Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Coordinators, Sales Assistants Donate for Youth at Conference


Attendees at the CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI) Coordinators and Sales Assistant Academy conference in Milwaukee, WI came together Mar. 11-13 and provided much-needed donations of supplies and personal items for troubled youth and their families. 

The donations were collected for the Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center, a Milwaukee non-profit that meets the needs of runaways and homeless youth by helping them resolve personal and family problems, strengthen family relationships and support safe and stable homes.

Jennifer Klein, CBSI Learning & Development Manager says that CBSI employees and the attendees at the CSAA conference demonstrated their commitment to making a difference and giving back to the community.

“Conference attendees work at credit unions, which have an ongoing mission to meet the needs of people at all levels of society.  It’s very much a shared value in our movement and we’re very happy that so many attendees brought donations,” Klein said.

Audra O’Connell, Executive Director of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center, thanked attendees at the opening session of the conference and noted how the organization provides shelter, safety and understanding for young people dealing with a variety of stressful problems. 

“Teens who come to us for help are usually having serious problems at home,” O’Connell noted. 

“They leave because of abuse or neglect and many come from alcohol or drug addicted families.”

She added, “Our goals are to encourage families to work out problems, help youth decide on a positive course of action and ensure a more stable living environment.”

Donations can be made online by visiting https://walkerspoint.org/support-us.

For those interested in learning more about youth issues, Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center is affiliated with the National Network for Youth.