Utah's credit unions have donated more than $450,000 during the first quarter to helping schools faced with budget crunches due to slashes in state funding, according to the Utah League of Credit Unions and CUNA. Those funds are not the result of credit unions seeking goodwill as the result of the recent tax fight in the state between banks and credit unions, the ULCU stressed.
"A lot of Utah's credit unions are education-based credit unions or have adopted schools through their community efforts," the ULCU's Brooke Moea'I told CUNA.
Funds have been supplied to schools to help buy supplies, purchase mobile writing labs, and to assist teachers. Teachers can apply for funds online at www.100percentforkids.com. Twenty-six of Utah's 40 school districts have received grants. In August, the ULCU will help co-sponsor a 10K run with Southern Utah Federal CU, in St. George, for the funds. The league will match the funds raised.