Donate to dress down
Each Friday, staff at Taunton FCU, Taunton, Mass., donates funds to dress down. With a donation to the United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, staff dressed in New England Patriots attire. Separately, the CU donated 150 American flags and 150 bottles of water for the closing ceremony of its 34th Annual POW/MIA Vigil at the Vietnam Memorial Fountain.
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New digs
Point Breeze CU, Hunt Valley, Md., broke ground on its new office in Owings Mills, Md., in the Foundry Row shopping center. The expanded location is expected to open in early 2017. It will have a conversational, relationship-focused service approach for members, doing away with traditional teller lines while using state-of-the-art in-branch technology.
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Security Service service dogs
San Antonio-based Security Service FCU’s Charitable Foundation made a $5,000 donation to Noelle’s Dogs Four Hope, a Colorado organization dedicated to providing service animals for children in need.
Grand opening celebration
TruStone Financial FCU, Plymouth, Minn., celebrated the opening of its newest branch in northeast Minneapolis with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Project Backpack
Corporate America Family CU, Elgin, Ill., hosted its 13th annual school supply drive, Project Backpack, in an effort to support areas in need. Members and local residents donated.
Big honors
United FCU, St. Joseph, Mich., won two newspaper awards, both for the second year in a row. It was the first-place Benchmark Winner in Arkansas Business Best Places to Work, and was named the preferred credit union in the annual Southwest Times Record Reader’s Choice competition in Fort Smith, Ark., which serves 10 counties in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Award-winning programs
Southeastern CU, Valdosta, Ga., received the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award from Georgia Credit Union Affiliates for its Fill-a-Truck for Hunger Food Drive.
Monthly volunteerism
Each month, employees of Commonwealth CU, Frankfort, Ky., volunteer their time at the Serenity Center, helping package food items for needy families. Separately, the CU hosted a Movie Night at Georgetown College (South Campus), and week-long Grand Opening festivities at its Campus Branch at the University of Louisville (it is the school’s preferred credit union).
Generous donations
Align CU, Lowell, Mass., delivered school supplies donated by members and the community to Catie’s Closet, which collects new and gently used clothing, and new toiletries, socks, underwear and school supplies for students pre-K through 12th grade who are in need of assistance. It also supported Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester’s Operation Playhouse Build.
Wild about robots
Robins Financial CU, Warner Robins, Ga., sponsored Team 4941 RoboBibb by contributing $1,000 to FIRST Robotics. School students from all Bibb County high schools competed in a robotics contest.
PenFed enters Nebraska
Alexandria, Va.-based PenFed CU’s first branch in Nebraska attracted high-profile visitors after it opened, including Rick Metsger, board chairman of NCUA. The state-of-the-art branch in Papillion, Neb., is strategically located between the Omaha metropolitan area and Offutt Air Force Base. PenFed raised more than $675,000 for troops, veterans and their families with its annual Military Heroes Golf Classic.
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Heritage Trust FCU, Summerville, S.C., received the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Trailblazer Award for leading efforts in business and education partnerships.
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Celebrating the cooperative difference
New Hampshire CUs and a local food co-op partnered to tout the cooperative difference and share the many ways credit union values give consumers a better banking experience.
Skip-A-Pay to save a life
AltaOne FCU, Ridgecrest, Calif., presented $2,035 from one of its biannual “Skip-A-Pay” promotions to Olivia’s Heart Project in Bakersfield, which works to increase awareness of and prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in children and young adults.
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'Bee the Boss'
Army Aviation Center FCU, Daleville, Ala., partnered with three local Boys and Girls Clubs to provide a Bee the Boss Program. The program teaches elementary and middle school students business principles and how they can be their own boss.