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* FLORENCE, S.C. (8/4/09)--A local newspaper gave Health Facilities FCU, based in Florence, S.C., a "thumbs up" for its "Don't Just Save a Tree, Plant One" campaign. This past spring, the credit union offered members a chance to sign up for eStatements and give back to the city, Keep Florence Beautiful and The Arbor Foundation by planting trees. "I never would have imagined that we would be planting 155 trees in Florence," Michelle Bailey, the credit union's marketing manager, told Morning News (Aug. 3) … * TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (8/4/09)--Three families are leading Florida Commerce CU's weLiveFIT! Challenge competitions, announced the credit union at a live show July 26 at a local Sam's Club in Tallahassee. Seven Tallahassee families are halfway through the 10-month competition toward financial fitness, which began in March. The households are competing to save money, reduce debt and improve their credit scores. More than 100 families applied for the competition. Each of the seven families chosen are assigned a financial coach to help them develop a personalized plan. They share their progress with the community through blogs and monthly webisodes. The household that improves finances the most at the end of the challenge will receive $10,000. Ann Nucatola, host of the weLiveFIT! Challenge reality show, announced the three families leading so far: David and Linley Paske, Karen Rubin, and Diana and Michael Grosh. Winners will be announced in January … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (8/4/09)--Belco Community CU based in Harrisburg is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Critter Club, an account created for pets. To celebrate, employee and members donated $1,272 to three local animal shelters. In addition to the funds raised, they filled two truckloads of supplies, which were delivered to the Lancaster Humane League, Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area and Adams County SPCA. Employees raised funds through jeans days. Also, a team of employees took part in the Humane Society of Harrisburg's Run/Walk for the Animals (Life is a Highway July 30) … * RALEIGH, N.C. (8/4/09)--State Employees' CU (SECU) foundation, SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship each to three Edgecombe County 2009 graduates for a total of $30,000 in award money. Recipients are SouthWest Edgecombe graduate Morgan Danielle Drake, North Edgecombe graduate Tierra Shadeh Hammiel and Tarboro High graduate Cassie Dieterich Hutaff. Drake will attend North Carolina State University; Hammiel will attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Hutaff will attend University of North Carolina at Charlotte. SECU, a $17 billion asset credit union, is based in Raleigh, N.C. …


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