MADISON, Wis. (2/10/10)--Funds contributed by the credit union movement for colleagues in earthquake-stricken Haiti have reached another milestone--$700,000, reported the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. Two New York credit unions and the Indiana Credit Union League helped the fund hit that total Tuesday, said the foundation, which is the international charitable arm of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). "We reached $700,000 today. A $50,000 gift from Melrose CU, Briarwood, N.Y., via CUAid.coop and a $20,000 gift to WOCCU from Municipal CU, also in New York, sure helped," said Valerie Breunig, executive director of the foundation. Also in the total: $100 contributed by the Indiana Credit Union League in the name of the Louisiana Credit Union League. The two leagues, whose states had teams in the Super Bowl Sunday, had engaged in a friendly pre-game wager, with the losing state's league contributing $100 to the Haiti relief fund on behalf of the winning state's league. New Orleans Saints won the contest, 31-17, over the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana league anteed up Tuesday. Haiti, which has an active credit union movement with 175 credit unions and 404,090 members, also is the site of a WOCCU project. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please indicate the donation is designated for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. U.S. credit unions also can support WOCCU's relief efforts by donating through the National Credit Union Foundation's CU Aid system at www.CUAid.coop.