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In a year when hurricanes and fires devastated pockets of the country, credit unions and their CUSOs reached out to help their neighbors – from running call centers to sending extra money.

Harvey triggered a state of emergency in Texas Aug. 23, and from the time it struck Houston Aug. 25 through hurricanes Irma and Maria, and until the last fires were under control in northern California by the end of October, at least 400 Americans had been killed. In their wake was billions of dollars of damage and thousands were left homeless, and in Puerto Rico half of its 3.4 million U.S. citizens were still without power in late November.

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