American Heritage CU, Philadelphia, and the Kids-N-Hope Foundation’s 24th Annual Gelatin Olympics raised more than $37,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other local hospitals.
St. Anne's scholarships
St. Anne’s CU, Fall River, Mass., awarded two $500 scholarships, the Deacon Bernard G. Theroux scholarship and the Albert E. Mercier Scholarship, and it sponsored one of the honorable mention winners of the Massachusetts Credit Unions Student Essay Contest.
Showing the love
As part of “I Love Burnsville Week” in Minnesota, local third grade students wrote essays following the prompt “I Love Burnsville because…” for the 8th annual “Why I Love Burnsville” essay contest. Firefly CU awarded $50 to contest winners and their respective teachers toward classroom supplies. Honorable mentions in the contest, as well as their teachers, received $25.
SECU turns out big for March of Dimes
State Employees’ CU, Raleigh, N.C., had a huge presence at this year’s Triangle area March of Dimes March for Babies event, with nearly 300 employees, family members and friends walking the three-mile trek. SECU branch and operations employees raised nearly $60,000 for the cause through numerous fundraisers and individual donations.
New ATM added
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Redwood CU added a new ATM at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. The ATM is located in the SSU Student Center and is available every day for students and faculty to get cash.
San Diego-based Mission FCU supported Rady Children’s Hospital by helping raise funds and awareness during Miracle Month. Part of Credit Union for Kids, Miracle Month included branches selling the famous paper Miracle Balloons for $1. Together with the Miracle Match program from CO-OP Financial Services, Mission Fed’s total contribution was $21,585.14.
Staff of First Capital FCU, York, Pa., helped sort books in preparation for the York Hospital Auxiliary’s Book Nook Bonanza. This annual event offers more than 250,000 donated books, as well as puzzles, DVDs and artwork, for sale at low prices.
Michigan CU League recognizes FreeStar
FreeStar Financial CU, Clinton Township, Mich., won the Credit Union of the Year Award from the Michigan CU League. Separately, the Macomb Daily said FreeStar Financial was the winner of its Readers Award for Best of the Best in the credit union category for the sixth year.
Fine wine and a good cause
The CU Foundation for MD DC's 2017 Wine Me Up! event at the MD & DC Credit Union Association's Annual Meeting & Convention in Ocean City, Md., was the most successful wine pull to date, raising more than $4,500 for the Foundation's Training Grant Program.
Homeless shelter donation
Frontier Community CU, Leavenworth, Kan., donated $10,610 to the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope to help pay for construction of the organization’s new homeless shelter.
Golf tourney brings in nearly $20,000 for charity
Despite sweltering heat, a stalwart group of golfers hit the links at Atkinson Resort & Country Club for the 17th Annual Merrimack Valley Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament. This year’s golf outing by the Lawrence, Mass.-based CU raised nearly $20,000 for Emmaus, Inc.
LAFCU awards $5,000 in scholarships
LAFCU, Lansing, Mich., awarded 2017 Write to Educate $2,500 college scholarships to two high school seniors who will attend Lansing Community College and Baker College’s Owosso campus in the fall.
Hockey playoffs for a cause
Employees of Ascend FCU, Tullahoma, Tenn., helped Middle Tennesseans by donating more than $1,000 to the Nashville Predators Foundation. The CU encouraged its employees to donate at least $5 for every day the Preds were in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In return, employees could wear blue jeans and their favorite Preds gear to work. The Predators ultimately lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2.
Nearly a quarter-century of scholarships
Align CU, Lowell, Mass., announced the winners of its 24th annual scholarship program. Since the program’s inception in 1994, Align has awarded scholarships to 266 students to assist them with their pursuit of higher education.
Diamond cracks the local chamber's Top 20
Diamond CU, Pottstown, Pa., was ranked No. 14 on the list of the Top 50 Businesses in the Greater Reading area by the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Ent CU recognized
Colorado Springs-based Ent CU, and its employees, were recognized with Pikes Peak United Way’s “Spirit of Caring Award” in the large company category (more than 500 employees). The Spirit of Caring Award is the highest award given by Pikes Peak United Way.
Largest scholarship donation in CU's history
Charter Oak FCU awarded $96,000 in college scholarships, the largest disbursement in the credit union’s history, during a private reception at its headquarters in Waterford, Conn.
Earning merit badges
A+ Federal Credit Union, Austin, Texas, helped 500 Boy Scouts earn their Personal Management Merit Badge through the A+FCU Personal Management Merit Badge program.
The effort is the first offshoot of Project REACh, which is designed to bring together business leaders, government officials and advocates to help improve financial services options for disadvantaged communities.
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