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CUAid update Donations still needed for Sandy relief
MADISON, Wis. (12/14/12)--The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is seeking additional support from the credit union community to continue to assist credit union people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Since Oct. 31, NCUF has raised and distributed more than $260,000 to credit union employees, volunteers and members, but there still are applications for assistance outstanding. 

This week, the New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) began to deliver CUAid grant checks to credit union people across the state. Angel Santos, left, NJCUL business consultant, and  Ann South, right, president/CEO of Novartis FCU, East Hanover, and New Jersey Credit Union Foundation chairman, presents a check to Novartis FCU Member Service Representative Althea Rankins, whose home was flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

"The response from the credit union system thus far has been absolutely outstanding," said Tom Candell, NCUF deputy executive director/chief operations officer/chief financial officer. "It's not typical for NCUF to continue to fundraise this long after disaster strikes, but it's also rare for us to have so many credit union people that can still benefit from assistance. We'd like to help as many people as possible get back on their feet, so any and all additional support is appreciated."

To date, $121,000 in CUAid funds has been distributed in aid to 94 credit union employees, volunteers and members in New York. Another $141,000 has been disbursed to 161 credit union people in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL) has begun to deliver CUAid grant checks to credit union credit unions across the state.

Paul Gentile, left, New Jersey Credit Union League president/CEO, offers a check to Tom O'Shea, president/CEO Aspire FCU, Clark, N.J., to present to a member. (Photos provided by News Jersey Credit Union League)
Angel Santos, NJCUL business consultant, and Ann South, president/CEO of Novartis FCU, East Hanover, and New Jersey Credit Union Foundation chairman, presented Althea Rankins, member service Representative at Novartis FCU, a check for $1,500 from CUAid.

Rankins' home was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. The Novartis FCU board of directors also presented Rankins with a $500 gift card from Home Depot.

NJCUL President/CEO Paul Gentile presented a $1,500 check to Tom O'Shea, president/CEO of Aspire FCU, Clark, N.J., to present to an Aspire member.

Santos and Ron Behrens, president/CEO of Raritan Bay FCU, Sayreville, N.J., presented a $1,500 check to Shannon Gonzalez, the credit union's collection coordinator. Gonzalez lost her home during the hurricane.

Santos along with Bryan McMillen, board chair, and Jonathan Kaufman, president/CEO at IFF Employees FCU, Hazlet, N.J., presented $1,500 checks to Beverly Weston, senior teller, and Laura Larsen, operations manager. Both Weston and Larsen lost their homes during the storm.
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