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'Secret Agent R' (Riverset CU) on a mission
PITTSBURGH (2/7/13)--Move over, 007. Riverset CU has assumed the persona of "Secret Agent R" in performing random acts of kindness throughout its community.

Click to view larger image Riverset CU performs random acts of kindness throughout its community as "Secret Agent R." The credit union left this letter for the recipient of its first mission, which included a $5 bill and a package of microwave popcorn placed next to a movie rental vending machine to "pay it forward" for the next movie rental customer. (Photo provided by Riverset CU)
"As a community credit union, we pride ourselves in giving back to the community," said Patrick Flynn, community relations manager at $120 million asset Riverset CU. "We have a deeply held spirit of volunteerism already. This was a way employees could contribute with a minimal amount of time. They love it."

The credit union adopted the secret agent identity from Pittsburgh blogger "Secret Agent L," whose real name is Laura Miller. Pittsburgh-based Riverset CU is the first "Corporate Secret Agent" in the program, and like Secret Agent L, conducts random "day-brightening" missions throughout its community.

The Secret Agent mantra is "Be kind. No exceptions."

Flynn followed Miller on Twitter and Facebook and met her at a charity event, where he proposed the partnership, he told News Now.

For its first mission, Secret Agent R placed a $5 bill and a package of microwave popcorn next to a movie rental vending machine to "pay it forward" for the next movie rental customer. The gift included a note reminding the recipient that "somewhere someone is thinking how important you are to them."

The random acts of kindness are presented anonymously, with a business card that points recipients to the Secret Agent L website.

"We just want people to pick up the package and pay it forward, to go to the website and read what other people have done, so they will be inspired brighten someone else's day," Flynn told News Now.
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