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CUs helping storm victims in several states
MADISON, Wis. (7/18/11)--Several credit unions nationwide are helping victims of devastating storms recover by providing loans, supplies and donation checks.
Click to view larger image Presenting a $5,000 donation check for tornado debris removal to Steve Kirkpatrick (second from left), president of the United Way of Madison County, Ala., were, from left, Greg Olmsted, Marquetta Cantrell, June Landrum, and Selina Billions, all officers of the Northeast Alabama Chapter of Credit Unions. A $2,500 donation from the credit union chapter had been matched by the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation for the debris removal. The foundation is associated with the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, which serves credit unions throughout Alabama and Florida. (Photo provided by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions)
The Northeast Alabama Chapter of Credit Unions and the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation presented a $5,000 check Thursday to Steve Kirkpatrick, president of the United Way of Madison County, Ala., for debris removal needed in the aftermath of April tornados. Members of the chapter include Alabama CU, Tuscaloosa; Alabama Telco CU, Birmingham; Councill FCU, Normal; Family Savings CU, Gadsden; Family Security CU, Decatur; North Alabama Educators CU, Huntsville; Redstone FCU, Huntsville; Rocket City FCU, Huntsville; Stevenson (Ala.) CU; and Wolverine Employees CU, Decatur. Individual credit unions also have assisted disaster victims in many ways since April. A $2,500 donation from the credit union chapter had been matched by the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation for the debris removal. The foundation is associated with the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, which serves credit unions throughout Alabama and Florida. Other examples are:
* Great Lakes CU (GLCU), North Chicago, Ill., is helping storm victims with a discounted Signature Loan program available to members in three counties of Illinois and Wisconsin. The limited-time loan program is--a 12.99% annual percentage rate with a 48-month maximum term and borrowing limits to a maximum of $5,000. “Some area residents are struggling in the aftermath of the recent violent storm and are encouraged to apply at any of GLCU’s seven Lake County branch locations or online,” said Vikki Kaiser, president/CEO. “We would like to assist people with any unexpected expenses they may have incurred since the storm [July 11] wherever possible, whether it is to help pay for downed-tree removal or to help pay for any repairs they may need to their home or vehicles.” * Pioneer West FCU, Charleston, W.Va., collected relief supply items--blankets, baby items, nonperishable food, health and beauty items, toiletries, disposable plates and utensils, and monetary donations--in a community-minded effort to help victims of severe tornados in Joplin, Mo., in May (Charleston Gazette July 13). More than 150 people were killed when tornados struck Joplin and surrounding areas. All four branches of the credit union participated--including employees and members--with a pickup truck full of the donations slated to head to Missouri last week.
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