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Pacific Service Credit Union, Walnut Creek, Calif., has donated $3,000 to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum to send children from 50 schools in economically disadvantaged areas of Contra Costa County to visit the museum. The Lindsay Wildlife Museum has historically been an educational place to take children to learn about nature, including up-close and personal encounters with California wildlife they might otherwise never see. Robins Federal Credit Union, Warner Robins, Ga., has sponsored the Camellia Festival’s annual Flower Show held at Colonial Macon Mall in Macon, Georgia. The Flower Show is an extension of the Annual Camellia Festival that is held in Fort Valley. TruWest Credit Union, Scottsdale, Ariz., has sponsored the 2003 Red Mountain Open Invitational Youth Soccer Tournament held at Red Mountain Park. Over 1,500 boys and girls ages 10 to 19 participated from across the Valley. People-power runs the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), a non-profit that is 100% volunteer-supported. If it weren’t for volunteers the kids would not be able to play soccer. North Island Financial Credit Union, Chula Vista, Calif., staffers have donated their time, talent, smiles and goodwill to the community by actively participating in local parades. To introduce the public to the “island-themed” credit union, the float features the signature San Diego skyline artwork, a hot-air balloon, palm trees, cabanas and a surfer riding a wave . SYNERGY ONE Federal Credit Union, Manassas, Va., and Heltzel-Synergy One Mortgage Company have collected over 350 food items to restock the shelves of a local food closet at Securing Volunteer Services through Volunteer Efforts. Employees of SYNERGY ONE were allowed to “Dress Down” in blue jeans every Friday in exchange for bringing in certain types of non-perishable food items, including cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, and canned goods. Raritan Bay Federal Credit Union, Sayreville, N.J., student-run branch, The Lighthouse Credit Union has participated in the South Amboy Middle/High School Charity Basketball Game to raise money for the Class Trip Fund. Money raised will offset the cost of having every child in the district go on one educational field trip per year. In addition to playing ball, student CU staffers also distributed popcorn during the game for $.50 donation. Numerica Credit Union, Spokane, Wash., has raised over $4,000 for the Deaconess Children’s Cancer Center. The “Kids Care” program encouraged children who are a part of Numerica’s Kids Club to give back to the community by purchasing a paper heart for $2. The money collected will be used to purchase items that will make a child’s visit a little less scary, such as toys, computers and games, and colorful decorations.

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