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 worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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