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CUs back-to-school projects in full swing
MADISON, Wis. (8/18/09)--Credit unions nationwide are helping to prepare students for the start of school by collecting and distributing school supplies and other materials for those in need.
Click to view larger image Waukesha Randolph shops for back-to-school clothes with a student. Waukesha was one of 52 Virginia CU employees who shopped with schoolchildren as part of the credit union’s support for the YMCA Bright Beginnings program
Click to view larger image Virginia CU (VACU) employees, from left, Natasha McDonald-Henley, Jamie Hart and Andrea Seaborn deliver a few of the 150 backpacks of school supplies collected by VACU employees to the Downtown YMCA. (Photos provided by the Virginia Credit Union League)
Fifty-two employees of Virginia CU, Richmond, Va., helped youth shop for new back-to-school clothes at a local Target store as part of the YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program. Contributions from the community helped pay for the clothes. Virginia CU employees also donated money to stock more than 150 backpacks with school supplies for youth at the YMCA. Other credit union supply drives:
* Tempe (Ariz.) Schools CU employees donated more than 1,000 school supplies to Communities in Schools of Arizona, an organization that helps youth stay in school. The credit union also donated 75 pairs of shoes and 75 backpacks. The credit union said this year’s school supply drive was the most successful in the four years since the program was established; * Omni Community CU, Battle Creek, Mich., purchased more than 500 backpacks and invited members and area residents to donate school supplies for its annual Project Backpack program. They will be distributed to schools throughout Southeastern Michigan; and * MaPS CU, Salem, Ore., recently kicked off a school supply drive. It is encouraging members to donate supplies at MaPS CU branches for students in the Salem-Keizer School District.


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