Category Archives: Contest Winners

The Charms of Charity

BrightStar Credit Union is happy to help the community with a brand new contest

 photo shutterstock_169952327_zpsb95114b9.jpgWho doesn’t love a good charity? Whether it’s making a child’s wish come true or helping someone who lives in poverty, charities have a way of making the world a better place. You may be someone that donates on a weekly basis or maybe you have always thought about donating but it always slips your mind. Whatever the case may be, donations to any organization have benefits that are not only physical, but emotional as well.

Most of us can agree that donating money, time or property would make even the scroogiest person feel good. But there are more benefits than just making yourself feel better.

1.Show your appreciation

Maybe you went through some hard times and there was a food bank that was always there when you needed help. Donating time, money or food is an excellent way to show your gratitude toward them. Another way to show your appreciation is to make a donation under the name of a lost loved one. It’s a great way to honor them and their beliefs. Just choose an organization that meant a lot to them and give what you can. Any donation will show your appreciation and give back to the community.

2. Stay informed about social injustices

A social injustice is something that is happening in society that is unfair. For example, maybe you heard of the KONY 2012 campaign sponsored by Invisible Children. It is a viral video that taught the world about Joseph Kony, a war criminal that kidnaps children in Africa to make them apart of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The children are often forced to kill their family with “blunt tools” and girls are abducted to become sex slaves. It’s a very horrific topic but still something the world should know about. Well, that campaign raised more than $15,000,000 back in 2012 and is still fundraising today. By donating to Invisible Children or any other organization, you can stay up-to-date with social issues that are important to you.

3. Simple as Paying It Forward

Imagine you’re in line at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru, waiting to pay for your medium coffee and an egg and cheese bagel. When you pull up to the window (with your BrightStar Credit Union debit card of course) the worker tells you your breakfast has been paid for. It turns out the person in the car in front of you paid for your meal. This is known as Pay It Forward. If someone did a random act of kindness for you, all you have to do is Pay It Forward by doing an act of kindness for a stranger. This could be anything from complimenting a stranger to packing a lunch for a homeless person. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something that will make your community a better place.

4. Tax-deductible donations

A tax-deductible donation is simply an item or expense you donated to a qualified tax-exempt organization. You then subtract your donation from your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to lower the amount of taxes you pay. These donations will actually help you because tax laws let you claim a deduction for most of the cash or items you donate as long as the value is more than $250.

5. Clean the clutter

Do you have a garage that is filled with old furniture, like couches, TV’s and dining room tables? Spring cleaning may have already passed but you can get rid of the furniture and donate it to organizations like Goodwill. It offers limited at-home pickup in certain areas for large, gently-used items.

6. Make new friends

If you’re new to the area and don’t have many friends or just interested in meeting a new group, volunteering is a great way to meet people. South Florida offers tons of opportunities to help your community, like becoming a Literacy Ambassador to help at-risk children enjoy reading or helping out at a charity dog wash to support the South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue. Wherever you decide to volunteer, you’re sure to meet new people and maybe even find a new hobby.

Now it’s time for the fun stuff! BrightStar Credit Union wants to help you help your community. Keep checking the BrightStar Credit Union Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on an exciting contest coming up that could help out your favorite charity.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Donna R, Cherie P & Colleen H, lucky (random) winners of our Holiday prize packs valued at more than $100! All they had to do was share a memory on our FB wall. Thanks for sharing your holiday memories & Happy Holidays to everyone.

Congrats to Sherri, Winner of an Apple iPad!

Congrats to Sherri D. winner of an Apple iPad for the month of October. We’re giving away one more for the end of November. You could win too if you register for BrightStar e-Statements before November 30, 2011. If you’re already registered, then you’re entered!

 e-Statements are the free, convenient way to keep track of your Credit Union accounts online. Members can register for e-Statements within Online Banking by simply clicking on the e-Statements link.

 More info is available on our e-Statements info page here: www.bscu.org/estatements

Congrats to Vicky, Winner of an Apple iPad!

Congrats to Vicky R. winner of an Apple iPad for the month of September. We’re giving away two  more between now and the end of November. You could win too if you register for BrightStar e-Statements. If you’re already registered, then you’re entered!

 e-Statements are the free, convenient way to keep track of your Credit Union accounts online. Members can register for e-Statements within Online Banking by simply clicking on the e-Statements link.

 More info is available on our e-Statements info page here: www.bscu.org/estatements

Congratulations to our BrightStar e-Statements winners!

Congrats to Sandy E. winner of an Apple iPad 2 for the month of August. We’re giving away three more between now and the end of November. You could win too if you register for BrightStar e-Statements. If you’re already registered, then you’re entered!

e-Statement is the free, convenient way to keep track of your Credit Union accounts online. Members can register for e-Statements within Online Banking by simply clicking on the e-Statements link.

More info is available on our e-Statements info page here: www.bscu.org/estatements

Congratulations to Our July e-Statement Contest Winner!

Congrats to Daniel U. winner of an Apple iPad for the month of July. We’re giving away four more between now and the end of November. You could win too if you register for BrightStar e-Statements. If you’re already registered, then you’re entered!

 e-Statement is the free, convenient way to keep track of your Credit Union accounts online.  Members can register for e-Statements within Online Banking by simply clicking on the e-Statements link.

 More info is available on our e-Statements info page here: https://www.bscu.org/estatements/index.htm

BECON-TV’s School Duel Was A Hit!

The first season of School Duel recently came to an end, so we’re taking a moment to applaud all the amazing high school players. School Duel is the exciting academic quiz show from BECON-TV. BrightStar Credit Union is an official sponsor. The first year was a huge success with prizes, contests and loads of tough questions. The 15 week tournament featured 16 schools from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Congratulations to Westminster Christian High School, the School Duel Champions! Also, congratulations to Abia A. from The College Academy at BC. He was voted the BrightStar Credit Union “Star of the Year” on www.schoolduel.tv!

Have a great summer.

BrightStar Awards Four Schools $100 for their Environmental Projects!

 

 

Broward Schools’ Education Technology Services department and BECON TV recently partnered to hold a competition for school Environmental Clubs so that schools could share how their “Acts of Green” have contributed to saving our planet.

 Winners of the Acts of Green Video Competition were recognized at a recent School Board Meeting, and their videos were shared on BECON TV. BrightStar Credit Union provided a $100 donation for each of the four winning Environmental Clubs! (Can you say Pizza Party???)

 Congrats to all of the winners: Indian Trace Elementary, Sawgrass Springs Middle, Pompano Beach High and Coral Springs High School Community Adult Resource Education Program (CARE).  To see all the videos submitted, go to:  https://becon223.eduvision.tv/ and choose the “Acts of Green” Channel.