COLUMBIA, Md. (8/12/08)--The board of the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) has moved to unite two key committees and widen the scope of the combined committee's outreach efforts. "MDDCCUA wants to expand and enhance the outreach efforts of the association and credit unions by having talented, credit union officials work together to help consumers understand the strengths and opportunities available at the 179 Maryland and DC credit unions," announced MDDCCUA Chairman J. Wesley Bone. The Community Outreach and Cooperative Marketing committees will combine into a single Community Outreach Committee, chaired by Bert Hash. Hash is president/CEO of MECU of Baltimore and vice chairman of MDDCCUA. Mike Dilworth, chief of marketing and business development at Freedom FCU will be vice chair. He formerly chaired the Cooperative Marketing Committee. "Both committees have proven strong voices and perform great work," said Hash. "Working together will give those efforts one voice representing credit unions throughout Maryland and District of Columbia." The new committee's scope will be broadened to include:
* Credit union awareness. The committee will develop a credit union "Safety and Soundness" media campaign for Maryland and DC to run in fourth quarter; * Financial empowerment events for consumers. Credit unions can act as partners in developing and sponsoring new and established events in the region; * REAL Solutions. The committee will expand area credit unions' involvement in activities that provide outreach tools and learning opportunities for consumers; and * The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10K Run. The committee will promote the charity event, which raised more than $1 million this year for the Children's Miracle Network with more than $500l000 going directly to local children's hospitals.