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Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union, Tenn., has provided a $500 grant to Wooddale Middle School teacher Stephanie Parker-Bradley through the One Class at a Time grant program. Parker-Bradley plans to use the grant to purchase scientific calculators for her math students. She will incorporate instructions on how to correctly use calculator technology in hopes of helping her students achieve higher scores on standardized tests. In addition Lakeland Elementary teacher Lorna Sue Miller has also been awarded $500 for her “Literacy Bag” program designed to help her Kindergarten students become readers and help their parents become interactive participants with the activities. Bellco Credit Union, Denver, has donated $25,000 to Mount Saint Vincent, a residential and day treatment facility for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems. This marks the third year that Bellco has contributed to Mount Saint Vincent, bringing the total amount donated to $70,000. Donations received from Bellco are applied in several areas, including offsetting the considerable operating costs to provide continued support and care for its children; building renovation and construction; participation in special programs; and scholarship funds. To commemorate Bellco’s donation, a plaque will be mounted in the library where the children spend time learning new topics, including financial education. Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Cantonment, Fla., has donated $25,000 to assist in construction of the new Solutia Park, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. An effort is currently underway to rebuild the playground during a one-week construction rally in March 2006. Once completed, the park will be open to the community for the enjoyment of local children, schools and day care centers. Solutia Inc. management and employees of the Pensacola site have joined with world-renowned park designers, Leathers and Associates to rebuild the children’s park. The cost to construct the park will be $100,000 and will be funded primarily by private donations. First Credit Union, Chandler, Ariz., has teamed up with Chamness Relocation Services to host a blood drive through United Blood Services. Held at the credit union headquarters, over 40 people rolled up their sleeves to donate blood. It is estimated that someone needs blood every three seconds. United 1st Federal Credit Union, St. Marys, Ga., has adopted a mile of the GA 40 highway. Traveled by over 150,000 people weekly the highway is cleaned up by a team of United 1st FCU staffers at least once every three months. The Georgia Department of Transportation then picks up the collected litter from designated points in the mile and disposes of it. This quarter’s crew picked up over 25 bags of litter and drank an average of two bottles of water per person. Vantage Credit Union, St. Louis, has collected over 4,000 new school supplies to be distributed at a back-to-school event thrown by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. Donations and new school supplies were dropped off during July and August at all 11 credit union branches. Hundreds of families who attend the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s back-to-school event will receive bags full of new school supplies, significantly lessening the burden on foster care parents sending multiple children back to school on limited budgets. TopLine Federal Credit Union, Maple Grove, Minn. has donated 150 supply filled backpacks to area children in need through the Brooklyn Park Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) and the statewide Caring Tree Back to School Program.The program helps ensure disadvantaged kids are prepared and excited for the upcoming school year. Each year more than 700 students receive a new backpack and school supplies through the Brooklyn Park CEAP office’s “Back to School/Caring Tree Program.” CEAP is a community-based non-profit agency that partners with other resources to assist people in need providing everything from emergency support to facilitating personal skill building and self-sufficiency while enhancing self-esteem.. Security Service Federal Credit Union, Fountain, Colo., has donated $25,000 to the new Carson House, which is a facility designed to provide living accommodations at no cost to the families of injured or ailing soldiers. The donation was presented during the recent grand opening of the credit union’s eighth Colorado service center located in Fountain. The Carson House is the only facility located in close proximity to the Army Post hospital. Heritage Credit Union, Madison, Wis., members, staff and the Northside community have collected over 160 school supplies to be distributed by the Sherman Youth Resource Center to children in need. The donations included notebooks, scissors, folders, markers, pencils and many other items. State Department Federal Credit Union, Arlington, Va., staffers numbering 10 have lent a helping hand to the WETA pledge drive. Volunteers appeared live, on-air answering incoming pledge calls during the television membership drive. SDFCU volunteers helped WETA raise $26,155 in membership pledges. Land of Lincoln Credit Union, Decatur, Ill., has donated $500 to Operation Enduring Support, a non-profit organization that helps service men and women who have been injured or disabled in war by raising money, building materials and labor to build a new home or adapt an existing home for handicapped disabilities.

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