Austin, Texas, July 10, 2023 – Employees from Greater Texas Credit Union worked alongside the men and women that live at Community First! Village to help prepare their Genesis Gardens for the new growing season.
Fifteen employees volunteered their time to help set up mulch beds, install new strawberry planting beds, and prep and plant a variety of vegetables and flowers. The credit union also donated the funds to build the strawberry beds and pay the skilled labor – Community First! Resident – a fair wage.
Genesis Gardens is part of the 50-acre Community First! Village that provides affordable, permanent housing for the disabled and homeless in Central Texas. The gardens are nurtured and tended to by residents who earn an income by working in the gardens or caring for the farm’s livestock.
Goods harvested from the gardens are made available to Village neighbors at a weekly Farmer’s Market, where they can select from fresh produce, herbs, and eggs to fill their pantry.
“It was an honor to work with the residents in their beautiful garden,” said Molly Daniels, SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer at Greater Texas Credit Union. “The village residents were a joy to work with and we learned a lot about gardening from them.”
She added, “Volunteering at the Village is a humbling and rewarding experience. We look forward to returning and being able to do more to help their residents succeed.”
Community First! Village is a ministry of Mobile Loaves & Fishes.
About Greater Texas Credit Union
Greater Texas Credit Union, founded in 1952, is a financial cooperative that emphasizes community stewardship, charitable giving, and employee volunteerism through its Greater Good initiative. Together with its subsidiary, Aggieland Credit Union – which serves the Brazos Valley – the credit union offers a wide variety of consumer-oriented banking services to its 80,000 members across the state of Texas. Greater Texas has locations in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Bryan-College Station, Edinburg, and the Dallas-Ft. Worth market with assets of nearly $1 billion.