Golden 1 Works with Local Artists to Create Face Masks for the Community

May 28, 2020, Sacramento, CA

More than 1,000 face masks donated to local nonprofits

Golden 1 Credit Union (Golden 1) teamed up with local artists from The Atrium to promote community wellbeing by repurposing Golden 1 t-shirts into face masks for local nonprofit organizations. The Atrium is a community-based organization that provides co-working spaces for artists, many of whom have faced reduced income due to the coronavirus. These artists are hard at work to help meet the demand for masks while also providing free masks for first responders and health care workers. 

Golden 1 provided 250 unused t-shirts from past events and commissioned the artists to transform them into 3-layer washable, reusable protective masks. Significant work goes into transforming the t-shirts into protective masks that will last through multiple washes. 

“Golden 1 believes in people helping people, and this is a win-win combination. We are helping artists who are struggling due to COVID-19, and we are helping two amazing community nonprofits,” said Erica Taylor, Vice President, Communications and Community Relations. “This pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but nonprofits and the arts have been particularly impacted. We continue to look for ways to help our community through this crisis, and we are grateful for the opportunity to donate these masks to organizations providing critical services to those in need.”

The face masks were donated to PRO Youth and Families, an organization committed to strengthening youth, their families, and their communities, and Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative, which houses 23 nonprofit organizations and provides children and families a safe place to learn and play. The donation took place on Thursday, May 28 at the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative. Golden 1 will also be donating $2,000 worth of handwashing stations to both organizations.


With nearly $14 billion in assets, Golden 1 Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in the United States and proudly serves all those who live or work in California. Golden 1 Credit Union delivers financial solutions with value, convenience, and exceptional service to our members. As a dynamic and trusted leader, Golden 1 is committed to enhancing the financial well-being of Californians and their diverse communities. Golden 1 is 1 million members strong and has 1,800 employees. Visit for more information.