Citadel Supports Nonprofit’s Mission to Transform Lives by Repairing Homes for Low-Income Families

Mark Hostutler

Citadel isn’t just one business in a community full of them. It takes part in a wide variety of initiatives and programs that make a difference in a very real way.

Citadel hosts and sponsors events, makes regular financial contributions to nonprofits, and encourages its employees to volunteer for causes that are important to them.

Its members and employees live and work here, and that’s what inspires them to give back. One such example is Citadel’s partnership with Good Works, a faith-based nonprofit that transforms lives by repairing homes for low-income families in Chester County.

Citadel presented Good Works with a $10,000 check on Tuesday night at the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Corporate Citizenship event, held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Coatesville.

“We are the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, yet there are 35,000 people here living at or below the federal poverty level,” said Bob Beggs, the Executive Director of Good Works who shared heartwarming stories about the 175 families, on average, that his organization assists each year. “The work that we do is at no cost to the homeowners. The work is done by 1,700 volunteers and a small but capable office staff.”

Those volunteers dedicate their time to not only make repairs to homes but to also uplift the people living in them.

“Part of our mission is sharing the hope found in Jesus Christ,” said Beggs. “People living in poverty have a greater need than simply the fact that their home is falling down around them.”

Doug Thompson, Citadel’s Director of Retail Delivery, discussed the credit union’s support of Good Works, which dates back to 2009.

“As an employee of Citadel, we’re able to do eight hours of community service every year,” he said. “One of the areas our employees enjoy volunteering the most is for Good Works. Since 2009, more than 350 of our employees have invested 4,500 volunteer hours with the organization.

“A day out of the office, with some sun on your face and some sweat on your brow, is so rewarding. We see in our employees’ faces, when they come back to the office, what the volunteering does for them.”

Click here to learn more about Good Works, and click here to learn more about Citadel.

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