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Consumers CU Wraps Up Summer Of Community Work
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (8/16/13)--Consumers CU, based in Waukegan, Ill., has wrapped up another summer filled with community outreach activities, completing a lineup of 11 events.

Click to view larger image Waukegan, Ill.-based Consumers CU's "Team CCU" participated in many community activities this summer as part of its outreach efforts. CCU employees and families are pictured here at the Round Lake Area Parade in May. (Photo provided by Consumers CU)
"Summer is a fantastic time to demonstrate the credit union's commitment to our members and the communities we serve," said Sean M. Rathjen, president.  "Long days, warm nights and a wide variety of community activities create the perfect opportunity for us to have some fun and enjoy the company of our family, friends and neighbors."

The $604 million asset CCU's 2013 activities included festivals, parades and community celebrations.

This year's schedule kicked off with the Round Lake Area Chamberfest and Expo on March 13, followed by the Round Lake Area Memorial Day Parade on May 27.  The credit union also participated in several neighborhood events such as Mundelein Days in early July. In the first two weeks of August, CCU participated in North Chicago Days, Most Blessed Trinity's Tri-Parish Kermes in Waukegan and Gurnee Days. 

CCU volunteers handed out candy, CCU shirts, coin coloring books and CCU Frisbees, as well as CCU blue tote bags to provide a way to store collectibles and other items while at the events.

Team CCU also raised funds for causes.  Its walking team raised more than $4,500 for American Cancer Society's Waukegan Relay for Life event, and CCU donated $1,400 to the March of Dimes organization in April.

Rathjen noted the "many employees who enjoy helping us support these events. Many volunteer their time on weekends, bringing along their spouses, children and other relatives to help out." Giving backing to the community is "a philosophy our founders embraced when the credit union first started in 1930, and it's a tradition we continue to support today."
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