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Greater Nevada Federal Credit Union, Carson City, has partnered with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life as its first-ever credit union corporate-sponsored community event. Approximately two-thirds of Greater Nevada employees participated in at least one of the Relay for Life events held in Reno, Carson City, Elko and Minden, Nevada. Matching all the funds raised by employees the credit union donated over $ 38,000 to the ACS to further research. T&C Federal Credit Union, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was a silver sponsor for the “National Night Out Against Crime” held in Pontiac. The event was developed to help the community recognize the Pontiac Police, Fire, and Rescue Teams. As part of the festivities, demonstrations included the Fire Department rapelling from the Phoenix parking structure with a fire dog, a Rescue Team demonstrating the use of “jaws of life” to rescue an accident victim, and presentations from the Police Department’s K-9 Unit and Cycle Unit. Six T&C FCU volunteers participated at the event, which included face painting. Travis Credit Union, Vacaville, Calif., has teamed up with Solano Crimestoppers, Inc. and donated $5,000 to the organization’s reward fund. Crimestoppers provides local law enforcement with information regarding criminal activity based on anonymous tips from citizens who witness a crime and call the Crimestoppers Tip Line. Callers whose information leads to an arrest are eligible to receive a cash reward. Travis CU’s contribution is one of the largest made in support of the program. American Eagle Federal Credit Union, East Hartford, Conn., has recently participated in the United Way Day of Caring. The Day of Caring has been an annual tradition since 1992, marking 14 years of teamwork and service from companies, employees, students, teachers, cities, towns, and community-minded citizens. Thirteen American Eagle Federal Credit Union employees volunteered their time creating goody bags, preparing signs, and organizing rosters for the Marathon, among other activities. Columbia Municipal Employees Credit Union, Columbia, Mo., has raised nearly $2,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network through such fundraising activities as bake sales and skip-a-payment match options. CMN is a nonprofit organization that helps treat 14 million sick children each year at 170 hospitals across the country. USA Federal Credit Union, San Diego, Calif., and the Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN) has presented a $4,000 sponsorship grant to support the Yongsan Garrison, South Korea Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) 2005 Columbus Day Celebration. The sponsorship grant will assist the MWR with its mission to contribute to the troops and their families at Yongsan Garrison and nearby bases in South Korea. Fort Belvoir Federal Credit Union, Woodbridge, Va., has donated $1,500 to Army Family Team Building on Fort Belvoir. Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN) matched this donation providing a combined contribution of $3,000. Army Family Team Building is a program designed to improve overall military readiness by advancing personal and family preparedness through training classes, which help family members adapt to change and become more self-reliant. Army Family Team Building offers programs for spouses who are new to the military, are involved in the unit and community, want to learn for personal growth, and want to improve their leadership skills. Postal Credit Union, Woodbury, Minn., has recently purchased, filled and donated 30 backpacks to local shelters and school supplies to local schools in the greater St. Paul metropolitan area. Each backpack contained a variety of school supplies, such as pencils, notebooks, a ruler, colored markers, pocket folders, and more. Employees were asked to pick up extras while shopping for their own students prior to the start of the school year. Southwestern Chapter of Credit Unions, St. Joseph, Mich., has raised over $2,200 for the Children’s Miracle Network through its 2nd annual Credit Union Softball Challenge. The coed tournament included teams from Berrien Teachers CU, First Resource FCU, Greater Niles Community FCU, and United FCU. The Berrien Teachers Credit Union “Llamas” carted off the first place trophy, upending the UFCU “Golden Glovers” 11-4 in the title contest. The UFCU team won last year’s tourney. Lacamas Community Credit Union, Portland, Ore., staffers and members have joined over 45,000 in the Susan Komen Portland Race for the Cure. As one of the largest fundraising events on the West Coast, some $2 million total was raised to help in the breast cancer fight. The organization is primarily driven by volunteers and of the net proceeds raised, 75% remains in local Oregon and SW Washington communities. The other 25% funds breast cancer research. Maine Credit Union League, Westbrook, staffers have spent the summer collecting hundreds of bears and other stuffed animals for its BearHugs for Kids program. The League has recently shipped 48 boxes containing over 600 teddy bears to the Sheriff’s Departments in each of Maine’s 16 counties. The shipment insures that law enforcement officials can distribute the bears to children in crisis in every region of the state. Since 1997 the Maine Credit Unions’ BearHugs for Kids program has helped distribute more than 10,000 bears to law enforcement agencies. New Jersey Credit Union Foundation, Hightstown, has raised $10,000 to benefit financial literacy, education and area small credit unions during the NJCUF Second Annual Golf Outing. Some 46 golfers participated in the popular fundraiser. Sponsors that also teed off included CUNA Mutual Group, CUNA Mutual Mortgage, CUSC, Empire Corporate FCU and Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU.

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