Olin Community Credit Union, Bethalto, Ill.,donated a total of $7,400 to four local organizations. The creditunion presented a $2,300 check to each of these organizations: theCommunity Hope Center in Cottage Hills, the Boys and Girls Club ofAlton, and the Boys and Girls Club of Bethalto. An additional $500was donated to the emergency room fund at the local JerseyCommunity Hospital. The donations were the result of proceedscollected during the credit union's annual skip-a-paymentprogram.

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Connex Credit Union, Hamden, Conn., donated$800.37 to Hamden Hall Country Day School, a co-educationalcollege-preparatory independent day school for children inpre-kindergarten to 12th grade. The money for the donation camefrom fees collected by a coin-counting machine in the Connex Hamdenbranch during the fourth quarter of 2008. The donation will helpHamden Hall support costs associated with academics, athletics, thearts and more.

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GCS Federal Credit Union, Granite City, Ill.,announced that its employees raised $1,640 for the March of Dimes.Employees of GCS can opt to participate in jean months throughoutthe year during which they donate a specified amount to a selectedcharity in return for the ability to wear jeans on Fridays andSaturdays all month long. GCS also sponsored family areas at twoMarch of Dimes March for Babies walks this year. Money raisedduring the walks is used to fund research and community programsthat help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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TruMark Financial Credit Union, Trevose, Pa.,raised $755 to support the Fraternal Order of Police survivor'sfund, which has been stretched to its limit with five Philadelphiapolice officers killed in the line of duty in the past year. Thefund covers about $40,000 in funeral costs for each officer'sfuneral. TruMark Financial raised its donation by giving employeesthe option to wear jeans on a certain Friday.

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Electro Savings Credit Union, St. Louis, issupporting Homes for Our Troops through a variety of programs. Thecredit union is building model houses in its lobbies by sellingpaper bricks to members for $1 each. Electro Savings is alsoholding a weight loss challenge; 18 employees and their familymembers are gathering sponsors to donate for every pound they lose.The credit union is also allowing its debit and credit card usersto turn in their reward points as donations. HFOT is a nonprofit,non-partisan organization that assists severely injured servicemenand women and their immediate families by raising donations ofmoney, building materials and professional labor and thencoordinating the process of building a new home or adapting anexisting home for handicapped accessibility.

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Apple Federal Credit Union, Fairfax, Va.,donated a grant of $10,000 to the nonprofit Loudoun EducationFoundation to help fund the group's teacher grant program. TheApple FCU grant was made through the credit union's educationfoundation. Since 1991, more than $100,000 in grants has beenfunded through LEF. Established in 2006, the Apple FCU EducationFoundation seeks to support the continuation of quality educationin Northern Virginia.

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Virginia Credit Union, Richmond, Va.,contributed funds, energy, and time to help out the residents ofthe Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran's Medical Center. A communityoutreach committee of the credit union's employees visitedresidents, purchased gifts, and contributed furniture to renovatetwo recreational rooms for residents of the hospital's communitylife center. The credit union also arranged for a local artist topaint floor-to-ceiling murals in the rooms that brought scenes ofnature indoors.

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