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Hundreds in Missouri HFOT Build Brigade
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (4/15/10)--Hundreds of volunteers, including credit unions and the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA),
Staff Sgt. Robert Canine (center) helped to raise the first wall to build his new home with the help of family, friends, and credit union representatives who volunteered their time to participate in a three-day Build Brigade to construct Canine’s home. (Photos provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
Click to view larger image About 450 volunteers, including credit union representatives, helped with a three-day Build Brigade to construct a home for Staff Sgt. Robert Canine and his family through the Homes for Our Troops program.
participated in a build brigade to construct a home for Staff Sgt. Robert Canine and his family in Columbia, Mo., as a part of the Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) program. HFOT estimated that 450 people participated in the three-day brigade last weekend. Missouri credit union representatives traveled to the site to participate. Volunteers also stopped by the site to thank Canine for his service, and cars parked on the streets had signs welcoming the family. People also wrote messages on the backside of the home’s shingles, according to MCUA (The Missouri difference April 14). “The Build Brigade was such a rewarding experience,” said Linda Fedrick, Anheuser-Busch Employees’ CU vice president of member relations. “I had the chance to meet Canine and his wife, and they are a terrific and modest couple.” “The house is amazing,” Canine added. “It’s more than I expected--more than anyone could have expected--and I’m so thankful for everyone who is making this possible.” HFOT, a program supported by credit unions and the Credit Union National Association, helps build specially adapted homes for wounded soldiers. Credit unions participating in the brigade include:
* Alliance CU, Fenton; * Anheuser-Busch Employees’ CU, St. Louis; * County CU, Clayton; * Mazuma CU, Kansas City; * Mid Missouri CU, Fort Leonard Wood; * Missouri CU, Columbia; * Neighbors CU, St. Louis; * River Region CU, Jefferson City; * Rolla (Mo.) FCU; * United CU, Mexico; and * Missouri Corporate CU, St. Louis.


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