CREDIT UNIONS GIVE BACK
Jackie LaPorte (left), financial services representative at the $1 billion Merrimack Valley
Credit Union in Lawrence, Mass., and Tracy Dunbar, secretary at Timony Grammar School
in Methuen, Mass., pose with treats they gave to staff and teachers. Over the course of
Bridgewater, Mass.-based Bridgewater Credit Union, a division of MVCU, surprised
community members in both regions with random acts of kindness. The credit unions spent
nearly $6,000 performing good deeds for strangers. Together, more than 40 MVCU and BCU
employees logged nearly 50 hours and impacted hundreds of community members.
Larry Swartz (right) of the $1.7 billion OCCU in Eugene, Ore., and Heather Krieves (left) of
Sheppard Motors, present a $1,000 donation to Kim Lax (center), development and resource
director at Womenspace. Womenspace has been providing safety, hope and healing to
survivors of intimate partner violence for more than 40 years.
The $950 million One Nevada Credit Union in Las Vegas, Nev., donates $500 each to The
Food Bank of Northern Nevada, The Children’s Cabinet and Junior Achievement of Northern
Nevada, thanks in part to Food Truck Friday attendees and their coloring skills. From left
to right, Joan Griswold and Jocelyn Lantrip of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Kristin
Loebbecke of The Children’s Cabinet, Lisa Jansen of One Nevada and Kristin Reagan of
Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada pose in front of a wall filled with colorful drawings.
Each week during Food Truck Friday, event attendees of all ages stopped by the One Nevada
booth and spent time coloring drawings to raise funds for the local nonprofits.
Barbara Mead (second from right) from the $2.7 billion Robins Financial Credit Union in War-
ner Robins, Ga., presents a $5,000 donation to Dawn Rozar (second from left) and the staff of
Heart of Georgia Hospice. Robins Financial recently sponsored Camp WINGS by contribut-
ing $5,000 to the Heart of Georgia Hospice. This is the 20th year for Camp WINGS. Heart of
Georgia Hospice Camp WINGS is held for youth ages six to 16 who are grieving the loss of
a loved one. In addition to normal camp activities, the children receive free grief counsel-
ing while living among people their own age who have experienced similar situations. The
children learn about the grieving process and how to move forward with their lives.
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The $518 million Peach State Federal Credit Union in Lawrenceville, Ga., contributed
$10,000 to help put the finishing touches on Warrick Dunn Charities’ 171st Home for
the Holidays celebration. From left to right are Alicia Fitts and Ed Presnell, business
development team members for Peach State; Nailah, homeowner and Home for the
Holidays recipient; and Warrick Dunn, founder of Warrick Dunn Charities. The Home
for the Holidays program helps single-parent families, who are actively working, by
providing them with home furnishings and down payment assistance. The homeowner
is a single mother of three and veteran of the Army Reserves who volunteers in the
community and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Boxcar drivers prepare for a race at the 10th annual Box Car Rally hosted by the $1.7 billion
Achieva Credit Union in Dunedin, Fla. The event was originally inspired by the movie “The
Little Rascals.” The Box Car Rally attracts thousands of spectators to watch nearly 300
races between boxcars made out of everything from surfboards to filing cabinets, as well
as sleek All-American Soap Box Derby style cars. Since its inception, the event has raised
$200,000 for local schools across Pinellas County in Florida.