NEW YORK (5/7/10)--The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions announced the recipients of its 2010 Annie Vamper “Helping Hands” Award, its highest honor for community development credit union (CDCU) staff and volunteers.
This year’s recipients are Rebecca “Becky” Anderson, board secretary and supervisory committee chairman, Northwest Baptist FCU, Seattle, and Marcus Bordelon, president/CEO, Appalachian FCU, Berea, Ky. They will receive their awards June 11 during the federation’s Annual Conference on Serving the Underserved in Pittsburgh. Anderson joined the credit union movement in the 1980s, when she was a member and leader of the Mount Zion Baptist Church Sojourner Truth Circle, a church women’s leadership group for young adults. When Northwest Baptist FCU expanded its charter in 1990 and 1994, Anderson helped gather support from other churches to join Northwest Baptist FCU’s field of membership. She has served on the credit union’s board of directors and supervisory committee, helped create the Youth Credit Union Program (YCUP) in 1993, and volunteered with the federation’s Youth Credit Union Network, serving as chairman of the task force responsible for coordinating the network's yearly youth conferences.
Bordelon became president/CEO of the Central Appalachian Peoples’ FCU, now Appalachian FCU, in 1990. Under his tenure, Appalachian FCU grew to become a nearly $18 million CDCU serving more than 2,200 low- and moderate-income residents in rural Appalachia. Bordelon helped expand the credit union’s consumer lending into real estate and business loans. He also pushed for Appalachian FCU to become a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank and spearheaded the credit union’s predatory lending alternatives, developing underwriting policies so the credit union could offer affordable car loans and payday loan alternatives. Since 1993, the federation has honored 45 credit union staff and volunteers with the “Helping Hands” award. Vamper began her credit union career at College City Elks Lodge FCU in 1958. She worked for the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions and the National Credit Union Administration’s CDCU division. Vamper helped rebuild the federation with current President/CEO Cliff Rosenthal. Vamper served as chief financial officer, a regulatory analyst and on the federation’s Capitalization Program staff.