Lockheed Federal Credit Union, Burbank, Calif., has sponsored the first annual Antelope Valley AIDS Walk. LFCU’s Community Stars set precedence by raising the most amount of money as a team by raising over $1,800. In addition the first place award for an individual contribution was an LFCU employee who raised $755 through friends and family. The AV AIDS Walk raised money for the local charity The Chrysalis Foundation that is dedicated to education and research for AIDS patients and their families. Chartway Federal Credit Union, Virginia Beach, Va., has raised $165,000 during its fifth Annual Charity Golf Classic to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Virginia. This is the second year in a row that Chartway has earned the distinction as the largest single event contributor to the charity. This year’s donation will grant 38 wishes. Since 1999, Chartway’s Annual Charity Golf Classic has raised more than $343,000 and granted 67 wishes to terminally ill children in the Hampton Roads area. First Financial of Maryland Federal Credit Union, Lutherville, has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross of Central Maryland in support of the Hurricane Isabel relief efforts. The donated funds will be used for local relief efforts. Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., staffers helped clean up the “Harvest for the Hungry” gardens in Santa Rosa as part of the “Hands Across the County” effort. Coordinated by The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, “Hands Across the County” is an annual county-wide clean-up day in which RCU participants weeded, mulched, piled compost, and more to help the “Harvest for the Hungry,” a non-profit organization that grows and distributes organic fresh produce to hunger programs throughout the county. Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Wash., has recently held a food drive in partnership with local radio station Classy 99.9 to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest. Employees and members alike were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items at any STCU branch location. In all, 1,196 pounds of food was donated along with over $336 in cash donations. Security Service Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, Texas, staffers have donated their time, sweat and muscles to help restore a local Child Guidance Center backyard playground. As a part of this year’s United Way “Days of Caring” program, SSFCU employees volunteered more than 168 man-hours to cleaning, painting and trimming shrubbery inside the playground area.

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