OCUF, WCUF Support CUs Affected by Southern Tornadoes through CUAid
The Oregon and Washington Foundations gave $7,500 to support relief efforts, and are calling on credit unions to make contributions as well.
May 3, 2011
The Oregon and Washington Credit Union Foundations, along with the National Credit Union Foundation, have activated the online disaster relief system CUAid.coop to raise money for credit union people affected by recent tornadoes that ravaged the southern United States.
The storm that killed over 300 people and destroyed millions of dollars worth of property, including credit union branches, was the largest in U.S. recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.
The two state foundations have given $7,500 toward relief efforts.
Credit union supporters in every state can now make donations through a secured website (www.cuaid.coop) that accepts credit cards and wire transfers. CUAid is the only program of its kind that enables credit union employees, volunteers, and members, as well as credit unions and state credit union foundations across the U.S., to contribute directly to support other credit union people.
“In times like these it is evident that our Foundations, in partnership with our member credit unions, play a critical role in keeping the People helping People philosophy alive within our own credit union community by helping those in need,” said Washington Credit Union Foundation Executive Director RoxAnne Kruger.
As donations are posted through CUAid.coop, NCUF will coordinate with the credit union leagues across the southern part of the country to distribute money efficiently to credit union employees and members in the affected areas.
“CUAid.coop is a national online giving center dedicated to helping credit unions, their employees and members recover from major disasters,” said Oregon Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Danielle Brown, who also serves on the NCUF Executive Committee. “Donations made through CUAid will help credit union people rebuild their lives after the Southern tornadoes and embodies the spirit of credit union people helping credit union people.”
CUAid was developed by NCUF in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union leagues, and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee in 2006.
Questions? Contact Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston: 206.340.4814, [email protected].