Financial 21 Community Credit Union, San Diego, staffers have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help complete two new homes in City Heights. Financial 21 staffers spent two weekends sanding walls, painting, applying drywall, building fences and digging trenches. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization with the mission to eliminate substandard, poverty housing. Maine Credit Union League, Westbrook, has donated $10,500 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank. The donation was made in the memory of Food Bank Founder JoAnn Pike who recently died of cancer at the age of 62. The funds will be used toward the JoAnn Pike Building Fund to eliminate the organization’s mortgage. In just five years Maine credit unions have contributed some $50,000 to The Good Shepherd. Credit Union ONE, Ferndale, Mich., has sponsored Eisenhower High School Junior John Barton to help him put his ingenuity to good use as a member of the ThunderChickens Robotic Club Inc. The ThunderChickens are slated to compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology 2004 National Robotics Competition,a national engineering contest. Students work to design, construct and test their robot. Through this program, students are able to apply what they learn to develop teamwork, engineering and problem solving skills. This is the fifth year Credit Union ONE has sponsored a student in this program. DuPont Community Credit Union, Waynesboro, Va., has partnered with the Waynesboro Woman’s Club and CVS Pharmacy to provide residents the “Vial of Life.” The “Vial of Life” consists of a medicine vial, complete medical history form, and a red “Vial of Life” magnet. The magnet placed on the refrigerator door alerts emergency responders where they can locate important medical information in an emergency. DCCU provides design and printing of materials, storage, workspace for vial assembly, and promotes “Vial of Life” throughout the community. Sacramento Valley Chapter, of the California Credit Union League, has raised $2,600 for Elder Creek Elementary School during a “Bowl-A-Thon”. A check was presented to third-grade teacher Ms. Beck and her class, Principal Diane Renzi and Vice Principal Amy Jessup during a special assembly.Participating credit unions included CAHP, Campbell Soup, First U.S. Community, Golden 1, Patelco, Sacramento, SAFE, Schools Financial and Sierra Central. Pacific Marine Credit Union, Camp Pendleton, Calif., has donated six computers complete with monitors, keyboards, and Microsoft XP operating systems to Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School. Some two-thirds of the students at the school currently have a parent deployed in Iraq. The donated computers will provide the kids with expanded access and will give many of them a chance to send e-mails to their parents deployed overseas. The donation was part of a program the credit union started last year.

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