Volunteers Honored by Federation as Leadership Gap Looms
Fourteen community development credit union volunteers, with collectively more than 400 years of service to their institutions and communities, have been recognized by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.
The National Federation recognized the group in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Another awardee, former Federation Chairman Rita L. Haynes, who recently retired as CEO of Cleveland's Faith Community United CU after more than 50 years in the credit union movement, shared a similar motivation for her endeavors.
"Faith Community United Credit Union gave me the opportunity to share my faith with low-income individuals and families by providing me with a vehicle to assist them in their journey for financial independence. It has allowed me to make a real impact in peoples' lives and to participate in the broader cooperative movement worldwide. I feel blessed to have been able to help so many people in my community, and especially to know that my efforts will continue through the work of the credit union for many generations to come," she said.