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CU staffer takes in new members evacuated by flood
PHILADELPHIA (9/19/11)--During Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, credit unions throughout the Northeast scrambled to help their employees and members. One employee of Sb1 FCU, Philadelphia, went beyond mere member service and opened her home to two new members.
This photo, from The Patriot-News, shows a flooded South Front Street in Harrisburg, Pa., the after-effects of Tropical Storm Lee. One employee of Sb1 FCU, Philadelphia, invited two members who were evacuated from their apartment into her home. (Photo provided Pennsylvania Credit Union Association)
In August, Sb1 FCU member service representative Liz Strittmatter opened accounts for two GlaxoSmithKlein interns served by the credit union’s Upper Merion branch. The interns, who had just moved to the area from the United Kingdom, didn’t know many people. “We just kind of struck up a friendship,” Strittmatter told News Now. “When it became evident that Irene was going to cause flooding and they could be evacuated from their apartment I gave them my phone number. I said, ‘Please call if you need a place to stay.’” The two interns indeed were evacuated. They spent one night at Strittmatter’s home during the weekend of Hurricane Irene and another night when Hurricane Lee caused flooding in the Philadelphia area. For her good deeds, Sb1 presented Strittmatter with tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies game. Strittmatter said she was gratified, but she extended the offer out of friendship, she said. “They still stop by the office everyday just to say hi,” she said. “We had a great time.”
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