Members Cooperative Credit Union, Cloquet, Minn., gave a $250 check to member Tom Gilbert as a part of their emergency fund account program. The recently launched program was designed to save the day when unexpected crises arise. The credit union's emergency fund account offers incentives to account holders who build their savings on a monthly basis through automatic transfers. Each transfer of $5 or more qualifies account holders for entry into monthly drawings of $250 and annual drawings of $1,000.
Point Loma Credit Union, Temecula, Calif., helped raise money for Michelle's Place Women's Breast Cancer Resource Center, a Murietta-based organization for women battling the disease, with a unique entry for a "Golden Bra" competition. The entry, which was crafted by two credit union employees, was composed of purple coins, with small pink $100 bills cascading down the front and pink ribbons. The entries were displayed at the Wild Women of Wine Country Luncheon. Proceeds from entry fees went to Michelle's Place.
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Phoenix, awarded a $10,000 grant to UMOM New Day Centers, a local nonprofit agency for homeless and low-income families. Volunteers from the credit union also paid a visit to UMOM to help paint, clean and tour the shelter's new family housing development. Credit union staffers will continue volunteering at the center year-round.
Unitus Community Credit Union, Portland, Ore., donated 24 bicycles to children from the Portland Boys & Girls Club. The bikes where assembled during a team building exercise for the credit union's staff. The exercise tested both the teams' wit and creativity, and 190 credit union staff members participated in the event.
State Employees' Credit Union, Raleigh, N.C., announced that through the SECU Foundation its members are providing funding for a $1.1 million 0% construction loan to assist with the renovation of an existing residential building in Winston-Salem, N.C. Called My Aunt's House, the building will provide a safe, stable structured living environment for pregnant and teen mothers. SECU partnered with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for the housing project, which is sponsored by the Children's Home.
American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Philadelphia, raised over $25,000 for its Kids-N-Hope Foundation through the 14th annual golf classic. The foundation supports the music therapy program at the Children's Seashore House of the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. The golf classic allows participants and foundation supporters to meet the Children's Seashore House staff and to understand more about the cause. The event concluded with a dinner and awards banquet.
Lacamas Community Credit Union, Camas, Wash., presented a check for $3,000 to the Stevenson-Carson School District as part of the credit union's 2009 community partnership program. The check was presented to district representatives at a student assembly at Stevenson High School.
Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, Albany, N.Y., raised more than $42,000 through its participation in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Along with help from its Capital Communications Cares Foundation, over $500,000 has been donated to Strides to date. Over 400 credit union and foundation representatives participated in the walk.
Neighbors Credit Union, St. Louis, held its annual bake sale to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Credit union employees baked and purchased breads, brownies, cookies, cup cakes, and other sweets to sell to members, staff and the community for a $1 donation. Over $800 was raised through the bake sale, which put their five-year total over $5,450.