Area credit union donates $1,000 to Centralia Police to help spread good will

February 4, 2020

Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) announced they have donated $1,000 in LLCU Visa Gift Cards to the Centralia Police Department. The gift cards can be used, at the discretion of the police force, to spread good will throughout the Greater Centralia community, offering them to citizens when they see a need.

“We’re offering this program in several communities that LLCU serves and it has been very well received,” states Robert Ares, LLCU CEO. “The main purpose of the program is for LLCU to show our appreciation and support of local law enforcement, while giving them the monetary resource to help citizens when they witness a community member in need while patrolling. The hope is that it helps officers forge strong relationships with the community. What they use the gift cards for is completely at their discretion, but we envision them being used in situations like a citizen needing a meal, a child needing a coat, even perhaps when someone is pulled over for a broken tail light, to help them get it repaired.”

Land of Lincoln Credit Union Centralia Staff and LLCU CEO, Robert Ares, met with Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson at the new Centralia LLCU branch (234 N. Poplar St., Centralia, IL 62801) on Tuesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. to present the gift cards.

Pictured (L to R) are Makalia Atkins, Centralia Branch Manager; Greg Dodson, Centralia Chief of Police; Robert Ares, LLCU CEO; Justin Roley, LLCU Regional Manager; and Brandon Smith, LLCU Universal Banker.