Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Manhattan Beach, Calif., staffershave donated their time, sweat and muscle to help repaint the houseof one well deserving lucky family. Ana Becerra entered the creditunion'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 beused toward the repainting of their home. All seven family membersare Kinecta members. People's Alliance Federal Credit Union,Hauppauge, N.Y., helped provide a safe environment for thecommunity's trick-or-treaters by teaming up with the Holiday Inn inRonkonkoma to sponsor the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce'sHalloween Party. This is the third year in a row that PAFCUsponsored this event. In addition to hosting a booth, PAFCU handedout goodie bags filled with treats and put removable tattoos on thechildren. Spartanburg Regional Federal Credit Union, S.C., haspledged to donate $25,000 to the Regional Hospice Home. The fundswill go a long way toward the Spartanburg Regional HealthcareSystem, Regional Hospice and the Spartanburg Regional HealthcareSystem Foundation's efforts to raise $5.3 million for the home.Termed "The House that Spartanburg Built," the Regional HospiceHome will be a 15-bed facility where patients can receiveprofessional medical care at the end of life in a comfortablesetting. The donation has been made in the memory of Darrell DavidScott and Matthew Thomas Hix who were grandchildren of boardmembers. Construction of the new facility will begin at the end ofthe year and is expected to last 12 months. Northwest FederalCredit Union, Herdon, Va., team has donated its talents toparticipate in the 59th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade. Vienna,Virginia was recently ranked as the 4th best town to live inAmerica by Money magazine-thereby establishing this year's paradetheme as, "The Best Little Town in America: Fourth in the US, #1 inOur Hearts." NWFCU's parade entry was a series of antique carsincluding a 1949 Rolls Royce, a 1957 Bentley, a 1965 Ford Falcon, a1929 Roadster and a 1931 Ford pick-up. More than 35,000 onlookerscheered as several Northwest FCU employees and their families rodedown Maple Avenue in style. The Credit Union's entry joined severalother business floats, marching bands, dance troupes, Shriners inminiature cars, costumed kids and even dogs. Cabrillo Credit Union,San Diego, staffer Becky Anacker helped raise money for the "Lightthe Night" walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by sellingjars of homemade salsa. Anacker also raffled off a basket includingher salsa, chips and movies-raising some $1,300 in salsa salesalone. Anacker`s team raised an additional $1,700. Her team dubbed"Team Ray", participated in the walk in honor of her Godson, RayCordova Jr., who suffered from leukemia. Affinity Plus FederalCredit Union, St. Paul, Minn., has celebrated its growingmembership by hosting a member appreciation week. The MemberAppreciation Week at Affinity Plus's 22 branches brought food, fun,and prizes to the credit union's membership across the state ofMinnesota. The event culminated in a pumpkin giveaway at the end ofthe week as well as a coloring contest for children. Each branchparticipated in a grand prize drawing of a $7,500 trip for two toanywhere in the world, including transportation, hotel, and/orevent scheduling. The winner, Kenneth Anderson was selected fromthousands of entries. Tinker Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma City,Okla., has hosted the first annual Operation Warm Heart GolfTournament with the assistance of MSgt. Chris Leeper who helpedcoordinate the event. The tournament, which drew some 30 teams,raised $2,866 to benefit Tinker Air Force Base (TAFB) service menand women. All proceeds went to the Operation Warm Heart account, afund that is used to provide immediate financial assistance tomilitary personnel facing emergency situations. Mid-AtlanticFederal Credit Union, Gaithersburg, has sponsored the 11th AnnualHospice Caring Halloween Bowlathon. Many staffers joined togetherto bowl for charity. MAFCU sponsored four teams in the bowlathonand made a contribution of $750 to Hospice Caring, Inc to help themcontinue doing their work in the community and ensure that helpwill be there when needed. Hospice Caring, Inc., the onlynon-profit hospice organization in Montgomery County, providespractical and emotional support to patients, family members andfriends on dealing with a terminal illness. Since the organizationprovides all of its services free of charge to the entirecommunity, they depend entirely on friends in the community forfinancial support. Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif.,staffers have lent a hand at the "Harvest for the Hungry" gardensin 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-profitorganization that grows and then distributes organic fresh produceto several homeless shelters and other agencies in need throughoutthe county. North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Totowa, N.J. hashelped to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Lee National Denim Dayin support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NJFCU employees wereable to donate $5 each and wear jeans to work that day. NJFCUmembers were also able to donate to this cause as well. Proceedscollected for this day were donated to the Susan G. Komen BreastCancer Foundation. A total of $350 was raised. Rogue Federal CreditUnion, Medford, Ore., has donated over $1,200 in school supplies toPhoenix and Parkside Elementary Schools in Phoenix and Grants Pass.All Rogue Federal branch locations collected cash donations forschool supplies over a two-month period. RFCU presented thesupplies to the schools at back to school night in Phoenix and thefirst assembly of the year in Grants Pass. In addition topresenting school supplies in Phoenix, Rogue Federal had a back toschool night table where students could learn about saving, entertheir name into a drawing to win Book Fair Bucks, and receive anice cream bar. Wescom Credit Union, Pasadena, Calif., staffers haveparticipated in the 2005 AIDS Walk Los Angeles. More than 30 Wescomemployees volunteered. 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