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Education is empowering. It enables students to transform their lives and the lives of those around them. Yet in today’s rapidly evolving, technology-driven world, it’s important that students not only have access to education, but that they’re also given the best tools and exposed to the biggest ideas.

That’s why Mission Federal Credit Union is on a mission to give extra financial support to local San Diego schools, from elementary through college. As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative based right here in San Diego County, Mission Fed is dedicated to the local community. By becoming a member, you’ll enjoy the value of great rates, low fees, and access to 30 local branches.

You’ll also be able to make a difference in the community by helping fund educational programs of your choice. With the Mission for Our Schools program, when you open a Mission Fed account, not only will you receive $25 into that new account, Mission Fed will also make a matching donation directly to the school of your choice. These no-strings-attached funds can be used by your school for everything from classroom computers to museum field trips, instruments for the band to science equipment and classroom supplies.

Other examples of how Mission Fed has helped empower local students through educational initiatives include:

Mission 2 $AVE
Mission Fed partnered with a group of local schools and the Girl Scouts of San Diego to create a convenient and consistent way for students of today to learn how to save for tomorrow, as well as to understand the value of money. The award-winning Mission 2 $AVE Credit Union at School Program resulted in more than 5,000 student savers at 47 local schools and balances over two million dollars. Mission Fed has also expanded the Mission 2 $AVE offer to San Diego Girl Scouts and McGrath Family JA BizTown participants.

New Children’s Museum
Mission Fed’s sponsorship of the New Children’s Museum education programs means over 12,000+ children from San Diego County Title I schools will experience artistic exposure during their no-cost visit. These visits lead to gains in critical thinking, collaboration, optimism, problem solving, creativity, confidence, and interpersonal skills. All of which give students a more vibrant, fulfilling life.

MAX Out My Class
Mission Fed is all about maximizing teacher recognition. During the school year, in partnership with 105.7 Max FM, Mission Fed’s MAX Out My Class recognizes the dedication and passion that teachers devote to their students’ future. Every Tuesday, the radio station’s crew and Mission Fed visit a school to award a classroom a $200 gift card, a Mission Fed goodie bag, and an on-air interview focused on the teacher and his/her students.

Kids Free in October
Mission Fed has been a longtime supporter of the San Diego Zoo and a sponsor of Kids Free in October since 2011, which allows children ages 11 and under to experience a fun day with their loved ones while learning about animal care and conservation science. This past year alone, over 162,885 kids attended the Zoo and the Safari Park for free through the month of October. The event continues to be a tremendous opportunity to reach children of all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds with a message of hope, and to instill caring for animals, plants, and nature at a young age. Our young guests’ experiences will encourage them to become the next generation of conservationists.

To learn more about how you can empower local students through education by becoming a Mission Fed member, visit

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