Local credit union teams up with others to benefit kids at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

This summer, Marion Community Credit Union joined the rest of Ohio’s 300 credit unions, along with the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, to build a year-round horticultural therapy suite at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, to positively impact the hospital’s young patients and enrich the local community. MCCU contributed $5000.00 towards the project.

The new horticultural therapy suite is an enhancement of Angie’s Rooftop Garden at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Open year-round, the Horticultural Therapy Suite provides young patients with a place to enjoy gardening and plant-based activities for exercise, relaxation, and stress reduction. Patients can work with plants, soil and seeds as they dig into nature. New equipment and activity centers in the suite will help the staff at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital address the special needs of hospitalized children and their families.

“The horticultural therapy suite is a place of exploration, learning, growth and relaxation; it invites visitors to step away from the day-to-day life of visiting and living in the hospital, giving patients and their families an opportunity to explore and experience the world outside the hospital,” said Vidya Iyengar, President/CEO of MCCU. “And we’re tremendously proud of having helped the suite become a reality, serving the thousands of sick and injured children from throughout Ohio who are treated at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.”

Ohio’s credit unions honored the Republican National Convention by taking on the project. The effort represents a tradition of credit unions honoring cities that host the national party conventions with “leave-behind” projects which serve the local communities long after the conventions have left town. A similar project was done for the children’s hospital in Philadelphia, host of the Democratic National Convention.

Statewide fundraising by Ohio’s credit unions rose more than the target goal of $325,000, the amount needed to cover the costs of the project.

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