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Rapid City, S.D.-area community members show off their new protective masks. On April 5, the $80 million, Rapid City-based MED5 Federal Credit Union posted on its Facebook page that it would be donating up to $2,000 for materials for crafters willing to make masks for the medical community. Within 24 hours, 20 crafters were shifting into high gear. In addition, the credit union partnered with the Black Hills, S.D.-based makeSPACE (Spearfish Partnership for Arts, Cycling and Equity), which donated enough materials for 1,500 masks. Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union ($4.6 billion, Naperville, Ill.) provided an additional grant to MED5, and the credit union has since funded more than $6,000 for supplies and delivered more than 4,500 masks to local hospital Monument Health, in addition to numerous medical clinics, nursing homes, assisted living homes, the blood bank, Black Hills Surgical Hospital and food banks.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.