As part of an agreement between the Bridgewater Credit Union and BSU's Financial Literacy and Giving (FLAG) program, BCU recently donated $10,000 to help fund FLAG’s student-implemented service projects.
FLAG was established to encourage students to initiate social entrepreneurship projects involving community service and other good business practices. The BCU-funded projects include a financial literacy training program for local high school students, a student art gallery aimed at educational outreach, and a resident hall recycling program at BSU to benefit various charities.
According to Dr. Margaret Brooks, professor and chairperson of economics and director of the nine-week FLAG program, the partnership between BCU and BSU helps promote improved financial literacy in the region and brings expertise and funding to support BSU students, who in turn help contribute to the town's economy and financial institutions.
"Both institutions share a common interest in supporting the town of Bridgewater and the surrounding communities," says Dr. Brooks. "Helping BSU students become financially literate not only empowers the students, but also helps them become informed contributors to the local economy and banking system for many years to come."