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San Francisco Credit Unions, have joined forces to volunteer at the San Francisco Food Bank and took part in the Susan J Komen Breast Cancer Walk. Volunteers from Patelco Credit Union, Spectrum FCU, and Redwood Credit Union packaged over 2,866 pounds of lunch meat, which is enough to feed 1,145 individuals and raised over $800 in the fight against breast cancer. Point Loma Credit Union, San Diego, has hosted its 8th Annual Student Safety Fair. The Safety Fair was conducted at the PLCU Kearny Mesa branch and was attended by over 1,200 people. The Annual Student Safety Fair is a free event for students and offers youth an opportunity to realize important safety lessons while in a fun environment. Altura Credit Union, Riverside, Calif., staffers and members have teamed up to raise money for the American Heart Association. Some 100 Altura staffers, friends, family and members participated in the Inland Empire Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association. Wearing bright green Altura Credit Union T-shirts emblazoned with “Heart of the Community,” the team raised $6,000, surpassing its goal of $5,000. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and many participants walked in memory of or in honor of someone with heart disease. St. Mary’s Bank, Nashua, N.H., has donated $50,000 to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the Medallion Fund, a scholarship program for individuals seeking vocational technical training. The gift will benefit St. Mary’s Bank members in the Nashua-Hudson area and is in addition to a $75,000 Medallion Fund gift on behalf of the credit union’s Manchester and Londonderry members. The Medallion Fund, which is administered by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, has grown to nearly $750,000, with a new endowment goal of $1 million by 2010. Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Bridgewater, N.J., has raised $23,500 for The Midland School during its Annual Golf Benefit. The Midland School has earned a statewide reputation for creating a comprehensive educational program, an employment component, and a residential housing program that fits the specific needs of developmentally disabled individuals. The school currently serves 245 students from 85 school districts in 13 counties in North and Central New Jersey. Earthmover Credit Union, Oswego, Ill., has coordinated a charitable fundraiser that generated $1,500 to help 22-month-old Kirsten Guinn. At the age of 11 days old Guinn was diagnosed with Prader-Willi-Syndrome. Her medical condition usually causes low muscle tone, short stature, cognitive disabilities, and a chronic feeling of hunger. Currently, Kirsten is enrolled in an early intervention system and sees four different therapists twice a month and receives treatment for her condition on a daily basis. The funds raised will be used to help the Guinn family pay for Kirsten’s ongoing medical bills. Travis Credit Union, Vacaville, Calif., has donated some much needed furniture to Touro University. The Vallejo-based university received 25 fully adjustable, 5-star base chairs made by the Dauphin Co. The furniture, which was staged for pick up by Travis Credit Union staffers, will be used in the administration offices as well as in some classrooms. Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., employees donated their time and muscle during this year’s Day of Caring” sponsored by the United Way. Staffers tackled a variety of projects during the course of the day. Some 29 RCU volunteers spent the day at Kid Street Learning Center weeding, cleaning and replanting the school’s gardens; landscaping the grounds; and painting two interior rooms, including the “Circle Room” where children gather to share their thoughts and feelings. A smaller team of three RCU volunteers lent a hand at the Ukiah Community Center Food Bank. The “Day of Caring” event is a day of volunteerism in which companies, like RCU, participate by providing hands-on assistance at local non-profit agencies.

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