AmeriCU Credit Union, Rome, N.Y., presented a check for $8,500 to the Warriors in Transition Unit at Fort Drum. AmeriCU staff raised the funds by hosting raffles, selling hot dogs, displaying fish bowl donation drops in the branches and offering a skip-a-pay program and receiving a grant of $1,500 by the Armed Forces Network. The funds will be used to assist the needs of the wounded soldiers on Fort Drum.

Quincy Credit Union, Quincy, Mass., participated in the eighth annual children’s book drive in conjunction with the Massachusetts Credit Union League and Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. New and used books were collected through the donations of Quincy members and staff. The books will be distributed to Cradles to Crayons in Quincy to benefit local children. Last year, the Massachusetts Credit Union League and 47 credit unions participated in the drive and distributed 20,570 books to nonprofit agencies.

United Educational Credit Union, Battle Creek, Mich. awarded a $400 Bright Ideas Partnership grant to Bellevue Elementary School for a project to enhance student performance in the writing arena. The grant was applied for by teacher Shannon Graves in order to identify students struggling in writing and provide supplemental writing services to those students. The project also seeks to raise student writing scores and increase student aptitude toward writing and create an awareness of the intricacies of writing for various purposes.

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