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445106 and still climbing--raised for Haiti CUs
MADISON, Wis. and WASHINGTON (1/26/10)--Credit unions around the world have contributed $445,106 to the disaster relief efforts for Haiti's credit unions and their members, and the totals are "still climbing," said Valerie Breunig, executive director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions.
Click to view larger image Staff at Cardinal Community CU, Mentor, Ohio, hosted a bake sale Friday and raised $500 to benefit Haiti earthquake victims. Employees donated baked goods and their time, and the credit union said there was an incredible response from members who purchased the treats to support a great cause. The proceeds will be donated to the National Credit Union Foundation's disaster relief fund, CUAid, for disaster relief in Haiti. From left are Jean Turner, loan officer, and Magen Corbett, marketing coordinator.(Photo provided by Cardinal Community CU)
The foundation--the charitable arm of the World Council of Credit Unions, collected $239,410 as of Monday afternoon for the earthquake victims, said Breunig. U.S. credit unions chipped in another $205,696 via the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) online disaster relief fund system, www.CUAid.coop, and wire transfers, said Jill Stevenson, marketing and communications coordinator for NCUF. The Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions sent $36,000 late Friday, Breunig told News Now. Credit unions were collecting funds from employees and members in a variety of ways --including bake sales, casual days, and jars by the teller stations--to send to USAid.coop. The funds credit unions contribute through the two credit union foundations will go to assisting some of Haiti's 175 credit unions and 404,000 credit union members. At the time of the earthquake, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) had 16 project team members working on a three-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development in Haiti. All are safe, but their building was heavily damaged. Last week WOCCU sent two staffers with supplies and met project leader Greta Greathouse at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic with supplies for staff (News Now Jan. 20). Haiti was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12 that flattened its capital, Port au Prince, a city of two million people, and damaged its port. It has endured several strong aftershocks. The government says it has buried at least 150,000 quake victims and many others are still in rubble or have been buried by family. Roughly two million people are homeless, and there are not enough tents for many in the tent cities that have developed. The disaster is being billed as one of the most horrific disasters for children (USA Today Jan. 25). Many are parentless and ill or injured. To support WOCCU's relief efforts on behalf of Haiti's credit unions and their members, credit unions can give these ways:
* Donate via check, credit card or wire to:

Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Inc.

5710 Mineral Point Road

Madison, WI 53705

* Make donations online with a credit card at www.woccu.org/give. * For wire transfer information, contact: Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, 608-395-2055 or e-mail vbreunig@woccu.org. Please indicate that your donation is for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. * U.S. credit unions can also support WOCCU's relief efforts by donating through the National Credit Union Foundation's CUAid system at www.CUAid.coop.
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