplies for needy children in the community. Credit union staff members also volunteer to pack the bags and serve on the committee.

Child and Parent Services (CAPS)

Long-time monetary and commodity support.


An Interra staff member is active with this event and the credit union has been a long-time financial supporter.

Family Christian Development Center, Nappanee

Financial support and holiday project donations.

Salvation Army

Support annual Pancake Day, Christmas bell-ringing, auction and other projects. In 2008, provided $2,500 support through auction and donation.

Elkhart County Family Services/Elkhart County Women’s Shelter 

Offer monetary donations and service project recipient.

Bashor Children’s Home 

Service project recipient, monetary donations; have sponsored Christmas parties for the residents. Provide ongoing support to “stock” the nurse’s office.


The credit union provides loan pool funds, financial contributions, work project programs and Stan Yoder, mortgage loan officer, serves on an advisory board.  Sanford Miller, vice president, serves on the fundraising committee.

Riley Children’s Hospital 

Through Fairfield High School event and Goshen Sunrisers Kiwanis “Roses for Riley.”

Fairfield Food Pantry

Interfaith Hospitality Network 

Goshen organization for the homeless.

And more!!

Education, Athletics & the Arts


The credit union supports this small business education program.

Dollars for Scholars

Five $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors – awarded annually in the five high schools in which we have offices. Criteria states that the award should go to those who exemplify the credit union “people helping people” philosophy.

School programs and presentations

Fire prevention and drug awareness program support; Junior Achievement; provide speakers and participants in a variety of classroom settings; support student athletes and athletic programs; arts and music support.

Goshen College

  • Support Michiana Student Aid Fund - $1,000 annually
  • Pledge to help fund new Music Building – $10,000 total
  • ATM on campus – with no surcharge
  • Help underwrite athletic scholarship golf outing and other events
  • Continued support of the Music Building and its cultural programs

Support the Arts

School arts programs, Community Chorale, etc.

Student Athlete Support

Donations and support to Little Leagues, game broadcasts, Sports Boosters, Sports programs.

And more!!

Community Support

Christmas Service Project

The credit union raises literally thousands of dollars in money and items, helps create awareness of organizations and the clienteles they serve. 

  • Interra Credit Union has been awarded a Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility for the last nine years at the state level and has received honorable mention at the national level on three separate occasions.
  • In 2007, the credit union’s board of directors authorized a special corporate commitment of $7,500 in observance of the 75th anniversary. 

Church Support 

Offer support to churches and parochial schools for special events.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair and 4-H programs

4-H livestock auction, “Farmstead of Yesteryear” underwriter, sponsor “Barnball” at the fair; co-sponsor of 4-H Leader Banquet; pay for all 4-H pins in Elkhart County. These efforts represent a significant financial commitment on the part of the credit union.

Service Clubs

  • Rotary – Two Interra Credit Union employees
  • Kiwanis – Five Interra employees
  • Optimists – Four Interra employees
  • Exchange Club – Two Interra employees 

Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival

American Cancer Society

Monetary support and participation in “Daffodil Days” and golf outing. Participated in the Elkhart County Relay for Life event in 2005, 2006, and 2007, raising more than $6,000 each year.

United Cancer Services

Assisting Elkhart County residents who suffer from cancer with a variety of support services.

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Help underwrite “Run for Relief” and other support. Interra was the relief sale “financial institution” in 2005-2007, providing several credit union staff members throughout the two-day event, held in Goshen.

American Heart Association

Leadership roles, participation and monetary support for annual “Heart Walk” event, golf outings, etc.

American Red Cross

“Hero” in 2008 with a $1,000 donation.

AG Council

Sanford Miller, vice president, sits on the board. Organization promotes agriculture in Elkhart County.

Goshen River Race Committee 

Habitat for Humanity 

With three other organizations, co-sponsored “Pete’s House,” the 100th Habitat for Humanity House built in Elkhart County. 

Disaster Relief 

Interra comes to the aid of national and local disasters and traumatic events, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9-11, the Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Recently, the credit union donated $5,000 for the Nappanee Tornado fund. 

Nappanee's Apple Festival 

Middlebury Fall Festival

And more!!!

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