Vibrant CU, Moline, Ill., was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work.
Jeanne D'Arc gives back
Jeanne D’Arc CU, Lowell, Mass., sponsored two entertaining and humorous presentations by comedic financial speaker Colin Ryan at Lowell High School and Nashua High School South. Separately, the CU donated $1,200 worth of non-perishable food to Dracut Food Pantry.
North Carolina's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve honored Kristina Lazarus, VP, Human Resources, Local Government FCU, Raleigh, N.C., with a Patriot Award. The Patriot Award recognizes individual supervisors and managers nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve for support provided directly to the nominating service member.
Meet the new Neighbors
St. Louis-based Neighbors CU held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of its new branch in Ellisville, Mo. Those on hand for the event included John Servos, CEO of Neighbors, State Rep. Derek Grier, Adam Paul, Mayor of Ellisville, and Lori Kelling, president of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce.
Combining service with servers
Hughes FCU, Tucson, Ariz., donated information technology equipment to the Pima County Joint Technical Education District valued at more than $25,000. The donation, made through its Hughes Helps Program, included two HP server environments and two data storage arrays.
Clark College foundation Dinner November 2, 2017
Natalie Behring & Amanda Cowen
Excellence in Philanthropy award
Columbia CU, Vancouver, Wash., was honored with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Philanthropy from the Clark College Foundation. The award recognized Columbia CU’s commitment to supporting the college and the community through leadership in education.
Each year Elevations Foundation, the charitable arm of Elevations CU, Boulder, Colo., awards community grants to local non-profits making a difference along the Front Range. This year’s funding totaled more than $50,000, celebrating work within the focus areas of early childhood development, mental health, and environmental education and sustainability.
Dover FCU, Dover, Del., teamed with the First State Animal Center and SPCA to raise $2,644 for animals. For one month, Dover Federal’s seven branches served as a donation drop off for First State Animal Center and SPCA “Wish List” items and monetary donations for the shelter. Also, an adoption event was held at Dover Federal’s Smyrna branch. Separately, the CU raised $5,740 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
Great Lakes gives back to homeless veterans
Great Lakes CU, Bannockburn, Ill., wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices made by military personnel, show gratitude to our armed forces and help those experiencing hardships. GLCU held an employee donation drive for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.
Teaching financial literacy
For the fourth straight year, FreeStar Financial CU, Clinton Township, Mich., took to the road to visit high schools throughout Macomb County to share financial literacy lessons with teenage students using CUNA’s Mad City Money budgeting simulation.
Community banks that were pushed past key asset limits by the Paycheck Protection Program say they will be unable to shrink their balance sheets back to normal size by the 2022 deadline, especially if there is a new round of rescue aid.
The plan still lacks concrete details about standards banks must meet to earn high ratings, but the agency said the new methodology would end grade inflation and could penalize banks that underperform.