MADISON, Wis. (11/9/12)--Support from the credit union community for East Coast credit unions affected by Hurricane Sandy continues to roll in.
Heavy snow fell on trees and power lines on Wednesday in New Jersey, causing major power outages across the state. (Photo provided by New Jersey Credit Union League)
Donations to CUAid to assists credit unions affected by Hurricane Sandy have surpassed $136,000, the National Credit Union Foundation reported Thursday.
CUAid is the only program of its kind that enables credit union employees, volunteers, and members, as well as credit unions and credit union organizations across the United States, to contribute directly to support other credit union people. The National Credit Union Foundation coordinates with credit union leagues in the disaster area to distribute contributions to affected credit union employees and members.
Also, CU*SWAG, a graphic T-shirt provider for the credit union industry, has designated Friday as a day of donation. CU*SWAG pledges to donate 100% of profits from orders placed Friday to NCUF.
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues donated $10,000 to CUAid.
"Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and we want to do our part to assist our colleagues and their members in their efforts to recover from this devastating storm," said Leagues President/CEO Diana Dykstra.
In New Jersey, a Nor'easter named Athena wreaked havoc Wednesday on the roads and power lines that were just beginning to recover from last week's storm, according to the New Jersey Credit Union League
Inches of heavy, wet snow fell on already weakened trees and newly repaired power lines and transformers last night, causing downed trees and lines, and major power outages across the state.
Many of those who just had their power turned back on are now in the dark again. Commuting has become difficult with drivers having to dodge tress and lines as well as being detoured off normal routes.
New Jersey residents are hopeful that effects of this storm will not slow down or deter power restoration efforts already underway across the state.
"Just when we were starting to see many more New Jerseyans have their power turned back on, we unfortunately were hit with a snowfall that is delaying power restoration and has taken many areas backwards because of downed trees and lines from the snow," said NJCUL President/CEO Paul Gentile. "I want to thank credit unions, leagues and system players from around the country who have stepped up and donated to the National Credit Union Foundation's CU Aid. The funds are needed and appreciated. We will never forget the outpouring of support."