Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Manhattan Beach, Calif., staffers have donated their time, sweat and muscle to help repaint the house of one well deserving lucky family. Ana Becerra entered the credit union’s “We’ll Paint Your House” contest hoping her parent’s Brea, California home could be repainted. As winners of the grand prize, the Becerra family receives a $5,000 Home Depot gift card to be used toward the repainting of their home. All seven family members are Kinecta members. People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union, Hauppauge, N.Y., helped provide a safe environment for the community’s trick-or-treaters by teaming up with the Holiday Inn in Ronkonkoma to sponsor the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Party. This is the third year in a row that PAFCU sponsored this event. In addition to hosting a booth, PAFCU handed out goodie bags filled with treats and put removable tattoos on the children. Spartanburg Regional Federal Credit Union, S.C., has pledged to donate $25,000 to the Regional Hospice Home. The funds will go a long way toward the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Regional Hospice and the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation’s efforts to raise $5.3 million for the home. Termed “The House that Spartanburg Built,” the Regional Hospice Home will be a 15-bed facility where patients can receive professional medical care at the end of life in a comfortable setting. The donation has been made in the memory of Darrell David Scott and Matthew Thomas Hix who were grandchildren of board members. Construction of the new facility will begin at the end of the year and is expected to last 12 months. Northwest Federal Credit Union, Herdon, Va., team has donated its talents to participate in the 59th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade. Vienna, Virginia was recently ranked as the 4th best town to live in America by Money magazine-thereby establishing this year’s parade theme as, “The Best Little Town in America: Fourth in the US, #1 in Our Hearts.” NWFCU’s parade entry was a series of antique cars including a 1949 Rolls Royce, a 1957 Bentley, a 1965 Ford Falcon, a 1929 Roadster and a 1931 Ford pick-up. More than 35,000 onlookers cheered as several Northwest FCU employees and their families rode down Maple Avenue in style. The Credit Union’s entry joined several other business floats, marching bands, dance troupes, Shriners in miniature cars, costumed kids and even dogs. Cabrillo Credit Union, San Diego, staffer Becky Anacker helped raise money for the “Light the Night” walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by selling jars of homemade salsa. Anacker also raffled off a basket including her salsa, chips and movies-raising some $1,300 in salsa sales alone. Anacker`s team raised an additional $1,700. Her team dubbed “Team Ray”, participated in the walk in honor of her Godson, Ray Cordova Jr., who suffered from leukemia. Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., has celebrated its growing membership by hosting a member appreciation week. The Member Appreciation Week at Affinity Plus’s 22 branches brought food, fun, and prizes to the credit union’s membership across the state of Minnesota. The event culminated in a pumpkin giveaway at the end of the week as well as a coloring contest for children. Each branch participated in a grand prize drawing of a $7,500 trip for two to anywhere in the world, including transportation, hotel, and/or event scheduling. The winner, Kenneth Anderson was selected from thousands of entries. Tinker Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla., has hosted the first annual Operation Warm Heart Golf Tournament with the assistance of MSgt. Chris Leeper who helped coordinate the event. The tournament, which drew some 30 teams, raised $2,866 to benefit Tinker Air Force Base (TAFB) service men and women. All proceeds went to the Operation Warm Heart account, a fund that is used to provide immediate financial assistance to military personnel facing emergency situations. Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Gaithersburg, has sponsored the 11th Annual Hospice Caring Halloween Bowlathon. Many staffers joined together to bowl for charity. MAFCU sponsored four teams in the bowlathon and made a contribution of $750 to Hospice Caring, Inc to help them continue doing their work in the community and ensure that help will be there when needed. Hospice Caring, Inc., the only non-profit hospice organization in Montgomery County, provides practical and emotional support to patients, family members and friends on dealing with a terminal illness. Since the organization provides all of its services free of charge to the entire community, they depend entirely on friends in the community for financial support. Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif., staffers have lent a hand at the “Harvest for the Hungry” gardens in Santa Rosa as part of the Sonoma County Volunteer Center’s “Hands Across the County” day. Volunteers included RCU officials, employees and their families, who weeded, mulched, piled compost, and did other tasks to help “Harvest for the Hungry,” a non-profit organization that grows and then distributes organic fresh produce to several homeless shelters and other agencies in need throughout the county. North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Totowa, N.J. has helped to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Lee National Denim Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NJFCU employees were able to donate $5 each and wear jeans to work that day. NJFCU members were also able to donate to this cause as well. Proceeds collected for this day were donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A total of $350 was raised. Rogue Federal Credit Union, Medford, Ore., has donated over $1,200 in school supplies to Phoenix and Parkside Elementary Schools in Phoenix and Grants Pass. All Rogue Federal branch locations collected cash donations for school supplies over a two-month period. RFCU presented the supplies to the schools at back to school night in Phoenix and the first assembly of the year in Grants Pass. In addition to presenting school supplies in Phoenix, Rogue Federal had a back to school night table where students could learn about saving, enter their name into a drawing to win Book Fair Bucks, and receive an ice cream bar. Wescom Credit Union, Pasadena, Calif., staffers have participated in the 2005 AIDS Walk Los Angeles. More than 30 Wescom employees volunteered. 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