Financial Center, Indianapolis, has raised morethan $26,000 for the American Red Cross, contributing to the Haitiearthquake relief effort. The funds will provide shelter, improvethe water supply and sewage systems, and create health programs forthe victims of the disaster. The donation was made possible bymember contributions through online banking as well as a $7,500gift from Financial Center.

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OMNI Credit Union, Battle Creek, Mich.,generated $2,500 from its “OMNI Gives Back” program for the benefitof Three Rivers area mentoring. The donation was reserved for asummer program designed to teach money management and employmentskills. The program also contributed $2,000 to Domestic and SexualAbuse Services, which will fund operations at the Hildmann House, adomestic violence shelter.

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MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, Macon,Ga., made a donation to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3, anorganization that dedicates itself to several charity and serviceevents throughout the year. The donation will help programs such asthe Order's Bicycle Safety Helment-Kids ID Program and fooddrives.

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Pacific Service Credit Union, Walnut Creek,Calif., donated computers for the dedication of a research lab at aBread Project training facility. The nonprofit organizationprovides low-income individuals with the necessary skills foremployment in the food industry. The donated equipment will allowtrainees to create resumes, search for employment and improvecomputer literacy. The credit union also donated funds to theOakland East Bay Symphony MUSE program, an in-school instrumentalmusic course at 19 Oakland schools. The money will help supply theprogram with keyboards, headphones, recorders and stereo systemsfor its 3,000 participants.

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HarborOne Credit Union, Brockton, Mass.,announced that it will dispense a total of $27,000 in donations tonine local nonprofit organizations. James W. Blake, president/CEOof HarborOne said that a strong financial year in 2009 allowed thecredit union to give back to the community through serviceorganizations.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Alliance CreditUnion, Electro Savings Credit Union, and Vantage CreditUnion, St. Louis, teamed up to donate $2,455 tothe Children's Miracle Network. The money was raised by a charityprogram in which the credit unions donated $5 for each new youthaccount opened and each deposit greater than $50 at their creditunions during April. The amount of youth account openings more thandoubled at Alliance. The credit union, which averages 16 youthaccount openings per month, reported 40 openings inApril.

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Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa, Calif.,has coordinated a staff effort to support a variety of localnonprofit organizations. Teams of more than 80 Redwood employeesparticipated in race events in which walkers and runners wereinvited to collect pledges and complete a 3K or 10K course.Participants then donated the proceeds to an organization of theirchoice. The tri-county events earned more than $11,000.

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Homes for Our Troops, Columbia, Mo.,teamed up with Missouri credit unions to raise $100,000 toward theconstruction of a specially adapted home for Army Staff SergeantRobert Canine, who lost both of his legs below the knee in Iraq.The group has provided men and women injured in service with morethan 50 adapted homes across the country. Across the state, creditunions raised money through charity events such as bake sales, golfoutings and car washes.

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Credit Union of Georgia, Woodstock, Ga.,donated $5,000 to aid Marietta High School in its effort to providestudents with updated digital sports video editing software. Thenew equipment will allow the school's athletic department toproduce higher quality sports demos, highlights and video cut-ups.The videos are intended for scouting purposes and will be sent tocolleges and universities to increase scholarship opportunities forMarietta High School athletes.

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Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union,Myrtle Beach, S.C., launched a Learning to Save promotion to raisemoney for high school and middle school students. Participants wereasked to answer a question regarding financial literacy and itsimplications for the future. Winners were awarded $100 in additionto having $500 donated to their respective schools. Jon Allen, ageeight, Quannisha Green, age 11, and Summer Smith, age 17, werechosen from among 400 applicants as this year's Learning to Savewinners.

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Elevations Credit Union, Boulder, Colo.,established the Elevations Foundation, an organization dedicated toproviding charitable donations to communities within the creditunion's service area. The foundation replaced the former CommunityRelations Committee, which raised over $1 million in scholarships,grants and donations in Boulder and Broomfield counties. The newfoundation will afford the credit union the ability to receive andadminister funds exclusively for charities.

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