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CUNA Mutual contribution to Haiti relief hits 45K
MADISON, Wis. (3/8/10)--Due to a tremendous response from employees, CUNA Mutual Group's contribution to the Haiti credit union disaster relief efforts has reached $45,000, said CUNA Mutual Thursday. More than 225 CUNA Mutual employees donated a total $15,000. CUNA Mutual's corporate contribution and matching funds increased that amount to $45,000. The contribution will assist the Caribbean country's recovery from the January earthquake. It will be administered through the U.S. credit union community's CUAid for Disaster Relief in Haiti. CUAid.coop was activated by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), in conjunction with the World Council of Credit Unions' Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, after the earthquake struck.. Donations raised through CUAid for Disaster Relief in Haiti will be disbursed by the Worldwide Foundation. Jill Stevenson, marketing and communications coordinator for NCUF, told News Now Friday that total donations raised via CUAid system is $418,416.62. That is in addition to funds raised through the Worldwide Foundation. The overall total from the Worldwide Foundation is just over $800,000, said Valerie Breunig, foundation executive director. Others reporting philanthropic efforts related to Haiti include Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md., which collected more than $7,100 in donations from employees and members for the effort. "The need for assistance is ongoing, and we are proud to support the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions and these other organizations in their efforts," said Chris McDonald, Andrews FCU president/CEO. Some credit unions have also given to the American Red Cross. On Feb. 26, Altura CU, based in Riverside, Calif., presented a $42,000 check to that organization for Haiti earthquake relief after CEO Mark Hawkins issued a call for each member to contribute $1. It used online banking to make giving easier. "By pooling our donations, we were able to make a significant contribution," he said. Students, teachers and staff at Riverside Unified School District schools also contributed more than $21,000 to the fund. "It was really wonderful to see our members embrace this concept and contribute what they were able to, to help others," said Hawkins. To support Haiti's credit unions and members through the international credit union disaster fund, make payments, via check, credit card or wire to:

Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Inc.

5710 Mineral Point Road

Madison, WI 53705, USA

Donations also can be made online with a credit card at www.woccu.org/give. For wire transfer information, contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions at 608-395-2055 or via e-mail vbreunig@woccu.org. Please indicate the donation is designated for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. U.S. credit unions can support WOCCU's relief efforts by donating through CUAid.coop. For more information, use the links.
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