Employees of Christian Community CU, San Dimas, Calif., held their 17th annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser, raising $891. Employees had the option to donate to Susan G. Komen's Be More Than Pink or Lee National Denim Day, supporting the American Cancer Society. A donation of $5 or more meant wearing jeans, sneakers, and/or pink T-shirts to work.
PSECU, Harrisburg, Pa., hosted the first of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force regional roundtable discussions, which were held to gain feedback and policy recommendations to improve the lives of Pennsylvania’s middle class workers and their families.
Jeanne D’Arc CU, Lowell, Mass., distributed the first donations from the Steve Jones Legacy Fund to several recipients: A Bed For Every Child, Greater Lowell YMCA, Town of Chelmsford Scholarship Committee, My Father’s House, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Chelmsford Youth Basketball League, Catie’s Closet, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lowell. Jones, a 20-year veteran of the CU, passed away in 2016.
The Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation, Hanscom AFB, Mass., was among the major sponsors of the Home Base Mission: Gratitude concert. The event benefitted the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base program.
Hurricane relief donation
People's CU, Middletown, R.I., with the help of member and employee donations, raised $1,041 to benefit CUAid for hurricane relief.
Reader's choice for six years running
Del-One FCU, Dover, Del., once again was named Best Credit Union in Delaware from the Reader’s Choice Awards. This is the sixth year in a row Del-One has won this honor.
Best of the best
TopLine FCU, Maple Grove, Minn., was named “Best Credit Union” in Twin Cities Business Magazine’s annual “Best of Business” contest. The magazine’s yearly survey asks its readership, "Which companies exemplify true excellence in their respective industries and would you confidently refer to a family member, friend or colleague?”
Ent CU recognized
Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Ent CU was voted the “Best Financial Institution” by readers of The Pueblo Chieftain in their annual “Best of Pueblo” survey.
In Freehold, N.J., First Financial FCU’s Foundation awarded $500 scholarships to four students, including Cassidy Sabins of Spring Lake Heights, who graduated from Manasquan High School and is currently attending the University of Tampa in Florida.
Donor registry drive
BlueOx CU, Battle Creek, Mich., hosted bone marrow and organ, eye and tissue donor registry drives at each of its branches. In conjunction with the Be the Match and Gift of Life organizations, BlueOx registered individuals in the Gift of Life registry and the Be the Match bone marrow registry via a quick process that included the gathering of a cheek swab sample.
The company has been experimenting with ways to recruit more women and minorities, including a program to hire professionals who had left banking. But CEO Charlie Scharf’s reference to “a very limited pool of Black talent” for important jobs may make it harder for Wells to meet inclusion goals.
The news media investigation of transactions by nefarious actors puts certain large banks in a negative light, but it also points to inefficient use of suspicious activity reports and other anti-money-laundering issues that the industry has decried for years.