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Maine's CUs Hit $1M For Hunger

WESTBROOK, Maine-The Maine Credit Union League said efforts by that state's credit unions to raise funds to end hunger have now passed the $1-million mark since the program's inception in 1990. Coordinated by the Maine Credit Union League's Social Responsibility Committee, the Campaign for Ending Hunger was initiated by credit unions to address a chronic problem in the state, and in its first year it raised $25,000. That has grown to the $170,000 raised during 2001, pushing the overall Campaign to $1.1 million in funds raised. "When people think of hunger, they usually think of it in terms of other countries in places like Africa and South America, but we have thousands of people right here in our state that are food insecure," said the Maine league's Jon Paradise.

Texas CUs Raise $1M For CMN

DALLAS-The Texas Credit Union League reported that Texas credit unions raised more than $1 million for the Children's Miracle Network during the 2001 fundraising cycle, making the state the largest fundraiser for the program. Over the last seven years, Texas CUs have raised $5,754,988 in funds for Credit Unions For Kids.

Penn. Foundation Passes $500K

HARRISBURG, Penn.-The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation reports that since its organization in 1996 it has now distributed more than $500,000 in grants. "The work that the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation does epitomizes the philosophy of 'People Helping People.' The events of the past year made this commitment even more important and evident," said Jim McCormack, President/CEO, Pennsylvania Credit Union League.

Among the initiatives funded during 2001:

* Twenty-eight Small Credit Union Technology (SCUT) grants for computer, training and Internet access.

* Four Member Access Project (MAP) grants were made to establish debit card programs.

* Two Marketing Projects to promote credit union membership, shares and loans programs.

* Two National Credit Union Foundation grants were made to WOCCU's "People to people" program and for that Foundation's general fund.

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