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Guide dogs donation
Los Angeles-based Water and Power Community CU donated $5,000 to Guide Dogs of America to sponsor a guide dog puppy. Over three months, WPCCU held a fundraising campaign through a Gofundme.com page and by offering special car loan incentives. Donations received through the Gofundme.com page were matched by WPCCU, and it donated $10 for each car loan financed.
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CU on the playground
Johns Hopkins FCU helped build a new playground at Eager Park in East Baltimore, near Johns Hopkins Hospital. The CU contributed $5,000 to the build, and then provided volunteers on build day. Two employees raised $460 by selling candy bars to employees and members, then used the funds to sponsor a professional face painter and balloon twister on build day.
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Oregon State CU shreds
Oregon State CU, Corvallis, Ore., held two free Community Shred Days in Albany and Corvallis. Collectively, the events served 1,268 vehicles dropping off 43,133 lbs. of paper, saving 355 trees, 147,000 gallons of water, 690 cubic yards of landfill and more than 1,650 gallons of oil. The estimated value of those sustainability efforts total more than $100,000.
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Strawberry Fest sponsorship
TDECU, Lake Jackson, Texas, once again sponsored the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. This year’s event raised money to help fund scholarships for local high school and college students, and provide books for college libraries.
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Tower donates to CMN
Tower FCU, Laurel, Md., and its TowerCares Foundation hosted the 35th Annual Tower Classic Golf Tournament, raising a total of $43,000 to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
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NAFCU cares
The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions partnered with Tripler Fisher House in conjunction with NAFCU’s 50th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu. Attendees assembled 200 care packages that were donated to military families in Honolulu who were in need of household supplies.
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Meals for kids
San Diego-based Mission FCU joined San Diego Unified School District officials, civic and community leaders and the San Diego Pad Squad at a BBQ event to kick off the Summer Fun Café program. The meal program gives children the nutritious meals they need to keep hunger at bay and remain healthy throughout the summer.
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Financial Plus goes to the dogs (and cats)
Financial Plus CU, Flint, Mich., donated $1,000 plus pet supplies to the Humane Society of Genesee County. Financial Plus staff also volunteered at the shelter for a day.
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Advancial's big celebration
Dallas-based Advancial FCU hosted a grand opening celebration at its newest North Texas branch in Allen. The grand opening doubled as a pet adoption event, as local rescue organizations brought dogs of all sizes for a meet and greet with potential new forever homes.
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IC's scholarships
IC Federal Credit Union, Fitchburg, Mass., awarded $1,000 scholarships to five high school graduates who achieved nearly perfect scores from the IC Scholarship Committee, weighted by GPA, extracurricular activities and a 250-word response to an essay question.
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Achieva's new branch
Dunedin, Fla.-based Achieva CU celebrated the opening of its new branch in North Port, Fla., with a VIP event, ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house party. North Port Mayor Linda Yates, Commissioner Debbie McDowell and Commissioner Jill Luke were in attendance.
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CU SoCal’s latest branch addition
Credit Union of Southern California, with assistance from the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce its new, full-service branch, located in the heart of downtown Anaheim. Assembly Member Ed Royce's office presented a Certificate of Recognition for the new location.
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$10,000 in scholarships
Clearview FCU, Moon Township, Pa., announced the winners of the 18th Annual Ralph B. Canterbury Scholarship. Ten local students were awarded $1,000 scholarships each to use toward their college education.
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Fairwinds’ new Support Center
FAIRWINDS CU, Orlando, Fla., opened its new Support Center in East Orlando, providing a state-of-the-art facility and comfortable, collaborative space. The center, which is located less than two miles from the University of Central Florida and is in close proximity to a FAIRWINDS branch, spans 85,000 square feet and houses more than 200 employees.
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More scholarships
Western Division FCU, Williamsville, N.Y., awarded scholarships to six members who are high school seniors planning to further their education at a two- or four-year college or university. This year’s winners received $1,000 each, with one recipient awarded an additional $500 due to her service to the community.

One Credit Union, Springfield, Vt., awarded $500 scholarships to three students. Applicants needed a GPA of 3.0 or better, demonstrate financial need and be eligible for membership, as well as submit a 300-word essay on their intended field of study and college experience goals.

Hawaii Community FCU, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, awarded a total of $20,000 to eight recipients. Seven of the scholarships were awarded to high school graduates, the other to a current college student.

Educational Systems FCU, Greenbelt, Md., awarded $35,000 in scholarships to high school and community college students. The CU also awarded $1,000 Professional Development Awards to 10 local educators to use toward workshop registration, certification fees, travel and tuition.

Sikorsky CU, Stratford, Conn., awarded $1,000 scholarships to 5 high school seniors.

Mill City CU, Minnetonka, Minn., awarded a total of $11,000 in scholarships to 10 members enrolling in post-secondary education for the 2017-18 academic year.

For 2017, Northeast CU, Portsmouth, N.H., increased its scholarship awards to $40,000 from $27,000. The funds were distributed to students from 15 high schools and one community college who were members for a minimum one year prior to applying.