Community Involvement

Gulf Winds CaresGulf Winds believes in the credit union philosophy of people helping people. We are committed to supporting the communities we serve, and that’s why we created Gulf Winds Cares, a program that engages our team in giving back to our communities. Gulf Winds Cares impacts our youth, elderly, schools and many local organizations.

Just like you, the Gulf Winds team lives, works, and worships within our community charter and we firmly believe in giving back our time and money because we know our investments will have an impact for years to come.

Supporting Our Community During COVID-19

Guided by the credit union philosophy People Helping People, Gulf Winds donated $100,000 through the Gulf Winds Cares program to combat the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its effects on our community.

Gulf Winds donated $65,000 to Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for its staff. This donation is equivalent to the cost of one month’s worth of supplies, under normal circumstances. Hospitals in our Alabama service area received $8,000 to purchase PPE. 

The remaining $27,000 went to first responders across our service area. They were provided protective equipment including hazmat suits, N95 masks, cotton masks, gloves, cleaning products and over 100 gallons of hand sanitizer. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Community Fund received $5,000 to provide meals to seniors in need.

Gulf Winds Scholarship Program

We know the importance of continuing your education, but also are aware that the cost continues to rise. That is why we established a scholarship program to help local students with some of those expenses. Each year Gulf Winds awards $5,000 scholarships to four eligible applicants. The awards are intended for first-year continuing education students only.

The 2020 Scholarship Program Application is now closed. Please check back here for updates and information on the 2021 application process. 

Organization and Event Sponsorship

Gulf Winds is not accepting new sponsorship requests at this time. If you have questions about Gulf Winds Cares activities and sponsorships, please email [email protected]