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Top workplace
Charity, culture and a great work/life balance are among the many benefits that made GTE Financial one of Tampa Bay’s best places to work for the second year in a row. The Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with Energage, named the credit union a 2018 Top Workplace.
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One of the best in Texas
Dallas-based Advancial FCU was named ninth on the list of Best Companies to Work for in Texas in the Medium Employer Category (100-499 U.S. employees).
Robin Brule is chief community engagement officer, Nusenda CU
Nusenda recognized
Nusenda CU, Albuquerque, N.M., was named to Opportunity Finance Network’s 2018 Opportunity Fellows Program, which helps those at CDFIs better provide responsible, affordable lending to low-income, low-wealth and other underserved communities. Robin Brule, Nusenda’s SVP of community relations, is representing the CU as a designated fellow.
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CUNA Councils recognition
PSECU, Harrisburg, Pa., won four Diamond Awards from CUNA Councils. Selected from more than 1,100 entries, the annual Diamond Awards recognize and reward creative excellence and outstanding results in credit union marketing. Separately, PSECU won an international Communitas award for its Hunger Action Month campaign.
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Scholarships awarded
Zeal CU, Livonia, Mich., awarded seven scholarships totaling $14,000 to graduating high school seniors in metro Detroit. Students and their families were recognized at the credit union’s 63rd annual membership meeting. Separately, Zeal honored nine winners of its second annual Hard Working Spirit Awards, given to volunteers in the local community.
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VSECU gives back
VSECU, Montpelier, Vt., donated $23,000 to Vermont charities through its member-directed, charitable giving program, We Care 2. More than 4,600 VSECU members allocated the earmarked funds by casting votes for one of five charitable organizations that impact issues of food, shelter, heat, environment or financial education for Vermonters.
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Frontier Fiesta
TDECU, Lake Jackson, Texas, sponsored the University of Houston’s Frontier Fiesta. Established in 1939, the three-day event is organized and managed by students. It attracts more than 25,000 visitors each year, and consists of live music and theatrical performances, activities for all ages, cook-offs and scholarship opportunities.
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Corporate responsibility award
Align CU, Lowell, Mass., received the United Way of Tri-County’s Corporate Responsibility Award for feeding hungry families, preparing children to enter kindergarten ready for success and ensuring no one is alone in times of crisis.
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CU at the race
A runner with 500 races under her belt, two tri-athletes and entire families were among the 100-plus runners and volunteers from Pentagon FCU, Tysons, Va., participating in the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk benefitting Children’s Miracle Network
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'Mission: Graduate'
As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Kirtland FCU, Albuquerque, N.M., donated $6,000 to the United Way’s Mission: Graduate program. Mission: Graduate’s goal is to add 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates to the New Mexico workforce by 2020.
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Kellogg Community expands
Battle Creek, Mich.-based Kellogg Community CU opened two new branches this spring: one in April, located in the Grand Rapids Metro Marketplace near Metro Health Hospital; the other, in May, at the Oakwood Plaza next to Sawall Health Foods (pictured). The latter is KCCU’s fourth branch in the Kalamazoo market.
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New HQ
Honolulu-based Hickam FCU opened its newly built Pearl City branch and corporate headquarters. It is the sixth branch for the CU and is strategically located at the crossroads of Central and West Oahu in a bustling retail area anchored by Sam’s Club, the Pearl Highland Center, Walmart and the nearby Pearl City Gateway retail complex.
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Honoring veterans
Philadelphia-based American Heritage CU made a $2,500 donation to support the Oct. 1, 2018 Tour of Honor Flight for Veterans of World War II and Korean War. Separately, CEO Bruce Foulke completed a Service Engagement Trip to Kenya, Africa in partnership with WOCCU.
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Recognizing young scholars
Bay FCU, Capitola, Calif., lauded local scholarship winners at its annual meeting. The CU made Education Scholarship awards of $1,500 each to three students, and Mac McCormac Employee Scholarship awards of $1,000 each to three students.