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Pie in the eye for CMN hospitals
Credit unions from the Dakotas rallied for a record-breaking year in their support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on Miracle Jeans Day, as 45 CUs – 23 in North Dakota and 22 in South Dakota – plus the CU Association of the Dakotas raised a combined $40,600. Jeff Olson, president/CEO of CUAD, took a pie in the face as part of a ND/SD challenge.
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Kids sleep tight, thanks to CUs
Massachusetts credit unions affiliated with the Cooperative Credit Union Association donated four beds to underprivileged children in the Lowell, Mass., area in support of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless initiative, “A Bed for Every Child.”
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PSECU Reality Fair
More than 200 students at the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, received real-life, hands-on financial management and personal budgeting experience during a Financial Reality Fair sponsored by PSECU, Harrisburg, Pa.
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Matching donations for kids
For the seventh consecutive year, Naveo CU, Somerville, Mass., participated in the Miracle Jeans Day initiative to raise funds for Boston Children’s Hospital, the local Miracle Network hospital. The event raised $1,500 from employees and members, and the CU matched.
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Building bikes
Nearly 500 employees of Educators CU, Racine, Wis., built 50 bikes to send to the Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee. Building the bikes was a surprise team-building activity during “Now to Wow,” Educators CU’s annual day of training.
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Three big donations
America’s First FCU, Birmingham, Ala., awarded three charities a total of $75,000. Each charity received a check for $25,000 due to the efforts of the Community First campaign. The charities that benefitted were: Make-A-Wish Alabama, Kid One Transport and the Crisis Center.
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Helping stop hunger in Maine
Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger presented a check for $33,000, a portion of the record-setting $675,000 Maine’s CUs raised for ending hunger in 2016, to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s school backpack and pantry programs across Maine. The contribution was the second installment of a three-year, $100,000 pledge to help fight childhood hunger.
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DCCU volunteers
All Denver Community CU staff volunteered at six Volunteers of America Colorado sites on #DenverCommunityGives Day, as 86 employees volunteered a combined 430 hours. The projects supported underserved community members including at-risk children, women, seniors, and food insecure and homeless community members.
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More random acts of kindness
Great Lakes CU, Bannockburn, Ill., continued its random acts of kindness program with more giveaways: the North Chicago branch supplied breakfast for 40 unsuspecting Dunkin’ Donuts customers, and gave out 16 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to members who visited the branch. Also, the Woodstock branch gave gift cards to Subway, Regal Cinema or Jewel Osco to 25 members who came into the branch one Friday.
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Entrepreneurs' grant
Thanks to an application submitted by Phoenix-based Canyon State CU to the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Hustle Phoenix was awarded a $40,000 grant to provide prospective entrepreneurs classroom training followed by several months of business advising from a network of volunteer professional advisors.
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Credit union movement donates for hurricane relief
When PSCU witnessed the widespread devastation resulting from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based company knew it had to do something. In addition to donating $50,000 to the National Credit Union Foundation for disaster relief efforts, PSCU rallied its employees to collect hundreds of pounds in supplies. Supplies were distributed to 10 credit unions in Texas that had been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Austin, Texas-based United Heritage CU’s United Heritage Charity Foundation donated more than $20,000 to the American Red Cross in support of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Through a Harvey Relief Fund set up by the Foundation, the community raised a total of $10,013.76, and the Charity Foundation made a $10,000 matching pledge for a total of $20,013.76 donated.