Northwest Credit Union Foundation Pledges $2,500 to Colorado Flood Relief, Urges Donations to CUAid
October 3, 2013
Oct. 3, 2013
The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has activated its online disaster relief system to raise money for Colorado credit unions and their members affected by recent flooding, and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation has joined the effort with a $2,500 donation.
Kim Vu, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s executive director, announced the donation this week, and she urged credit unions in Washington and Oregon to make their own donations at www.cuaid.coop.
“Colorado has been severely affected by the recent floods,” says Dan Santangelo, executive director of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. “We didn’t think we were going to need much CUAid funding, but we now estimate that more than 10,000 credit union staff, volunteers, and members are in need of some type of assistance.”
The flooding that ravaged Colorado in September killed at least eight people and damaged or destroyed as many as 2,000 homes. It also washed out hundreds of miles of roads and left many small mountain towns completely cut off. Many spots picked up more than a foot of rain, with one location in Boulder seeing a 16.9-inch deluge.
“To help alleviate the devastating effects of this disaster, we encourage credit union leaders all across the country to use CUAid.coop as a channel to collect donations from their employees, volunteers and members,” says Christopher Morris, NCUF director of communications.
As donations are posted through CUAid.coop, NCUF will coordinate with the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation to distribute funds directly to affected credit union employees and members, Morris says.
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