Credit union leaders and executives celebrated some of their industry's efforts to help students and immigrants better their financial lives at the National Credit Union Foundation's 2010 Wegner Awards dinner. The Foundation gives out the awards each year in conjunction with CUNA's Government Affairs Conference.
This year's awards recognized key industry leaders Dick Heins, retired CEO of CUNA Mutual Group, and Dick Ensweiler, president of the Texas Credit Union League, but a lot of the evening's energy came from the recognition given to Biz Kid$ as the year's outstanding program and the $1.8 billion HarborOne Credit Union's Multicultural Banking Center.
Biz Kid$ is an award winning television series, underwritten by credits unions nationwide, that offers lessons to students on personal finance and practical economics that parents can use at home and teachers can use in classrooms. HarborOne's MultiCultural Banking Center, an effort the credit union launched in 2007, to at first help local immigrants keep their homes in the face of the ongoing mortgage and foreclosure crisis that later became an overall financial education and training effort as well.