Ent Federal Credit Union, Colorado Springs, Colo., concluded another “Care and Share” campaign. Through monetary donations, an internal turkey drive and collection barrels at all of its service centers, Ent was able to provide 8,231 pounds of food to the Colorado Care and Share and Food Bank of the Rockies programs. Ent employees contributed by bringing in over 100 frozen turkeys to add to the collection efforts, and Ent’s 27 service centers throughout Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo served as collection sites for additional donations. Public Service Credit Union, Romulus, Mich., hosted a local Girl Scout troop for a cookie booth in the lobby of its Romulus branch. In less than two hours the girls from Troop 244 sold over 100 boxes of cookies and had plans to return the next afternoon. The credit union has been involved with many community activities, but having a cookie booth was a new experience for both the credit union and this troop.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bethpage, N.Y., held its sixth annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union New York Air Show at Jones Beach on Memorial Day weekend. The air show, headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, was free to the public. Redwood Credit Union, Windsor, Calif., the largest credit union in the North Bay, recently partnered with Blood Bank of the Redwoods and the Hampton Inn & Suites for a blood drive. Seventeen donors gave 13 units of blood, which have the potential to save 39 lives. BestSource Credit Union, Waterford, Mich., hosted a young artist exhibit that featured artwork created by students in the Waterford School District. Students and their families, teachers and the community were invited to view the exhibit and cast a ballot to vote for their favorite work of art. Clearview Federal Credit Union, Pittsburgh, raised over $8,700 for the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation at an annual bowl-a-thon event. Clearview’s Director of Lending Tim Dietz placed first in individual total pins, and Clearview’s Director of Branch Services Jamie Karwoski placed first in individual money pledged. There were a total of 96 bowlers at Sims Bowling Lanes in Beaver Falls, Pa., representing the different credit unions in the Beaver Valley area. Florida Credit Union League, Tampa, Fla., sponsored the fifth annual credit union cruise for kids, which raised funds for donation to local children’s charities. Participants were entertained by a live band and had the chance to win a 2008 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Rave Classic motorcycle. Advance Financial Federal Credit Union, Schererville, Ind., welcomed the Girl Scouts of Troop #10103 from Watson School in Schererville, providing them with lessons about the importance of saving for the future, as well as what makes a credit union different from other types of financial institutions. The girls were also given a tour of the office by Advance Financial’s Business Development Officer Janet Garcia and the credit union’s Kids’ Club mascot, Moe the monkey. SEFCU, Albany, N.Y., sponsored a bowl for kids’ sake to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Forty-eight teams of bowlers (approximately 240 SEFCU employees, family members, members and business partners) signed up to participate.

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