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Travis Credit Union Foundation Donates $40K to the Leaven

Monday, June 29, 2020  
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Vacaville, CA  –  The Travis Credit Union Foundation is contributing $40,000 to the Leaven to support  after-school mentoring and tutoring programs to low-income neighborhoods where high dropout rates and gangs threaten the community. This donation was made possible with donations received through Travis Credit Union Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Initiative, which were generously matched by Travis Credit Union.  The Leaven is the first of many organizations participating in this initiative to raise the full $20,000 and receive a $20,000 matching gift from Travis Credit Union.

“We greatly appreciate this grant as these important funds are crucial,” stated Mark Lillis, executive director of the Leaven.   “We lost two of our fundraisers from not being able to meet with COVID-19. Without these emergency funds, we would not be able to have the financial resources to remotely assist the hundreds of students who were left with very little educational assistance while the school season was terminated.”

The Travis Credit Union Foundation is dedicated to lifting communities through financial wellness.  Financial wellness looks different today than it did earlier this year.  While business shutdowns, self-quarantines and “shelter in home” orders have kept people safe from the virus, they have also limited the capacity of families to access income, food and much needed resources.  Community organizations are continuing to provide more services with less resources. To meet this demand for support in our communities, the Travis Credit Union Foundation is raising funds for local non-profits who provide these essential resources.

“We are focusing where we know funds will immediately recirculate and strengthen communities, creating authentic community impact and financial wellness.  We continue seeking more resources to help non-profits (501c3) survive and innovate as we all prepare for a ‘new normal’ in the aftermath of COVID-19.” – Damian Alarcon, President, Travis Credit Union Foundation.

About Travis Credit Union Foundation
Travis Credit Union Foundation supports financial education, literacy and wellness initiatives and is the philanthropic arm of Travis Credit Union. The Foundation’s mission is to build financially empowered communities and its vision is to create philanthropic solutions for building sustainable financial wellness in communities for generations to come. 100% of funds raised go back to the community.  For more information about the Travis Credit Union Foundation and its COVID-19 Relief efforts go to

About the Leaven
The Leaven brings after-school mentoring and tutoring programs to low-income neighborhoods where high dropout rates and gangs threaten the community. Its practical and proven programs help revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods, improving lives and opportunity. Its mission is to revitalize communities through early education intervention. The Leaven lives out this mission through practical programs that transform and empower entire communities and the families that call them home. Leaven is defined as “a pervasive influence that modifies something or transforms it for the better.” The Leaven believes that when children are successful in school, and have a positive adult influence in their lives, they are significantly less likely to drop out, commit a crime, or join a gang.  For more information about the Leaven go to

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