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Taking the plunge
Staffers from Vermont FCU, Burlington, Vt., were part of a record-breaking 1,269 participants who participated in the Penguin Plunge, jumping into 33-degree Lake Champlain to benefit the Special Olympics. They raised $538,487, topping last year’s record by $64,000.
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Grants for teachers
Northeast Community CU, Elizabethton, Tenn., presents its latest Helping Teachers Teach grant check to Happy Valley High School. The CU awards grants each month for academic enrichment.
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Celebrating young artists
Jeanne D’Arc CU, Lowell, Mass., held a reception at its Merrimack Street branch to recognize the artistic abilities of several Wang Middle School students. The students’ artwork was displayed at the branch.
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New mortgage office
Wauna CU, Astoria, Ore., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Mortgage Origination Office in Long Beach, Wash.
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More 'Casual for a Cause'
North Central Area CU, Houghton Lake, Mich., made a $2,434 donation to UPS Ed and Caren’s Charity, Coats for Kids, as part of the CU’s annual Casual for a Cause charity donation. Coats for Kids provides coats and needed clothing to children in need in the area.
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First place
Scott CU, Edwardsville, Ill., won first place awards in all four categories of the Illinois CU League’s annual state-wide awards competition. In 2016, Scott sponsored 18 CU 4 Reality Financial Education Fairs, contributed approximately $430,000 and its employees volunteered 2,100 hours to a variety of local civic efforts.
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Recognizing Classroom Heroes
San Diego County CU recognized Scott Borino as part of SDCCU Classroom Heroes. Borino is a second grade teacher at Vista Grande Elementary School. Winning teachers receive a $500 SDCCU Visa gift card, plus they are recognized as a Classroom Hero on a billboard in their community. Separately, SDCCU was recognized as one of San Diego’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources
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Oregon expansion
Vancouver, Wash.-based Columbia CU, which has 12 branches throughout Clark County, Wash., has selected a location for its first Oregon branch: the diverse and vibrant Buckman neighborhood of SE Portland. The branch is scheduled to open later this year.
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Sweet treats
New Hampshire credit unions, all members of the Cooperative CU Association, were treated to sweets and personal expressions of gratitude from Wish children and volunteers from Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, as 22 Wish children and their families visited 12 CUs to share highlights of their wishes.
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A helping hand for inmates
Michigan Community CU, Jackson, Mich., participates in the Cooper Sate. Correctional Facility’s Employment Readiness Program, which prepares inmates for a successful re-entry into society by providing them information on finances, computer skills, resume writing and effective ways to help find employment upon release.