Making a Difference
Our dedicated team contributes both time and financial support to the people and communities where we live and work. Each year, CU Recovery & The Loan Service Center's 'Jeans for a Cause' committee plans, organizes and leads a number of charitable events involving employee participation. Opportunities throughout the year to wear jeans to work is a benefit appreciated by many staff members and with a 'pay-to-wear' approach, a good cause is connected to the privilege. Casual 'jeans' days are even more valued as a result.

Jeans for a Cause,
monthly employee fundraising programs benefit various excellent causes and have raised $69,819.00 since the program began in 2013:

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Their mission is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.  

Haven Housing is an emergency shelter and provider of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They provide women in crisis or transition with a stable environment and the opportunity to explore options for their future. At each of their three Haven Housing programs, they strive to support women as they stabilize, heal from trauma, work to identify and overcome their barriers to independence, find their strength and create a more hopeful future.  

Sharing and Caring Hands is a compassionate response to the need of the poor. They are set up to be a safety-net organization to help with whatever needs are not being met. This includes but is not limited to providing means, clothing and shelter. Sharing and Caring Hands is an extension of the community to those in need and a way for volunteers to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Children's Cancer Research Fund is a national nonprofit, that believes kids deserve safe less toxic treatments, and are committed to funding groundbreaking research and services that enhance healing and care. Children's Cancer Research Fund helps fund a verity of projects such as new and developing research, helping survivors and so much more.

Family Pathways began in 1978 as the Family Resource Center, that provided counseling services to youth and families. Over the years Family Pathways expanded to meet the growing needs of the many different communities in East Central Minnesota. In 1998, the organization changed to adopt its current mission, to work with communities to develop supportive, caring relationships to help people meet their basic needs.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.


Jeans for a Cause raised over $69,819.00 since its inception in 2013. The following organizations have benefited from the generosity of CU Recovery & The Loan Service Center employees:
Goldy's Run, University of Minnesota Children's Medical Center
The Salvation Army
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Ronald McDonald House
Community Helping Hand Food Shelves
Good Guy Open
American Diabetes Association
Regions Hospital Foundation - Alzheimer's Research
 Animal Humane Society - Kindest Cut
St. Jude- Children's Research Hospital
 Make A Wish Foundation
American Cancer Society
Education Foundation & Project Lifesaver
MCBW, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
NEDA, National Eating Disorder
American Heart Association
ALS Association
Backpacks for Kids
Northwoods Humane Society
Special Olympics/The Polar Plunge
Toys for Tots 
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Family Pathways Community Food Shelves
American Cancer Society - Relay for Life 
DQ Miracle Treat Day
Breast Cancer Awareness
Forest Lake Community Helping Hand
Meals on Wheels and Lifesaver
Cystic Fibrosis
Feed My Starving Children
Autism Society or Minnesota
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Stomp Out Suicide
Children's Miracle Network