Community Support

Family splashes in fountains in front of library

We live where you do.

(Well, not exactly where you do, that would make us roommates. We’d be the cool roommate, though – the one that makes good lasagna and cleans the bathroom.)

As a local financial institution, Linn Area Credit Union participates in, sponsors and donates to many charitable organizations in the community. Feel free to request a donation for your nonprofit organization!

We also look to educate people whenever possible so they can make good financial decisions. For example, we offer “lunch and learns” to our business partners where we serve lunch as well as present an educational topic. Our seminars are pretty popular, too. They’re held at our main office and they cover topics from identity theft protection, to buying a home for the first time, to navigating the college financial aid process.

Out in the community

Linn Area Credit Union sponsors The Teacher Store, the only one of its kind in Iowa. The Teacher Store is a non-profit organization that provides free classroom materials and supplies to area educators and their students.

We hold several fundraisers throughout the year to support our primary charity, The Children’s Miracle Network at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. We present our check at the annual CMN Radiothon. As of 2021, Linn Area CU has donated more than $502,000.

There is almost always some representation of Linn Area Credit Union at community events. For example, Linn Area CU is a proud participant in the annual Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer.

Balloon Glow is a popular Freedom Festival Event that is sponsored by Linn Area Credit Union every year. This family-friendly event has been held at various venues throughout Cedar Rapids.

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without hearing The Salvation Army bell ringers when you’re out shopping for bargains. You might even see some of our Linn Area CU staff donating their time to the cause!

Here is a list of organizations we have financially supported or provided volunteer support for in our communities.

Balloon Glow 2021

Linn Area Credit Union is a proud sponsor of Balloon Glow, a Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival event. The flagship event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Balloon Glow came roaring back, only to be slowed down by rain -- lots and lots of rain. Spirits were high, though, and people splashed in puddles and enjoyed some great performances from local entertainers, including Alisabeth von Presley.

Balloon Glow 2019

In 2019, Balloon Glow was held at the Sinclair Levy. About 15,000 people came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and see the hot-air balloons fire up at dusk. Alisabeth Von Presley rocked the crowd with her fabulous music and energizing stage show. Linn Area Credit Union is proud to sponsor the annual Balloon Glow, a Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival event. Thanks to Abing Video.

Balloon Glow 2017

Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival. Linn Area Credit Union is a longtime sponsor of the Balloon Glow, and the event has grown every year. More than 22,000 people came out in 2017 to enjoy live music by The Pork Tornadoes and see the hot-air balloons in all their glory.

Community Support 2017

Linn Area Credit Union is very much a local not-for-profit organization, and as such, providing support to our communities is very important to us! We did some amazingly fun things to raise money for charity, from being a United Way Pacesetter to our annual golf outing for Children's Miracle Network. Here's a look at some of the shenanigans and community support we provided in 2017.