RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – A diminishing number of Southern California credit union staff, volunteers and members are applying for assistance for damages from the devastating wildfires that swept through five California counties at the end of October. So far, the California Credit Union League has approved 314 grants totaling $142,800 since the beginning of November to those affected by the fires. The two funds established to provide aid to victims of the fires considered to be the worst in California history – the California Credit Union League Disaster Relief Fund and the National Credit Union Foundation’s 2003 California Wildfires Fund – received $155,377 from individuals, credit unions, and other organizations from 13 states including California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Matthew Davidson, CCUL’s EVP and COO said, “The League is grateful to all of the credit unions, service organizations, state leagues, foundations, suppliers, and individuals who contributed so generously to the relief funds and provided needed aid to members of the credit union community. We also want to commend the numerous credit unions with members in the affected areas that instituted grant or special loan and assistance programs to help get their members through this difficult time. California’s and America’s credit union movements have once again demonstrated their commitment to our philosophy of `people helping people.’ ” CCUL requested that any remaining applications for disaster relief be submitted by 5 p.m., December 5. Aid is available in renewable grants ranging from $200 to $1,000, depending on several factors such as family size and size and degree of loss or damage. A special League committee reviews applications as they come in from members through their credit unions, and grants are deposited directly in to the recipient’s credit union account.

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