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CREDIT UNIONS GIVE BACK
Alise Fowler, branch manager (second from right) and staff from the $2.8 billion Robins
Financial Credit Union in Warner Robins, Ga., present a $2,500 donation to Ellen Palmer
(center) from the Perry Chamber of Commerce. The donation will be used for Freedom
Fireworks, a free event scheduled for June 27 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.
Employees from the $9.8 billion Security Service Federal Credit Union in San Antonio, Texas
present Ray Tullius (center), executive director for the Opportunity Center for the Homeless,
with a $10,000 donation. Pictured from Security Service are Marisela Molinar (second
from right), vice president of member service – El Paso; Sofia Gonzalez (second from left),
assistant vice president of member contact center operations; Felix Cano (left), Montwood
branch manager; and Edna Aleman (right), Missouri branch manager.
The $773 Point Breeze Credit Union in Hunt Valley, Md., donated $10,000 to Hannah More
Family Shelter, a comprehensive 85-bed shelter in Baltimore County serving families
experiencing homelessness. From left to right are Lennore Brownley, office manager for
the Point Breeze Owings Mills Office; Jennifer Lavella of St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore;
April Wright-Ferguson of the Hannah More of Family Shelter/St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore;
and Tonia Niedzialkowski, EVP/COO for Point Breeze. The shelter provides a wide range of
supportive services, including meals, youth activities and tutoring, adult education classes,
case management, housing placement and referrals.
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Employees from the Maine Credit Union League present Shawn Moody (left), Maine
Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation recipient, with a $10,000 donation on March 10. The
Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation provides financial support to individuals interested in
pursuing careers in Maine’s trade industry. Maine credit unions pride themselves on being
leaders in providing innovative financial products and services that help improve the lives of
Mainers and their communities.
Lauren Beppler (standing at right), community engagement specialist at the $197 million
NET Credit Union in Scranton, Penn., educates Scranton School District elementary
students on personal finances. Fourth and fifth grade students enrolled in the Frances
Willard Elementary After School Program learned about the importance of budgeting and
healthy spending habits.
The $700 million Leominster Credit Union in Leominster, Mass., donated 131 new blankets to
area local organizations in need. Leominster employees either donated money to wear jeans
on Fridays or donated blankets, Leominster members donated blankets, the Montachusett
Area Rotary collected blankets and the residents of the Sunrise Senior Living Center made 19
blankets for the cause. Twenty-eight Massachusetts credit unions and the Cooperative Credit
Union Association participated in the 2020 Blanket Drive in January. The credit unions donated
a total of 1,371 blankets to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and other local
agencies across the state. From left to right in the front row are Betty Barrett, Settimio “Set”
Firmani, Jane Brousseau and Marlene Downey. From left to right in the back row are Evelyn
Zimmerman, Fitchburg State University Intern; Lorrie Brodeur, activity volunteer coordinator;
Leominster President/CEO John O’Brien; Yvonne Champagne; Barbara Dragon; Viola Godin
and Rachel Terrel of Leominster.