As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Treasury, and Small Business Administration implemented the Paycheck Protection Program in 2020. This was an effort to assist small business owners whose business operations had been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis through a short-term loan relief program.
Participating with the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program gave us the ability to help out businesses that were in need. AFS-USA was one of these businesses.
On July 22, 2021 AFS-USA was kind enough to send us a wonderful Thank you card and gift, it read.
“Dear Steve and the SRI Federal Credit Union Team:
I was given the privilege of delivering our gift to try to thank you for your support and guidance and confidence in 2020 and 2021 as we worked to survive. THANK YOU from me and all the staff and students and families whose lives were touched by your help. Thank you too from the Board & Leadership Team of AFS-USA. Jed“
The base of the Globe shows:
“AFS Intercultural Programs USA
Thank You SRIFCU!
Your PPP Pulled Us Through The Pandemic AFS-USA 2020”
A little about AFS-USA. They are a high school intercultural exchange program where students from all over the world come to the United States and stay for a semester with a guest family (and U.S. students go overseas). As you might expect, their organization was pretty much shut down during the pandemic and relied on their PPP loans to survive.
Their organization was created by the volunteer WWI and WWII American Field Service ambulance drivers-who emerged from the wars with a bold mission: to help prevent future conflict through cultural exchange and understanding