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<p>Ste. Croix Regional Federal Credit Union, Lewiston, Maine, has recently donated a TV and VCR to the Abused Women Advocacy Project. Ste. Croix RFCU Vice President of Marketing Denise T. Ouellette, presented AWAP representative, Carol Randall, with the gifts. Municipal Employees Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla., has provided Columbus Elementary students with gifts and happy meals from McDonalds. The 250 inner-city kindergarteners and first graders enjoyed their hamburgers while local firemen from Oklahoma City Station #8 helped distribute toys. Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union, Daleville Ala., employees have worked hard to donate funds to the SOS Animal Shelter. The shelter provides a home to those animals that have been abandoned by their owners or are hurt. Lansing Community Credit Union, Mich., has donated $500 to the Lansing Fire Department’s training tower. The training tower will be used for technical rescue training, which consists of confined space rescues, high angle rescues and collapse rescues. The total cost for the training tower is estimated at between $2,000 and $3,000. The tower is currently under construction and the fire department should be able to start using the facility by this spring. American First Credit Union, La Habra, Calif., has donated over $5,200 to the Pentagon Assistance Fund. For every $100 American First members spent on their credit union Visa cards in December, the credit union donated $1.00 to the Pentagon Assistance Fund to assist the families of naval personnel killed at the Pentagon on September 11th. Through the efforts of American First and its members, a check for more than $5,200.00 was mailed to the Pentagon Assistance Fund, which will primarily give spouses and dependents the opportunity to receive a college education. Citadel Federal Credit Union, Thorndale, Pa., has donated used computer equipment, including 61 computers, 58 monitors and 10 printers to non-profit organizations throughout Chester County. Organizations that benefited from the credit union donation included the Brandywine YMCA; Coatesville Senior Center; Family Service; La Communidad Hispana; Phoenixville Homes; the Coatesville Salvation Army; and the YMCA of Chester County. Maine Credit Union League, Westbrook, has raised $170,356 to benefit the Partners in Ending Hunger. Partners In Ending Hunger is a Maine-based, non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger. Maine CUL has presented a check in the amount of $102,758.78 to fund the incentive grant program. Partners will distribute the money in the form of grants to 90 agencies and organizations in Maine that participated in Ending Hunger Week. The remaining funds will be distributed to the top twenty credit unions that raised the most money and will be donated to hunger organizations in their own communities. United Teletech Federal Credit Union, Tinton Fall, N.J., has raised $5,000 for the Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist local families affected by the events of September 11. Funds were raised through the “Ribbons & Flags” campaign. Red, white and blue lapel ribbons created by staff members were presented to donors and paper American flags donated by Copy Quick were displayed in the lobbies and offices of all seven credit union locations. In addition, funds raised during the three-month campaign were supplemented by a yearend donation by the UTFCU board. Albuquerque Chapter of Credit Unions, New Mexico, has recently raised $500 for the New Mexico Credit Union League’s Political Action Committee.</p>

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