Submitted by Jen Bailey, WESTconsin Credit Union

WESTERN WI — Join WESTconsin Credit Union in celebrating Cooperative Month! In the month of October, WESTconsin is raising money for its local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, celebrating International Credit Union Day® and hosting free community shred events throughout the region.

$1 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Chocolate Bar Sales - October 3-31, credit union members and members of the community are invited to show their support of CMN Hospitals by purchasing a $1 World’s Finest® chocolate bar at their local WESTconsin office. Proceeds help kids when they need it the most—through the efforts of WESTconsin’s local CMN Hospitals—Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN and CMN Hospitals at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, WI. For more information about Gillette, visit gillettechildrens.org. For more information about CMN Hospitals at Gundersen Health System, visit gundersenhealth.org/cmnhospitals.

International Credit Union Day® - On Thursday, October 20, join WESTconsin in celebrating International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) at any of its 14 office locations. Highlights include complementary refreshments, Warm up With WESTconsin giveaway, kids’ activities and more! This year’s theme is “The Authentic Difference™,” a description of credit union’s cooperative structure and principles.

Free Community Shred Events In honor of ICU Day, WESTconsin is offering multiple community shred events throughout the region. Services are free of charge and being performed by ShredAway. There is a limit of 2 cubic foot sized boxes/bags. Contact ShredAway at (715) 835-0811 for additional shredding needs.

Thursday, October 20: Chippewa Falls office, 1680 E Park Avenue, 1-3 p.m.; Menomonie-North office, 2414 Hils Court, 4-6 p.m.

Friday, October 21: Hudson office, 1601 Maxwell Drive, 1-3 p.m.; New Richmond office, 121 Meridian Drive, 4-6 p.m.