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Community Involvement

By: Fairmont FCU
Published: 03/14/2017

Robes for Recovery

Robes for Recovery is a project started by Fairmont Federal Credit Union's CFO, Debra Droppleman. Volunteers from Fairmont FCU employees and their friends and family make and distribute dignity robes for breast cancer radiation patients to 4 area hospitals. The robes are a kind of modified scrub top with Velcro down the sides and front to allow easy, comfortable, and modest access during radiation treatment. Debbie's personal story is what has inspired so much enthusiasm for this project, as well as the knowledge that very few in our community have not been touched in some way by breast cancer.

When I began radiation treatment several years ago at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, I was given a "dignity robe" that was made by volunteers and donated through the hospital. The robe was specially designed with Velcro closures up the center and sides for easy access. That smock has been with me for over 100 radiation treatments and every time I wear it I am grateful for the kind and considerate volunteers who support cancer patients with their love and handiwork. While dignity robes are routinely provided to cancer patients in the Pittsburgh area, they are not generally available in our area hospitals. It is for these reasons that Fairmont Federal Credit Union employees are eager to commit their time and resources to producing radiation robes for breast cancer patients in our communities.


Debbie Droppleman

Fairmont Federal Credit Union Chief Financial Officer and Robes for Recovery Coordinator

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Mad City Money™

Mad City Money is a 3 hour simulation for high-school students. Every fall and spring, Fairmont FCU runs this simulation with our Partners in Education high schools. Each participant receives an "About Me" sheet that contains: an occupation and salary, student loan debt owed, credit card debt owed, and cost of medical insurance. Some participants will have a spouse, some will be single, and some will be single parents.

Participants build a monthly budget based on their incomes. They visit nine merchant in Mad City to purchase housing, transportation, food, day care, and other needs. There's a mall for wants and, of course, a credit union for financial services.

The Fickle Finger of Fate randomly visits each participant during the simulation and distributes unexpected windfalls and unplanned expenses. Participants use a debit card for their purchases and must balance both their debit card register and their budgets.

Each participant will

  • Practice budgeting as an adult with realistic circumstances.
  • Identify and experience the consequences of poor decisions.
  • Develop good judgment regarding spending and making a budget.
  • Understand that budgeting is a necessary step in good money management and that it isn't difficult

Community Organization Donation Requests

If you are part of a community organization and would like to request a donation from Fairmont Federal Credit Union, please click here to download the form and information on sending it to us.


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