NAPERVILLE, Ill. (11/21/13)--Illinois credit unions continue to help their employees, friends and family members recover from Sunday's devastating tornadoes.
Latest estimates by weather officials show that at least nine tornadoes are confirmed to have touched down in Illinois Sunday--the highest number of tornadoes to occur in any one November weather event in the state on record, according to the Illinois Credit Union League. To date, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has declared 13 state counties as disaster areas.
On Monday, CEFCU, Peoria, donated $100,000 to the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross, Central Illinois Tornado Relief. CEFCU maintains a branch in Washington, Ill., a town of about 15,000, and one the areas hardest hit by the tornadoes.
CEFCU has also set up Red Cross donation canisters all of its 20 Illinois member centers and is holding employee casual days to collect more funds.
Farther downstate, SIU CU, hosted a pizza lunch at its branch in Metropolis, Ill., which is about five miles away from where a tornado struck the town of Brookport. The credit union sent an email blast to all of its members in that area and is calling each one individually to see how they are faring and see what type of assistance they may need. So far, those needs include water and toiletries.
SIU CU, Carbondale, Ill., also sent three employees to Metropolis to assist in the emergency supply relief effort, and provided cases of water for donation. Members can make monetary and other donations at all SI CU branches.
In central Illinois, Heartland CU, Springfield, Ill., contributed funds to a local radio station and will assist in filling a semi-trailer full of water for the people of Washington. The truck will be sent back with the Washington High School football team after a state semifinal football game Saturday against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.
Heartland CU will also a jeans day for employees today to raise funds for storm relief in Central Illinois. The money raised will be donated to the Red Cross.