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CU System briefs (05/26/2009)
* WHITTIER, Calif. (5/27/09)--Members and employees of Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal) and staff from several other credit unions and businesses fed more than 3,000 local residents in need lunch while they donated more than 100,000 pounds of food valued at $200,000. The Fifth Annual Food Distribution Day at CU SoCal's Whittier branch, held May 16, was part of the Southern California's Helping Hands, in conjunction with Heart of Compassion. The event prompted one member to say, "No bank does this like my credit union. I have never seen anything like it. CU SoCal really cares about people. You don't just bank here. The credit union gives back to you." Yolanda from Pico Rivera noted that when her husband left her with three children and two grandchildren, he was the only one working. "When he left, so did the money. Things are really tight right now. My daughter got a job, so that has helped." Another recipient, Rachel, who was laid off in March from her clerical job with a school district, said, "My husband is working part time, but it's not enough to support our family of five. Plus, we have a baby on the way." CU SoCal President/CEO Dave Gunderson said more than 300 people volunteered for the event. (Photo provided by Credit Union of Southern California) … * TAMPA, Fla. (5/27/09)--Two Gibsonton, Fla., men were indicted and charged with conspiring to rob three banks and a credit union in Hillsborough County between April 9 and April 17. The second robbery, on April 13, was at a branch of Tampa-based Suncoast Schools FCU. Jason Andrew Rosenberger, 25, faces three charges of bank robbery by force or violence and one count of conspiracy. Luke Mark Debi, also 25, is charged with two counts of bank robbery by force or violence and one count of conspiracy. According to the indictment, they scouted banks and the credit union to become familiar with the premises and their security measures (Tampa Tribune May 22) …


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