January 19, 2024The Community Benefits of PEFCU’s Focus on Health

Hello, again! Alyssa here, and it’s lovely to see you back to wrap up our chat about PEFCU’s community pillars! 

So far, we have gone over PEFCU’s focus on both Education and the Environment, leaving Health as our third and final pillar! 

Why Health Matters to PEFCU 

In today’s fast-paced world, health and wellness have become increasingly important. Organizations like Publix Employees Federal Credit Union have focused on health-related organizations and making healthy habits a priority, which promotes a healthier workforce and contributes to the overall well-being of the community.  

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness at a local 5k event!

PEFCU’s Contribution to the Community 

PEFCU has volunteered time, sponsored health-related initiatives, and donated money to several organizations, including Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM), Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, March of Dimes, Southeastern Guide Dogs, National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, One Blood, Feeding America, and many more!  

Our Jacksonville branch is extremely passionate about giving back to their local food banks!

PEFCU partners with the LVIM and Feeding America food pantries, hosts blood drives on behalf of One Blood, holds bake sales and fundraisers for March of Dimes, participates in 5K’s in support of a cure for Breast Cancer and mental health awareness, and sponsors major events such as the Lakeland Swan Derby to benefit working and uninsured residents in Lakeland. By gearing our efforts toward health-related initiatives, PEFCU contributes to the overall well-being of the community it serves.  

Joining forces at the 5k to support March of Dimes, where every step contributes to a healthier start for babies and families in need.

Empowering Healthier Individuals 

PEFCU’s emphasis on health empowers individuals within the organization to prioritize their well-being. By offering wellness programs, resources, and incentives, the credit union encourages associates to adopt healthy lifestyles. When individuals prioritize their health, they become more productive, engaged, and motivated. This empowerment extends beyond the workplace, as healthier associates positively impact their families and the broader community by setting an example and encouraging healthy habits. 

Our Lakeland branch serving the community with heart at the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine mobile food pantry!

One of the ways PEFCU incorporates health and wellness in the workplace is with our annual Wellness Day. On this day, each of our branches are set up with multiple wellness vendors with valuable information related to health and wellness. We have health food vendors with free samples, gym organizations promoting discounted fitness classes of all levels, yoga instructors teaching classes in our meeting rooms, and clinics with information relating to dermatology, podiatry, and more! It’s a fun and educational day full of raffles and giveaways that encourages our associates to get up and get moving! 

Finding balance and serenity at our Wellness Day yoga class!

In addition, PEFCU also has its own Health and Wellness newsletter called, “Healthy Perspectives” and offers quick and healthy meal recipes and touches on topics such as exercising after an injury, eating through the holidays, managing stress, financial spending, and our emotions, and so much more! It’s a great read and really empowers our associates to be more mindful about their physical, mental, emotional, and financial stresses and how to overcome them.  

PEFCU runs for mental health in support of NAMI to raise awareness and break the stigma.

If that wasn’t enough, did you know that PEFCU offers their associates FREE health insurance through Cigna? This allows them to sign up for the Virgin Pulse Platform through Cigna, a behavior change system that offers a best-in-class, personalized digital health and well-being experience for every individual. It’s just another benefit of PEFCU that makes it a great workplace! 

The Publix Employees Federal Credit Union’s emphasis on health goes beyond the well-being of its associates—it positively impacts the entire community. By empowering healthier individuals both in and outside of the workplace and promoting community well-being, PEFCU actively contributes to a healthier and more vibrant community. Through its focus on health, PEFCU demonstrates its commitment to the long-term well-being of its members and serves as a catalyst for positive change in the broader community. 

We would love to hear from you on which health-related non-profits are near and dear to your heart, so tell us in the comments below! For any questions or suggestions regarding our practices, please reach out to me, Alyssa, at [email protected]! I look forward to hearing from you!  

Alyssa Ronan, Community Engagement Specialist 


Alyssa began her career with the Publix Employees Federal Credit Union in
January 2022 after almost 9 years of experience with Publix Super Markets, Inc. At
the credit union, she found her passion for fundraising and philanthropy. Alyssa
enjoys engaging with the community through marketing events and community
service efforts. Some of Alyssa’s favorite non-profits are the SPCA, Lakeland
Volunteers in Medicine, and the Guardian ad Litem program. When she’s not
indulging in her work, she loves traveling, attending baseball games, and
spending time with her family and her Great Dane, “Lemon.” Alyssa is enthusiastic
about continuing to make a name for PEFCU in the community while creating
long-lasting partnerships with the non-profits that spread across our footprint. 

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