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 PrimeSource Credit Union Rallies to Help Staff Member

“People helping people” is not just a slogan for PrimeSource Credit Union CEO Margaret Burkholz and her team. It’s how they take care of their members—and their own.

When PrimeSource Product and Service Representative Tara Lybbert was diagnosed with chorodial melanoma—cancer of the eye—last December, her coworkers rallied to provide support. They raised funds through several initiatives, but that wasn’t all. They helped her with grocery shopping, cooked meals and kept in close touch throughout her surgery and recovery.

It wasn’t surprising that when Lybbert was diagnosed, PrimeSource Vice President of Operations Annette Babb told Burkholz that they needed to move swiftly to remove any burdens.

“We really do view Tara as family, so we treated her as family in that situation,” said Babb.

Staff members donated money themselves, placed donation jars at the branches, and then they took to social media, posting about the donation drive to help their coworker. It wasn’t long before they had help from another local credit union.

Horizon Credit Union saw the Facebook posts and began their own donation campaign to help Lybbert, raising $700.

“For Horizon to help PrimeSource without being solicited was really nice. It says that regardless of the credit union you work for, they’re willing to help another credit union, hands-down. I think it is so respectable for Horizon to reach out to us,” Burkholz said.

In addition to the donations and home support, the staff created a fun moment for Lybbert when she returned to work this month. All staff members wore an eye patch on her first day back. Lybbert still has many follow-up procedures to come, so Burkholz said that PrimeSource remains committed to helping its own through a continued donation drive.

“I’m proud to be part of the CU movement—I’ve been in it for 41 years and that’s why I’m still in it today,” said Burkholz.

If you’re interested in helping PrimeSource raise funds for Lybbert, please contact Annette Babb at ababb@primesourcecu.org.

Unitus Community Credit Union Announces Increase in Scholarships

Unitus Community Credit Union will award six scholarships totaling $15,000 this year. The amount of each individual scholarship has risen from $1,000 to $2,500 for 2018. The recipients are comprised of three high school students, two undergraduate college students, and one student of either level who has demonstrated outstanding community service and volunteerism.

“As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, supporting community members will always be one of our highest priorities,” said Laurie Kresl, Chief Marketing Officer for Unitius. “We believe that giving more to our bright, motivated leaders of tomorrow is one of the smartest investments we can make to promote long-term growth, stability, and success for the communities we all live in and love.”

Since beginning the scholarship program in 2007, Unitus has awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships to qualified students.

Applications for Unitus scholarships opened in mid-January. Motivated students are encouraged to learn more and apply at https://www.unitusccu.com/credit-union-scholarships. The application deadline is April 30, and recipients will be notified by June 30.

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